Can’t blame Ginebra’s legion of fans for their mixed reactions during the Kings’ first two losses to start the season.
But Cone believes they don’t need to panic just because Ginebra opened the season with losses to Star and Barako Bull.
“We’re not where we want to be at this point. But it’s certainly not panic time,” said Cone.
“We’ve adopted well to what we do in practice but come game-time and under the bright lights, we haven’t learned to keep our discipline.”
The defeat to Star, which Cone led to five championships in his last four seasons, was deflating to start with.
They fell by 31 points early in the second half, a hole too deep to overcome, leading to their 86-78 setback to open the season.
Against the Energy, the Kings opened a 21-point lead in the first half, but allowed Barako Bull to slowly chip the lead away, en route to come-from-behind 82-79 win Sunday.
Ginebra faces bigger problem on Sunday (12 midnight) when Cone’s team goes up against Alaska in Dubai, UAE.
The Aces are known for their discipline both on offense and defense, a reason why Cone was the first to admit that they still have a lot of work to do.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “But I am very happy with the players’ effort. we knew we would need to be patient.”
Other than slotman Greg Slaughter, who has been spectacular in scoring and rebounding during Ginebra’s first two games, the rest will have to start contributing in order to start the ball rolling for the league’s most popular ball club.
Cone has said time and time again that the triangle offense is a system that gives everybody equal opportunity to score. Thus, every Ginebra player will have to be at the right place at the right time in order for the “triangle” to click.