Once again that compliment came from none other than their head coach Tim Cone.
“I love Tey. I think he is great,” said Cone after Teodoro’s Ginebra debut last Sunday. “He is greatly skilled. I think he has a presence about him that he plays with. He doesn’t get rattled. Nothing overcomes him. You see that right away.
“He plays with a kind of Johnny Abarrientos-type personality where nothing rattles him. He is prepared for everything and you can throw anything at him and he will be ready,” Cone added.
A Willie Miller playing skills and a Johnny Abarrientos mentality, then how come many coaches missed him during the 2018 PBA Draft? Coach Cone have an answer to it.
“I was a little concerned but I was telling myself that maybe, that’s going to turn off other coaches and maybe he will have a chance to drop down to us. It was kinda combination of that and the fact that he came to camp overweight,” said Cone.
Being not in a game shape is the current concern for the former JRU standout.
The Gin Kings quietly waiting for their team to be called to select a rookie from the pool but unfortunately on the same third round, Teytey was already hooked by the Columbian Dyip.
Then later he was left unsigned and got released. It was another opportunity for coach Cone to snag the player he is eyeing since the amateur and MPBL years of Teodoro.
“I’ve been watching him since JRU and I saw him in a couple of games with JRU. I was impressed. I saw him in the Maharlika league two or three times. But he was just completely dominating plays. They were running screens for him, he was dominating with three-point shots, going to the basket. Before the rookie camp, I already had an eye on him,” said Cone.
If his current weight is the only issue that will be easily shred under the watch of coach Tim Cone especially to assistant coach Richard del Rosario.
During the opening night, coach Cone wanted to soak him longer in the basketball floor of the Philippine Arena but the current core of Ginebra was in groove that evening and he avoided to mess it.
“I wouldn’t be afraid to play him in the second half but Scottie (Thompson), LA (Tenorio), and Sol (Mercado) where playing so well in terms of their chemistry on the court. I just think I didn’t want to disturb that. Kevin (Ferrer) and Aljon (Mariano) were playing well as well.
“But I’m not afraid to play that kid. He can play big moments. He just needs to learn more about our defense and techniques. But he is an accomplished offensive player. He just gets it,” Cone said.
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