San Miguel Corp. boss Ramon S. Ang has confirmed that Tim Cone will be the new coach of Barangay Ginebra, saying the PBA's most successful coach's transfer from Star will be finalized upon his arrival from the US.
"Yes, Tim Cone is moving to Ginebra," Ang told Spin.ph in an interview on Monday.
"He'll get his memo upon his return from the country," Ang added of Cone, who is set to return to the country on Tuesday from a scouting trip in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Ang's statements confirmed a stunning rigodon of coaches in the San Miguel camp that will see the ascension of Jason Webb to the Star top job and the departure of Frankie Lim from Ginebra after just one conference in charge.
Cone's arrival is expected to invigorate a Ginebra side that has not won a league championship in eight seasons, prompting changes that should extend to player personnel as the two-time grand slam coach brings in his pet triangle offense.
Ang, however, was quick to temper expectations, saying he expects Ginebra to be a 'formidable team' under Cone but warning that success won't come overnight.
"Ginebra is expected to become a formidable team, but I would like to manage the expectations of fans in the first two years," said the SMC big boss. "Di ganoon kabililis 'yan."
Cone is expected to bring with him longtime assistant Richard del Rosario to the Ginebra camp, where assistant coaches Olsen Racela and Freddie Abuda will likely be retained.
Webb, who has no previous coaching experience before joining Purefoods last year, will now be inheriting the coaching job in a Star team which Cone led to five championships including a first grand slam in four seasons.
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