On the seventh day of the seventh month, Tim Cone won his 700th career victory.
To make it even more memorable, Cone did it in the first televised game at the new SM Mall of Asia Arena.
“I told my players that it will be cool to win tonight (Saturday) as you can tell your story to your grand kids, 10, 15 or 20 years from now that you’re the first team to win in the PBA’s first game at the MOA Arena,” said Cone after the game.
With B-MEG’s 94-91 win over Talk ‘N Text, Cone padded his victory total. He already owns the most career victories for coaches in the PBA, with his closest pursuer, Baby Dalupan, having been retired for more than 20 years.
However, Cone said his record, noted by PBA head of stats Fidel Mangonon III, still pales compared to Dalupan, whom he considers his coaching idol.
“Baby got his wins a lot faster than me,” said Cone. “I guess longevity played a big part in achieving such feat.”
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