PBA players too good for press defense says coach Franz

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Aug 02, 2020 01:53 PM
PBA players too good for press defense says coach Franz
"The players there [PBA] are on another level. So once in a while, maybe you can force them to turnovers but after that, they know how to handle the pressure." — Franz Pumaren.

Back when he was with De La Salle University, Franz Pumaren had the Green Archers punish opponents with an intense pressing defense.

It proved to be pretty effective, resulting in five La Salle championships in the UAAP.

Eventually, Pumaren had his chance in the PBA. His Air21 Express came one win away from taking down San Mig Coffee in the semifinals of the 2014 Commissioner's Cup. Of course, the Mixers ended up with a Grand Slam that particular season.

Coach Franz likewise had an on-and-off relationship with the Globalport Batang Pier.

In his time coaching in the PBA, coach Franz realized that his greatest college weapon might be just best left in the amateurs.

"The players there [PBA] are on another level," Pumaren said, talking about his press defense on Coaches Unfiltered.

"So once in a while, maybe you can force them to turnovers but after that, they know how to handle the pressure," coach Franz added.

It doesn't mean that the press defense has no place in the pros. 

However, that kind of defensive scheme may be too simple, and too tiresome, to exclusively implement on a full 48-minute game in the PBA.

"Pwede naman to slow down, but you have to understand in the PBA, you're playing 48 minutes," Pumaren said.

"Once is a while siguro pag surprise, pero you can't really do that pag 48 minutes of trying to press them," he added.


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