Tim Cone registered pertinent numbers that will be a fixture in the PBA record books for quite a while. Here are some of the records the winningest coach owns:
Cone extends his league-leading titles won as head coach
May 23, 2022 – By winning the 2021-22 Governors’ Cup, Cone bagged his 24th title as shot-caller for Alaska, Magnolia, and Ginebra. 6 of these titles came while he was with the Kings.
He has two grand slam years, one with Alaska and another with Magnolia.
Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan trails him with 15 titles while calling shots for Crispa, Great Taste, and Magnolia.
Losing coach Norman Black’s 11 is third. Black owns a triple crown victory when he steered San Miguel to the 1989 grand slam.
Chot Reyes (9), Jong Uchico (9), Leo Austria (8), and Yeng Guiao (7) round up the top seven.
Cone owns the third conference
May 23, 2022 – Since entering the league in 1989, Cone dominated the third conference, an import reinforced conference of which the import is smaller when comparing the year’s two import-laden conferences.
Blessed with hard-working all-around imports Sean Chambers and Brownlee, Cone reached the finals 15 times of the total 26 stagings. He won 11 of them.
Incidentally, he owns the biggest collapse in this conference when Alaska lost the 1990 edition to Magnolia (then Purefoods) despite opening the best-of-five series with a 2-0 lead.
By Armando Bolislis
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