MANILA, Philippines – Tim Cone is the most decorated trainer in PBA history, but without the legends that paved the way, he would never have climbed.
Of the many who influenced his basketball career, Cone selected some in the PBA.
"That was NBA, but I was actually more influenced by PBA players," Cone, who has 22 PBA titles including a pair of Grand Slams under his belt, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
That was NBA, but I was actually more influenced by PBA players.
1. Robert Jaworski
2. Ramon Fernandez
3. Francis Arnaiz
4. Yoyong Martirez
– Tim Cone (@manilacone) March 25, 2020
The Barangay Ginebra mentor cited Robert Jaworski, Ramon Fernandez, Francis Arnaiz and Yoyong Martirez as "those who made you love basketball when you grew up."
Jaworski, whom Cone called "the most important player of all time" in the PBA, and Fernandez, 19-time champion and top scorer in the league, are widely regarded as two of the greatest PBA players ever.
Like Jaworski and Fernandez, Arnaiz and Martires were part of the Philippine team that won the gold medal at the Fiba Asia Championship in 1973.
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