Latest PBA Standing 2011
December 20, 2011 by staff
Latest PBA Standing 2011, The world’s most prominent practitioner of the Triangle offense has never coached in the NBA or for a major U.S. college program. He hasn’t coached high school. He hasn’t even coached in this country. No, Tim Cone coaches in the Philippine Basketball Association. His team, the B-Meg Llamados, is owned by and named for a company that manufactures animal feed for hog farmers and cckfight breeders (indeed, llamado is the Spanish loan word for the “favorite” in a cckfight). Cone, an American who moved to the Philippines as a child, has been a PBA coach since 1989. He started teaching his team the Triangle in 1991, rode the offense to nine championships in that decade1 and has used it ever since.
When Tex Winter, the legendary architect of the Triangle, visited the Philippines in the late ’90s, he arrived at one of Cone’s practices and could hardly believe his eyes. The Filipino players, Cone recalls Winter saying, were executing the Triangle at a deeper, more advanced level than the Lakers, who were still learning the offense back then. Where Kobe and Shaq could initiate the Triangle and execute its basic options, Cone’s team was exploring fourth and fifth options and working on counters to defensive schemes that might be used to stymie the offense’s flow. Cone hadn’t been to one of Winter’s coaching clinics; this was the first time they had met. In a pre-Internet era, and in a developing nation, at that, how had Cone been able to learn Winter’s offense so comprehensively from the other side of the globe?
The answer lies in one of the great legends of Philippine basketball. In the first two years of his head-coaching career, Cone searched for an offensive system. He started off with basic motion principles, then installed set plays when he decided he wanted more control. The sets, however, turned out to be too predictable. He kept looking.
In those days, Philippine television only broadcast a few NBA games per week; those who wanted more typically had to buy Betamax and VHS dubs from local markets. In 1991, Cone caught a couple of Bulls games and noticed something intriguing. He didn’t know what they were doing, or that it even had a name, but Chicago’s offense impressed Cone. He wanted more, but instead of dusting off his Betamax machine, Cone bought a pair of enormous bunny-ear antennae, attached them to his television set, and used them to intercept broadcasts of the Far East Network, a channel that aired NBA games for the U.S. naval and air force bases north of Manila.
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