VANCE Walberg is glad and thrilled to learn Gilas Pilipinas employs the dribble drive motion offense, a system he created which the Philippine team chose to adopt for international competitions.
Walberg, the man behind one of the most creative offensive structures in basketball, arrived in the country on Thursday but immediately departed for Kuala Lumpur the same day for a coaching clinic.
He returns to Manila for a similar clinic for Filipino coaches on June 18-19 at the Kerry’s Sports at The Shangri-La The Fort.
Walberg said his coaching clinic in the country has become special more so since Gilas Pilipinas has been a disciple of his offensive system since the time of former national coach Chot Reyes.
"For me, it’s neat since the Philippines does the dribble drive offense as its national offense. It’s great. Obviously, I’m a big believer of it," said Walberg.
Dribble drive focuses on spreading the offensive players in the half court, so that helping on dribble penetration or skips becomes difficult for the defense, since the help will leave an offensive player open without any defender near him.
John Calipari used the system with great sucess with the Kentucky Wildcats, resulting in the school winning the 2012 NCAA championship.
Walberg believes the system fits Filipinos well, especially when a shift has resulted in centers no longer being the focus on offense.
"If you take a look at the NBA right now, when you get to the playoffs, how many of the big guys are playing? Everybody downsizes. The game is changing. When you look at the top centers in the league, how many of them advanced to the playoffs,” said the former NBA assistant coach.
“The players are so much athletic and they can do so many things. What’s the difference between a seven-footer to a 6-9 (player) if the 6-9 can rebound as well as the seven-footer but can shoot the three, put it on the ground, and defend," he stressed.
Walberg was welcomed in the country by Hoops Center International partners Oliver Gan and Ariel Vanguardia, as well as Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP) president Alfrancis Chua and secretary general Louie Gonzales in a luncheon on Thursday before heading to Kuala Lumpur.
Walberg will hold clinics in the Malaysian capital on June 10-11 before going back to Manila where he will be helping out PBA team Phoenix – being coached by Vanguardia - from June 13 to 17, and then hold the coaching clinic proper on June 18-19.
Walberg, who last coached in college at Pepperdine, said the event is a great opportunity to understand the offense further.
"I think a lot of people don’t understand the true nature of how it was created or why it is created. A lot of them use it but they don’t know how to use it the right way. For me, it’s an exciting way to play. What it does is it lets you become a lot better.
"The thing I would always tell my players is that there are a lot of coaches who teach you how to run plays. But I want you to learn how to play basketball. And that’s the best thing about the dribble drive offense. I could have my players drive and they could shut their eyes, they know exactly where’s the ball, who’s open, who’s helping. For me, it’s been very successful," said Walberg.
The clinic is supported by BCAP, and sponsored by Philippine Airlines, Phoenix, Discovery Suites, GFOXX International, Gerry’s Grill, Rhyno Outfit Military Time Pieces, Livestock Restaurant and Bar, Malaysia Dragons, Blackwater, Bellagio Spa, Mossimo, and Red Cargo.
To register, visit www.hoopscoachesintl.com.