Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs Stagger Loop Play by Wes Kosel
Coach Gregg Popovich has led the Spurs to 19 straight wins, and with only 7 regular season games left the Spurs are preparing for another run at the championship. I’ve seen several Spurs games this year, and enjoy watching the offense execute. In this playbook, I have attached a stagger loop play with two options from Coach Gregg Popovich.
In option 1, the point guard (Parker or Mills) dribbles the ball toward the wing. This option is typically used while running up the floor as 4 and 5 are trailing the play. As 1 dribbles toward the wing, it first appears to be an isolation play for Tony Parker. As the offense moves into the half-court, 2 makes a sharp cut and turns to set a back-screen for 4. 4 cuts to the basket and 2 pops for a shot. I looks to pass to 4 at the basket or to 2 at the top of the key. In the second option, 2 moves to the ball side corner, 4 steps to the elbow, and 5 to the top of the key. 1 first looks for 2 in the corner for a shot. If 2 isn’t open, he clears across the lane to the opposite corner. 3 then cuts off of a staggered screen from 5 and 4. 1 passes to 3 for a shot. If 3 isn’t open, he loops back around a second staggered screen from 2 and 5. 4 steps out to set a ball-screen for 1. 1’s first option is to score off of the screen, second to pass to 4 on the roll to the basket, and third to pass to 3 for a shot on the wing. If 3 doesn’t have a shot, 2 can clear to the opposite corner to allow 3 and 5 to play a two-man game on the right side of the floor. Coach Gregg Popovich is the master at getting his players in the right situations.
Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Tommy Jones at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX. 2013-2014 marks the second year for Kosel at TLU. Prior to arriving at TLU, Kosel served as a student assistant coach under Head Coach Chad Killscrow at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. The Bartlesville, OK native is also a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and teaches weight training and aerobic fitness courses at Texas Lutheran. He has coached AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, University of Houston, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
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