The 76ers have yet to announce – by way of an official
press release – the members of coach Brett Brown’s staff, even though Lloyd
Pierce, Chad Iske, Billy Lange, Greg Foster and Curtis Sumpter have been
visible figures ever since training camp.
So when a reporter asked Brown after Thursday’s practice
for the identity of the guy under the far basket, wearing a Sixers T-shirt,
working with Spencer Hawes, it was somewhat surprising that Brown revealed who
“That’s Vance Walberg,” Brown said.
Walberg, who most recently was on George Karl’s staff
last season with the Denver Nuggets, is regarded for developing the
dribble-drive motion offense. A California-based high school coach from
1978-2002, Walberg was the head coach at Fresno City College from 2002-2006 and
Pepperdine from 2006-08, worked as an assistant at UMass from 2008-11 before
joining the Nuggets last year.
“If you looked on Google, you would see Sports
Illustrated articles and other articles on him,” Brown said of Walberg. “He’s
very renowned and researched in the dribble-drive game. That’s his claim to
fame. Many articles declared him to be one of the most innovative coaches in
all of basketball. Coach (John) Calipari has implemented his system at
Kentucky. For me, I’m interested in that attack game, that drive-and-dish game,
that proactive game. The combination of that and pick-and-roll is the future of
the game, and I want to learn more. So he’s been with us and he’s been
One of these days, the Sixers will unveil who is serving on Brown's bench. It's yet to be determined if Walberg is one of them.
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