Meralco-Trainer Normal Black. PHOTO / TRISTAN TAMAYO INQUIRY
Everything, Mt. Everest conqueror Edmund Hillary once said that motivation is important. If people wanted to achieve something, they would work hard for it.
Meralco's coach Norman Black has his own Everest in scale.
Black is one of the best-known coaches in the PBA, one of the few elite teams to have won the slippery Grand Slam. Black has also won 11 PBA crowns and once led Ateneo to five direct college titles. But since leaving the Blue Eagles, Black has won just one title with TNT in the 2012/13 season, losing two Governor's Cup final series against another excellent coach, Tim Cone, and the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
But black is not just about climbing mountains.
"It's not about me, it's about the team," said Black, when asked if his dryness in coaching would be an additional motivation for the title war against the kings that started with Game 1 on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum starts.
"I am motivated for my team, not for me personally," he said.
Cone doesn't have to look far to find greater motivation than his own. He just has to stare at the yard. On the several rows behind the courtyard. At the stands. With practically everyone outside the arena.
"Everywhere on the street you know a Ginebra fan shows up," said Cone. "They know we know they want us to win."
"I think in terms of the edge we have, I think it's always the Ginebra crowd. They drive us to great heights all the time," added Cone. "[The fans] keep us high Level. [It’s something] You could go two ways: assume that you are against a lot of pressure, or take it and say that it will really help you get better. "The kings rely on their fans, to push them forward.
The screws? In an emerging rivalry where they have been beaten twice, motivation shouldn't be hard to find.
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