[Some transition opportunities end with John Wall dunking and the other team watching, you're about to read about a different version of the break.]
Back in 1991, when I was playing varsity basketball and trying to fulfill my pseudo-NBA dreams, my coach used to always discuss his version of the perfect fast break. As he saw it, this would happen when one player grabbed the rebound, started the first of four passes without dribbles, and then the last player would lay the ball in the basket (nobody on our team could dunk). Our coach was so in love with this concept that he promised to take us out for ice cream if we ever achieved the milestone (we didn’t).
For years I’ve watched basketball on the professional and collegiate level, and every now and then, when I see the “perfect fast break,” I stop and marvel at its beauty. Then I think back to my high school coach and say to myself, “Wow, my coach was right, this IS the perfect way to run transition offense!”
On Tuesday, John Wall and Nick Young showed me a different light, making me believe there’s more than one way to run a perfect fast break.
With 57 seconds gone by in the fourth quarter, Sixers guard Evan Turner attempted to drive the lane, but Wall swiped the ball away–something he did nine times in his Verizon Center debut.