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The Basketball Podcast

Sep 19, 2018

Tab Baldwin, Lessons From a Lifetime of Coaching

Guest: Coach Tab Baldwin, Ateneo De Manila Basketball Head Coach

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Coach Tab Baldwin will joins the podcast. Tab Baldwin is an American-New Zealand basketball coach who currently serves as the team consultant for the Manila based PBA team, Talk N Text, and the head coach of the Ateneo Blue Eagles basketball team of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. Coach Baldwin has coached professionally for 37 years including stints with 5 national teams: Malaysia, New Zealand, Lebanon and Jordan.

His most notable career highlight would certainly be the final four performance of his NZ Tall Blacks national team at the 2002 FIBA World Championships. This utterly unheralded team shocked the basketball world with this placing and propelled Coach Baldwin into the professional coaching ranks in Europe and ultimately a total of 10 countries.



1:00 - Introduction

2:00 - How Coach Tab's Life Experiences moved him Across the world to be a Successful Coach

4:00 - "New Zealand is Amazing!"

6:00 - Passion and Love of the Philippines for Basketball

8:00 - Coach Tab's Philosophy and his Team's Philosophy

9:50 - "The Greatness of an Opponent brings out the Best in Us"

10:40 - "...Our Limitations are Temporal"

11:14 - Honor the Star in Every Player

13:30 - Work Smarter

14:20 - No changes in Philosophy

15:40 - Coach Tab's Team vs Coach Chris Team during Jones Cup

17:30 - Helping One Another and the Resiliency

18:40 - "That is Coaching" not only in Players

19:40 - Running Hand-Offs out of the Low Post

20:40 - The term "Pitch Pass"

22:00 - Using Backdoors to Decoy

23:00 - Flat Cut

24:20 - Teaching the Game by the Basis of Decisions

26:00 - No Time Restrictions in Practice

27:00 - Individual Development of Coach Tab's Player using Scientific Approach

28:20 - Teaching His Players Terms and Plays in Basketball

30:00 - He and His Team Playing Tournaments Overseas During Off-Season

31:00 - Weak Side Actions in Asian Basketball

34:30 - Korea Basketball Set Plays - Weak Side Cutter

36:00 - Spain's Basketball Set Plays

37:30 - Masking Actions

39:00 - Recruiting Lengthy and Disruptive Players for Coach Tab

39:30 - Active Weak Side

40:30 - What's gonna Beat you?

41:00 - Players and their Skill Development

43:00 - Finishing at the Rim and "Wide Lay-up"

44:30 - Rim Attacks like "Floaters"

45:00 - Abbreviated Drive and One-Hand Scope

45:30 - All About Ball-Screen Defense

47:20 - Communication in the Ball Screen is First and Foremost

47:30 - Execution is the Second

48:00 - Giving Players a Weak Side Freedom

48:30 - "Don't Teach and Don't Teach Well" during Ball Screen

50:00 - The Player on the Ball Should not Be Picking..They should not be looking at the Ball Screen.

51:00 - Re-screening

52:00 - Keeping Under-Under

53:00 - What's the best way to call Plays?

54:00 - Calling Other Terms in their Primary Plays

57:00 - Best Advice from Coach Tab

58:00 - Value of the Coach and the Players

59:00 - Dedicate Yourself for your Player's Development

60:00 - Conclusion

Tab Baldwin’s Bio



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