Cone unveiled as Ginebra coach; Webb takes over Star

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Coach Tim Cone and assistant coach Richard del Rosario make the move to Barangay Ginebra, while Jason Webb takes over the Star Hotshots.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — After much speculation, San Miguel Corp. formally introduced Tim Cone as the new head coach of Barangay Ginebra on Thursday (July 23) in front of selected members of the media.

“Welcome to Barangay Ginebra,” said Ginebra president Rey Marquez to Cone.

After a trophy laden spell with the Star Hotshots, Cone looks forward to working with Ginebra.

“I'll be honest, the last thing I expected was to coach Ginebra," said Cone. "I'm excited, looking forward to challenge.”

The Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA's) most decorated coach moves on from the Hotshots, where he claimed his second Grand Slam of titles.

Managing expectations

With a winning tradition attached to his name, Cone urged caution for those expecting instant results.

“The hardest thing for a Ginebra coach is trying to meet expectations,” said Cone. “It's gonna take time.”

Accompanying Cone on the move to Ginebra is Richard del Rosario, former Star assistant, who played under Cone with the Alaska Aces in the early 2000s.

"Richard will be going with me," said Cone. "He's my strategist."

Assistant coach Johnny Abarrientos is expected to stay with the Hotshots, while assistant coach Olsen Racela is set to reunite with Cone and del Rosario.

Ginebra hopes that Cone’s championship pedigree could rub off on a franchise that is currently experiencing a title drought that goes as far back as 2008.

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New beginnings

Replacing Tim Cone at the helm of the Hotshots is rookie head coach Jason Webb.

“I'm confident as we start a new era the best man to lead us is Coach Jason Webb,” said Purefoods president Butch Alejo.

Before Cone swapped sides, Webb shared that Cone told him to be true to himself and shake up the way the team currently plays.

“Whatever I'm going to do is true to me. Very aggressive, high intensity,”  said Webb. “Offensively, not going to run the Triangle.”

Webb joined the staff of the Hotshots last year as the Hotshots claimed their Grand Slam, after Jeffrey Cariaso’s move to Ginebra.