Tim Cone clarifies Gilas Men SEAG coaching offer "just a stopgap position"

Tim Cone's Gilas Men stint could be short-lived. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

BINAN--Coach Tim Cone reiterated that he will come up with a final decision on whether he will accept the role to become Gilas Pilipinas Men coach for the Southeast Asian Games by Monday.

However, on Sunday night, he revealed an interesting detail about what his upcoming national team stint, should he accept it, will look like.

"I understand fully that if I take the position, it's just a stopgap position. It's not commitment to the Gilas head coaching. It's just that the SEA Games is coming up quickly. They want someone to step in and do it. I could easily be a one-and-done guy: just coach the SEA Games and that's it," Cone said.

But he added that he is fine with it.

"I'm perfectly OK with that," Cone continued.

The mad dash to findthe next Gilas Men coach for the SEAG began when Yeng Guiao suddenly announced his decision to resign after a lackluster performance in the FIBA World Cup that saw Gilas Men finishing dead last and eventually losing a chance to play again in the OQT.

[Related Story: Yeng Guiao resigns as Gilas Men coach following dismal FIBA WC stint]

However, Cone further said that the SBP's real goal is the 2023 FIBA World Cup that it will mainly host together with Japan and Indonesia.

"Me coaching that (SEA Games) will give them time to put their search committee together and find the guy they really want to coach in 2023," he continued.

Despite the clause of the offer, Cone remains thankful to the SBP for offering him the SEA Games team coaching.

"I'm honored obviously that they thought about me. It wasn't something I went and applied for. I know they came to me. I'll do what I can for everybody," Cone vowed.

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