Tim Cone and the art of winning

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On the wall of Tim Korn’s private den is a mounted copy of the December 1991 Sports Weekly Magazine issue. On the cover is the face of 34-year-old Korn and 45-year-old Robert Jawaski. The cover story is about the Five Best of PBA Third Conference Championship Series between Alaska and Ginebra.

Cone chose to frame this particular cover photo. This is because Milkman represents his first PBA title as a coach as he beat Ginebras 3: 1 in the final.

“That’s my first championship,” Korn recalled. “At the time, I was a young man, and so was Big J (Jaworski), so I was about to win the first final just before the final started. At that time, with Sean Chambers. Big J had Wes Matthews as an import. “

Today, the picture serves another purpose. Korn is currently leading the franchise he defeated to win his first PBA title, leading them to three of the last four League Championships. The montage of him and the original Ginebra icon Jahorski is to remind him of the great responsibility he currently bears as the coach of the most popular PBA franchise to date.

“You have an organizational heritage through Sonny Jaworski. It’s a heritage that’s hard to follow, so it pushes you forward and keeps you moving. It’s because of our huge fan base that we must always live. Don’t be. They want us. To achieve and continue. So we always put it first. “

The fact that Korn and his team have lived up to the expectations of the fans is like saying that LA Tenorio is an okay and serviceable point guard. Since Korn moved from San Mig Coffee in 2015, the franchise has won six titles, keeping the legacy alive and making the demanding fandom happy.

These six titles have boosted the personal carrying of corn to an astonishing 24. That’s nine more than the legendary Baby Dalpan in second place. He is the only coach to win a Grand Slam in two different teams. He has won at least five titles at every stop he has made, including Alaska, B-Meg / San Mig Coffee, and Ginebra. He is arguably the best and most successful PBA coach ever.

Cornesden is full of photographs, trophies and other souvenirs celebrating the most significant achievements of his career, which began in 1989. Next to the cover of Alaska-Ginebra magazine is a courtside shot of the Ginebra bench during Round 7 of the 2017 Governor’s Cup. The final was held in front of more than 54,000 fans.

He picks up his cell phone (talking about zooming) and quickly scans the room to show what’s on display in his personal hall. Some of the images show him with his best friend, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, and three other Grand Slam-winning PBA coaches (Darpan, Tommy Manotok). , Norman Black) and some are posing.

Ask him if there is a framed photo in each of his 24 PBA titles. He laughs when he answers. “If you put up all the walls, you don’t have enough space on the walls. You only have the ones you have selected.”

Is there anything else he wants to hang on those walls?

“As you know, I always get that question.’Is there anything else I can do?’Yes, yeah, you can keep winning the following, you just keep going. Don’t count them, you don’t think about them, and I enjoy what I do. I enjoy being around everyone, I enjoy teaching games Aspects And for the last 32 years I don’t think I’ve worked a day in my life. This doesn’t work for me. I’m not really focused on goals, numbers, etc. Next. “

How about giving Ginebra what he gave to Alaska and San Mig Coffee?

“We are not thinking [a Grand Slam].. First, I actually won three of the last four championships. Come to think of it, I lost in the Governor’s Cup, the Bubble, and the (2021) Bubble. And I won the Governor’s Cup again. So I won three of the last four. This is astounding in our heads.

“Winning the Grand Slam is exactly there. First, the season is already over. So now we have to start with one. So, from one to three, about three. I don’t even think .. Really, the Grand Slam isn’t what we’re focusing on. We’ve never even returned to the days of Alaska and San Mig Coffee. We talk and think about winning the Grand Slam. I didn’t do it. It’s an opportunity, and hopefully I have a chance to grab it, because there are many teams that can win two but not three. That makes the Grand Slam special. There is. “

Korn rarely sets a wide range of goals for himself or his team. Like other masters of their technique who have reached a new level of enlightenment, it is in the journey where he gains his fulfillment.

“I’m not a goal maker. In fact, I’m not focused on goals. I’m John Maxwell’s tycoon. John Maxwell talks about growth and goals. I’m a personal growth and team. I want to grow .. And that’s what we really focus on. “

To this end, Korn was delighted to see Scottie Thompson blooming the superstar in front of him.

“It’s so much fun to be around someone like Scotty and see his game develop, and only a few of them. These guys are the ones who work, and everything you do Basically gave them an opportunity.

“Everything around it that I’ve enjoyed in LA for years, and of course Joe Dvance. It’s really about the players and watching them get better and grow.”

Only eight days after Ginebra defeated Meralco to win the Governor’s Cup, the 2022 PBA calendar has been compressed, so the team has only a six-week off-season, the next season on June 5th. The Philippines will open. cup. Zinkings talked about the importance of winning this next one. They won the conference in 2020, but won the Clark Bubble, which was not attended by fans. The bubble title wasn’t a fluke because it presented its own challenges, but there’s something to win in front of 20,000 screaming fans.

“The bubble championship was very surreal because we didn’t have any fans,” Korn said. “I remember after we won, we looked at each other and said,’Well, what’s right now?’ No one was talking,” Well, at the hotel. Let’s go back. ” Winning that first bubble was a great achievement. It was very new. No one has ever done such a thing. And I was able to overcome all the little things that happened to you during the bubble. Also, it’s a really big achievement.

“Still, I couldn’t do that in front of the fans, and as I said before, this was all about the players, it was all about the fans, and the players were thrilled. But I couldn’t thrill the fans, so I’m there now. That’s what we want to do. I want to win in front of the fans of Ginebra. That.

“It’s a great moment. You walk down the street wherever you go, people talk and congratulate you, it goes on for a long time. It will win the absolute thrill in front of Ginebra fans. It’s It will certainly be our goal so far. “

For now, the team is in vacation mode and Korn won’t put them back for practice until about three weeks before the opening date or just after the rookie draft on May 15. In contrast, the other teams started practicing two weeks ago. Not to mention the Grand Slam, it’s a big reason why it’s so difficult to win consecutive titles in PBA.

“It’s hard to get that engine running early in the next meeting after winning the championship. You often get a late start. But I’m going to give them the maximum time to win them. I’m trying to get my body to rest in the right place, away from the game and not thinking too much about the game. “

When everyone is recharged, Korn begins preparing his coach at his record 86th PBA conference. He will probably welcome at least one newcomer to the team and slowly convince the old veteran to bring it back into the game. They need to be ready for a long grind. If all goes well, another picture frame could soon be hanging from Timcorn’s den.

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