You see, Tenorio has played four seasons under incoming Ginebra coach Tim Cone during their brief time together with the Alaska Aces (2008-2011).
The Aces in fact, won the 2010 Fiesta Conference, with Tenorio earning the Finals MVP in the process.
Asked regarding his thoughts on the ‘triangle’, a system that produced 18 PBA titles for Cone during his 26-year coaching career in the league, Tenorio’s answer was like a status straight from Facebook – “it’s complicated”.
The complex system, he said, was obvious during coach Jeff Cariaso’s brief, two-conference stint at Ginebra during the 2014 Governors Cup and 2015 Philippine Cup.
The Gin Kings limped off to an even 5-5 win-loss card during their first conference under Cariaso, just good for sixth overall.
The offseason, however, gave Ginebra some time to work some more with Cariaso.
Tenorio admitted Ginebra was slowly making headway with the ‘triangle’ during the All-Filipino conference this season, though Cariaso had to mix it up with other plays just to make sure the Gin Kings can bring in the ‘Ws’ given the limited time.
But management had a ‘short fuse’ so to speak, giving Cariaso the pink slip after Ginebra crashed to a fifth place finish despite leading the elims for much of the Philippine Cup.
“Iba rin talaga yung triangle. Ginawa lang niya (Cariaso) yung magagawa niya kasi kulang siyempre sa time na binigay sa kanya dahil again, yung triangle, it takes a lot of time and dedication para mapatakbo mo talaga siya,” shared Tenorio after biking with teammate Mac Baracael in Laguna as part of their cross training.
Tenorio felt if Cariaso was given more time to run the system, Ginebra would have progressed throughout the season.
“Siyempre, bago pa rin lang siya (Cariaso) sa triangle, pero kung nagkaroon lang siya ng konting time pa, gaganda din naman ang takbo namin,” he added.
With Cone in tow, Tenorio expects the ‘master’ of the ‘triangle’ to optimize the talent of Ginebra, which boasts of the league’s tallest frontline today with Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.
“Alam ko, pagdating ni coach Tim, he will really go deep in the triangle,” he said.
“Mahirap yun at first, but eventually, it (effort and patience) will pay off. So kami, tiyaga lang talaga ang masasabi ko.”
Will the team still run-and-gun, something Ginebra has done since the heydays of the ‘Living Legend’ Sonny Jaworski?
“Expect mo na yung mababa ang score, kasi maganda ang depensa. So slow break na ngayon. Pero tiyaga lang talaga, and, the most important thing is, manalo ang team,” said Tenorio.