No new Star Hotshots head coach yet

MANILA, Philippines – There is no new Star Hotshots head coach yet.

After Ramon S. Ang, San Miguel Corporation president and owner of both Star Hotshots and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel confirmed on Monday, July 20 that Tim Cone will be transferring from Star Hotshots to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, to replace Frankie Lim as the team’s new head coach, reports said that Jason Webb will replace Cone as the Hotshots’ head coach. However, Webb’s appointment is not yet final since another name surfaced as a possible candidate to replace Cone.

According to Inquirer, a source told them on Tuesday, July 21, that Richard del Rosario’s name came up as a last minute candidate.

The source, who asked to keep his identity as secret said the upper management of San Miguel Corporation is considering del Rosario for the position since he is familiar with the moves and plays of the Hotshots.

Comparing the background of the two candidates, del Rosario became one of the team’s assistant head coaches in 2010 and he used to have a head coaching experience in the NCAA with the St. Benilde Blazers while Webb came in only in the last season and can be considered a rookie compared to the other assistant coaches.

Cone is still in the United States for a scouting trip in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada. Once he returns to the country, he will receive the memo to formalize his transfer to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

He is expected to bring his well-known triangle offense to Barangay Ginebra, who had not won a league championship in eight seasons. However, Ang told the Barangay Ginebra fans not to expect immediate results.

“Di ganoon kabililis ‘yan,” he said (It’s not that fast.)

Cone spent 22 years with Alaska, winning a Grand Slam with the squad in 1996. He moved to the Purefoods franchise in 2011 and led the team to five titles in four seasons, including a Grand Slam in 2014.

As for the Hotshots’ new head coach, the San Miguel management is expected to announce their choice one of these days.