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Grieving Tim Cone pays tribute to 'incredibly underrated' coach Aric Del Rosario

by Reynald Magallon, March 26, 2020 6:33pm

From one coaching great to another, Ginebra San miguel head coach Tim Cone paid tribute to former University of Santo Tomas and long-time Alaska deputy Aric Del Rosario who passed away on Thursday due to cardiac arrest.

Del Rosario was an assistant coach to Cone and for the Milkmen in the 1990s. Although never really got the chance to handle a team in the professional league, Cone believed Del Rosario was one of the greatest basketball minds in the country.

"The winning he accomplished at UST and the players he touched was unsurpassed. His humility and low-key personality prevented him from being on that conversation of the best coaches of the country. But that was wrong; he was incredibly underrated and certainly should have been. He was truly a great coach and a better friend,"Cone told PBA.PH.

Cone bared that Del Rosario kept him grounded and taught him so much humility.

"It is (Del Rosario's passing) just crushing news to me, especially at this time when I cannot pay my respects to him and his family. He was such a steadying influence on me when I was a young coach. He always kept me grounded and taught me so much about humility," said Cone.

Cone also took to his twitter account to express his grief especially that he can't pay respect to Del Rosario and his family during this time due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"I'm broken up because of the loss of Coach Aric. I am so sorry I can't pay my respects to him and his family. He was such an influence early in my coaching career, teaching me about humility and compassion. He touched so many lives through his journey. He will be terribly missed," Cone wrote.

The PBA also mourned the passing of the long -time assistant coach in the pro league.

"All of us in the PBA would remember coach Aric as intense in the game pero napakabait sa labas ng court. I'd like to extend my deepest sympathy and condolence to his family," said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial," said PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial

 

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