Kings all set and ready to go: Cone

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    ALL the PBA teams are waiting for that green light for them to go back to the practice gyms.

    Ginebra, for one, is simply waiting for that go-signal with keen anticipation.

    Coach Tim Cone said the Kings have drawn up plans ready to be implemented should the government allow the players to get back to the gyms for individual workouts and conditioning.

    “We’ve put a lot of thought into it and we have programs in place and now it’s just a matter of getting the go-signal,” said Cone in an edition of The Chasedown last Saturday.

    “The team practices, that, obviously, is what I’m waiting for, when we could all get back together as a team,” he said.

    “I don’t know when that’s going to be approved. But the individual workouts, we have plans, we have groupmates already. We have a gym, our own gym that we’re looking at, where we’ve been practicing before,” added Cone.

    “We’re all set and we’re all ready to go. We have the clusters that we’re gonna use together.”

    Due to the alarming rate of COVID infections, Mega Manila and its environs were placed under a two-week MECQ starting last Aug. 4. Such quarantine level prohibits the use of gyms and other sports facilities.

    Should the quarantine level be eased up as expected after Aug. 18, then the PBA teams would be allowed to do non-contact, individual practices in groups of four players and a trainer at a time under strict health protocols.

    Even while the workouts are ongoing, the PBA plans to write the IATF a letter requesting full-contact practices, possibly by September.  After that another request letter would also be readied so that actual games could be played, hopefully with a mid-October start.

    Cone said his players have been following the coaching staff’s instructions and doing their own individual workouts since the pandemic forced the PBA to shut down last March.
    The Kings have also been conducting regular online meetings.

    “Twice a week at the minimum,” he said. “We have a regular schedule, Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., and we get together, talk about what’s the progress of the PBA, discussing it in terms of the return to the workouts. We’ve discussed all that.

    “We talk about other things for a while and then at the end we’ll look at a video. I keep sending videos, sometimes about leadership or teamwork video. Basically that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve been instructing our guys to work out pretty much on their own.”

    The issue of Ginebra doing online team workouts has not been settled yet, however.

    “We have debates about doing Zoom workouts,” admitted Cone, “but it’s not something I think we should do lightly.