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Devance follows Cone’s footsteps

Gene Beatrice A. Micaller

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JOE Devance wants to follow the road taken by Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone.   ROMAN PROSPERO

Joe Devance is looking to land a coaching gig following his playing career in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The 37-year-old slotman said he is a staunch disciple of Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone and he wants to follow his steps as soon as his playing career is over.

Calling the shots is nothing new for the Filipino-American star from Texas.

In fact, the served as one of Cone’s deputies when Gilas Pilipinas captured the gold medal in the men’s basketball competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games last month.

Devance said he’s closely absorbing Cone’s coaching philosophy knowing that he can use it in his post-PBA career.

“His secret for success is a great formula and that’s something I have not perfected yet, but I want to learn more from him,” said Devance shortly after the Kings plucked the Governors’ Cup crown over the weekend.

“If I was going to be a coach someday, we will definitely be sharing the same philosophies.”

Devance and Cone share a special bond.

A year after Rain or Shine made him the top overall pick in 2007, Devance joined Cone at Alaska, where he spent four years. Then, they moved to Star Hotshots in 2011 where they won a grand slam in 2014 before joining Ginebra the following year.

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