Nov 22, 2021

Cone sees Onwubere helping Kings right away

BARANGAY Ginebra new recruit Sidney Onwubere has a lot of potential that coach Tim Cone doesn't discount the possibility of the young forward cracking the starting unit of the team.

"I'm not sure he's a guy that's coming off the bench, he may be a starter for us because we really believe in his skills and skills set," the legendary coach revealed in his guest appearance in the Power & Play program of former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala.

The unassuming big man out of Emilio Aguinaldo College is the latest acquisition of the Kings, acquired in a trade with NorthPort for Art Dela Cruz.

Cone, 63, has nothing against Dela Cruz, who the champion coach described as a 'truly great player' especially when he's healthy.

Unfortunately, that has not been the case for most of his four-year stay with the Kings.

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"But we couldn't keep him (Dela Cruz) healthy on the floor," admitted Cone. "And we just kind a run out of patient and we have to move forward."

And so the Kings shopped around and found Onwubere as someone who could help the cause of the team especially when it stakes its Governors' Cup title on the line come the second conference.

Cone said the 28-year-old Onwubere is someone who's hitting his strides right now.

"He's physically imposing. He's really a strong guy. He has a good three-point shot, not a lights-out three-point shot. He shoots well from the perimeter, he finishes around inside," said the Ginebra coach of Onwubere.

"We're hoping we're getting him at the right time, and that he could step up and help."

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In his lone conference with NorthPort in the recent Philippine Cup during the Bacolor bubble, Onwubere averaged 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. (RG)