PBA winningest coach Tim Cone in student mode at Vance Walberg clinic

Learning never stops for Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone.

While admittedly, his patented triangle offense is totally different from the dribble drive offense, the American coach was in student mode over the weekend as he listened to former Sacramento Kings assistant coach Vance Walberg during the latter’s coaching clinic at the Kerry Sports Arena at the Shangri-La Hotel The Fort.

The 58-year-old Cone brought along his coaching staff of Richard del Rosario, Freddie Abuda and Olsen Racela as they listened and learned from the man credited for inventing the now widely-accepted dribble drive motion offense.

“He’s (Walberg) a brilliant guy. I know we have different (basketball) philosophies but there are concepts and principles that we can use to work on with the triangle,” Cone told FOX Sports on Monday after Ginebra’s morning practice.

The PBA’s all-time winning coach said learning should not stop, especially nowadays where the game of basketball has evolved.

“Basketball is a process and there are now so many ways to play the game and there are many differing philosophies,” shared the Ginebra mentor.

Star rookie coach Jason Webb, who also attended the clinic, said one thing he likes about Walberg is his passion for the game.

“Passion, all the great coaches have that stuff for what they do,” Webb said. “He’s mastered it (dribble drive) and he’s had many believers and many successful believers using it.”

Former Gilas coach Chot Reyes, who was also in attendance, was the first among the Filipino coaches to embrace Walberg’s dribble drive system.

The outspoken Reyes implemented it during the national team’s silver-medal finish in the 2013 Fiba-Asia men’s championships in Manila as well as the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Seville, Spain.

Outside Cone and his coaching staff, others who graced Walberg’s coaching clinic included Phoenix new coach Ariel Vanguardia and his staff of Tino Pinat and Nic Belasco, La Salle assistant mentor Siot Tanquingcen and Webb’s deputies Tonyboy Espinosa and Mon Jose. – By Richard Dy

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