Tim Cone 'incredibly honored, proud' to be selected as coach for SEA Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — Barangay Ginebra mentor Tim Cone has been named the Gilas Pilipinas head coach for the upcoming 2019 Southeast (SEA) Games, he confirmed Monday.

"Even though my appointment is just a stop gap measure and a short term commitment, I am incredibly honored and proud to be selected to coach in the SEA Games. Wow! I'm very happy to help in any way. I will sit down with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) over the next couple of days and come up with a plan of attack in terms of preparation, and we're hoping by the end of the week we'll have a pool of players working together at full force. I'm extremely excited to get going," Cone said in a statement sent to CNN Philippines.

Cone, the winningest coach in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) history with 21 championships, is now tasked to guide the men's national basketball team to its fifth consecutive gold medal in the biennial sports meet.

Leading the national squad is nothing new for the 51-year-old American as he already served as head coach back in 1998 when he steered the Filipinos to a gold in the William Jones Cup and bronze in the Asian Games of that year.

The 2019 SEA Games will run from November 30 to December 11 this year. It’s the biggest SEA Games yet as it features 56 sports and 523 events spread across 39 venues in Clark, Subic, Tagaytay, La Union, Batangas, and Metro Manila.