Cone likely heading to Ginebra as coaching rigodon with Star set to take place--report

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Coach Tim Cone's days with Star could be numbered already.

A report by Malaya's Noli Cortez on Thursday said that the PBA's winningest mentor in terms of championships is set to take over Ginebra as San Miguel Corp. head honcho Ramon Ang ordered both the Gin Kings and the Hotshots to have a coaching makeover.

According to Cortez, the former president of the PBA Press Corps, the reshuffling of coaching posts of both Ginebra and Star, the two clubs with the biggest fanbases in the league, has been in the rumor mill for weeks and further gained ground after former Ginebra coach and now team manager and altranate governor Alfrancis Chua was appointed as the team's PBA board representative.

Once it becomes official, Cone will replace Frankie Lim as the Gin Kings' coach.

Lim became Ginebra's mentor prior to the Governors' Cup, but the team barely made the quarterfinals on the final day of the eliminations and was ousted by eventual finalists Alaska in a game marred by an altercation between him and Calvin Abueva.

Lim was fined PHP50 thousand and incurred a one-game ban for his part in the said commotion, and it was said to be the reason for the team management to hand Lim the pink slip.

Jason Webb, one of Cone's assistants in the Purefoods franchise, will become the new coach of the club once Cone's appointment as Ginebra's coach gets formalized.