Basketball: Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin shares his thoughts on PH coaching


Posted at May 22 2018 11:36 PM | Updated as of May 22 2018 11:56 PM

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Tab Baldwin believes local basketball coaching has become “relatively insular,” and when coaches search outside of the country to learn more about the game, they go Stateside instead of Europe.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles coach was on ANC’s “Hardball” Monday afternoon when he was asked what his thoughts were about Philippine coaching.

“Without trying to be too negative, I think that it’s somewhat immature. I think part of the reason that is is that I think the Philippines has cloistered itself in basketball terms,” Baldwin explained.

“You know, it had a period in the ’90s and early 2000s where it was outside of international basketball. You can go back in history and it was very involved in international basketball. It had a great reputation. But then what happened in the ’80s, ’90s, early 2000s is we became very insular and even in the PBA it’s not a league that brings in foreign coaches often . . . 

“We’re relatively insular compared to other nations, and I think what that means is we don’t get the stimulus of knowledge or information and when we do look outside, where do we look? We look to the US, we look to the NBA, which is not really a reservoir of basketball knowledge.”

Baldwin added: “The NBA is dominated by talent, Europe is dominated by wisdom in basketball. So I think if you want to advance your intellect within the game, my advice is to look to you Europe, and that’s what I try to do.”

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Baldwin, who is holding a basketball clinic that features European coaches next month, said seeing the influence of that side of the world on the local game will take time.

“I think that we have to convince our developmental coaches . . . that is their job. This is a big, big debatable argument these days. You talk to coaches that are in primary schools . . . so the primary school in Ateneo, they want to win games. And I’m telling them, ‘No, you don’t,’ ” Baldwin said.

“It’s not about winning games, it’s about developing players. Leave that for the high school coaches, leave that for the college coaches, leave that for the PBA. So we need quality coaching at that lower level. 

“So A, we have to convince them, B we have to compensate them, and C then we have to get the kids to buy in. So it’s a process, but I think it’s worthwhile if we love the game and if we want to see the game treated and respected as it should be then we should get the processes right. And right now we don’t have that.”

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