Barangay Ginebra’s Tim Cone to join Miami Heat’s Summer League coaching staff – ESPN

Tim Cone, the most successful coach in PBA history, is headed for the NBA Summer League.

The Barangay Ginebra head coach, who has won a record 24 PBA championships, will get an opportunity to immerse himself in the NBA world after receiving an invitation from old friend and fellow champion coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat to serve as an assistant coach on the NBA franchise’s 2022 Summer League team.

“I’ve been invited to work with the Heat from the Summer League team, which starts in San Francisco and goes through Vegas,” Cone told One Sports.

“The bottom line is I’ll be an assistant coach to their head coach, who’s going to be Malik Allen. He will coach the Summer League team.

“This is very humbling for me and I’m willing to go in there and do whatever it takes.”

The 2022 NBA Summer League runs from July 2 to 17 in San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, starting with the California Classic to be hosted by the Golden State Warriors.

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The Heat will play the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings before facing the hosts Warriors on July 5. After that, the Heat fly to Las Vegas to take on the Boston Celtics on July 9, the Atlanta Hawks on July 12, the Philadelphia 76ers on July 13, and the Toronto Raptors on July 15. The team can play more games if it qualifies for the knockout-format playoffs, which start on July 16.

During this stretch, Cone will miss Barangay Ginebra’s games against the Converge FiberXers, Terrafirma Dyip, TNT Tropang Giga, and Meralco Bolts. Assistant coach Richard Del Rosario will take over for the team.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for Coach Richard,” Cone said. “Nothing’s gonna change. He’s not gonna put in a whole new system when I leave.

“He’s the No. 1 adjustment coach on our team, anyway. He’s basically the guy that does the adjustments. So he’s actually more valuable than me during games.”

Cone will become the second PBA coach to serve as an assistant with an NBA team in the Summer League.

Former Bolts and San Miguel Beermen assistant coach Jimmy Alapag was an assistant with the Sacramento Kings in the 2019 Summer League after being invited by then-Kings general manager Vlade Divac.

He returned in that role last year, when the Kings won the Summer League title, and was later named to the Stockton Kings coaching staff in the NBA G-League.

Like Alapag, it was a friendship with an NBA figure that led to the opportunity for Cone, who revealed the offer came up after Spoelstra himself had brought up Alapag in a recent conversation.

“I think it’s no secret that I’m a good friend of Erik Spoelstra and it’s a relationship that we’ve developed over maybe 10, 12, 15 years,” Cone explained.

“It actually all started with Jimmy Alapag. He became a guest coach with the Sacramento Kings in the Summer League, and then after the Summer League became an assistant coach with their G-League team.

“So one day I was speaking to Erik Spoelstra, and Erik said to me, ‘Hey, I heard Jimmy’s here doing something with the Sacramento Kings’ and I said ‘yeah’. And he said, ‘Why aren’t you doing that with us?’ And I go, ‘Well, I’ve never been invited’.

“But I told him I would love to do something like that one day, just to immerse myself, be a fly on the wall, go get copy, whatever it takes.”

Summer League teams are usually handled by assistant coaches, so Cone does not expect to see Spoelstra very often.

“Erik Spoelstra does not involve himself with Summer League,” he added.

“He comes just to visit for three or four days just to say hello to the coaching staff, but he doesn’t attend the games, really, in a serious manner.

“He doesn’t sit on the bench. So the connection with Erik is not there. It’s really gonna be with Coach Allen.

“Coach Allen is a 10-year NBA vet, and he’s been an assistant coach in various NBA teams. He has been Coach Spo’s assistant coach since 2019. So I will be somehow assisting him.”

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