CAGE great Freddie Webb is definitely pleased with where grandson Joshua Webb’s basketball career is heading.
So pleased is the proud grandfather that the former senator and Olympian personally watched Joshua play last week from courtside – a rarity actually even during the young Webb’s time with the De La Salle Green Archers.
Joshua, son of Fritz Webb and nephew of former PBA player Jason, is seeing action in the PBA D-League for the very first time, suiting up for the Cagayan Valley where he seemed to have found a home after averaging 10 points, six rebounds, and more playing time under coach Alvin Pua three games into the season-opening Aspirants Cup.
From the looks of it, ‘Fastbreak’ Freddie obviously likes what he sees.
“Kahit papaano, he is being utilized,” said the elder Webb in a chat with Spin.ph. “Alam mo ang basketball is all about confidence and that is in the hands of your coach.”
Webb, a proud Letranite and member of the last Philippine men’s basketball team that competed in the 1972 Munich Olympics, said that he rarely watched his grandson’s games on television or even live during his playing years with the Green Archers, a stint which unfortunately never gave Joshua enough minutes inside the court.
“I feel that, no offense meant to the coach, kapag ang coach walang tiwala sayo, pumapasok ka pa lang, sira na loob mo … I’m happy that he is being used,” said Webb, a two-time Senator.
The elder Webb said the D-League is a perfect launch pad for Joshua as he can learn a lot of things.
“This is what I call gung-ho basketball. I like this kind of game, hindi katulad ng may mga set plays. Dito konti ang set-up play, and this is a way of polishing the skills of a player,” said Freddie.
On the invitation of Joshua himself, his beloved grandfather came to the Rising Suns’ recent game. Too bad, Cagayan Valley lost, 78-91, to Erase XFoliant at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
“He asked me, ‘Lolo, can you watch my game and try to give me an impression’?” Webb said.
And what was Lolo’s take?
“With the height of Josh and his jumping ability, I want him to fight under the basket … kasi kapag nakatanggap (siya) sa ilalim, pambihira, linalabas pa ang bola,” said Webb, smiling but obviously flabbergasted.
“(Para sa akin) kapag nakatanggap ka riyan, karapatan mo na umattempt at karapatan mo na i-shoot. That’s what I’ll tell him,” said Webb.
Like any other young player, Joshua dreams of someday making it to the PBA like his grandfather. And suiting up in the D-League is a major step towards reaching that goal.
The elder Webb believes his grandson is headed in the right direction, although he said Joshua still needs to work on his game especially on offense.
“I like his shots, at least, kita ‘yung porma except that sometimes, shot selection is important. You have to have a proper shot selection and so far, that’s what he needs,” Webb observed.
“He still has a lot to learn. One thing I’m going to tell him is you are very lucky that the coach trusts you and the only way you can repay your coach is to play good basketball.”