|Coach Tim Cone and Coach Leo Austria|
I am shaking in my Boots. Believe it or not that phrase came from the winningest Coach in the PBA and the current coach of Barangay Ginebra. Tim Cone is up against Leo Austria a long time a long time coach and a champion coach as well. There is a good reason to be shaking in his boots.
Tim Cone may have a slight edge of advantage in coaching having more championships under his belt but it does not assure him of a win against the tough SMB team.
We know it will be a big uphill challenge and we will continue to battle for the championship. We will find a way to compete and make them uncomfotable - Tim Cone.
Tim Cone knows the task ahead will not be easy. The SMB is the top team of the series and had looked seemingly unbeaten in the elimination round until the playoffs series in which they also showed resilience and ruggedness against tough opponent.
The first thing that most teams and people would think playing against them is how to stop JunMar and we know that already but JunMar is not the only one. We have learned a lot from our semi-finals series - Leo Austria.
This will be tough and exciting. The battle of full house vs power house - Leo Austria
Power House and Full House, indeed it's a good subtitle to this upcoming finals series. The smoke is almost clear and tonight the two teams will start another epic PBA finals series.
Let's look at the accomplishments of each coaches.
19× PBA champion (1991 Third Conference, 1994 Governors', 1995 Governors', 1996 All-Filipino, 1996 Commissioner's, 1996 Governors', 1997 Governors' 1998 All-Filipino, 1998 Commissioner's, 2000 All-Filipino, 2003 Invitational, 2007 Fiesta, 2010 Fiesta, 2012 Commissioner's, 2013 Governors', 2014 Philippine, 2014 Commissioner's, 2014 Governors', 2016 Governors')
2× Grand Slam champion (1996, 2014)
3× PBA Coach of the Year (1994, 1996, 2014)
7× PBA All-Star Game Head Coach (1992, 1994, 1999, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014)
William Jones Cup Gold medal – first place, 1998 Taipei
Asian Games Bronze medal – third place 1998 Bangkok
Leo Austria's accomplishments so far:
3× PBA champion (2014–15 Philippine, 2015 Governors', 2015–16 Philippine)
2× PBA Baby Dalupan Coach of the Year (2015, 2016)
PBA All-Star Game head coach (2016)
2002 PBL Challenge Cup Champion
ABL Coach of the Year (2013
ABL champion (2013)
PBA champion (1990 First Conference
PBA Rookie of the Year (1985)
1988 Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan Award for Sports
Who you got?