菲律賓也要學習歐式球風?

Philippines
(source: fiba.com)

帶著落選賽第一名、全亞洲第9名的成績回家,菲律賓想必難過得不得了。難過到他們甚至考慮放棄從盤古開天以來就模仿的美式球風,向歐洲球風看齊。

菲律賓的奧委會主席率先放砲了:


Peping bats for Euro-style basketball
The men behind the RP basketball team should start considering Europe as the team’s training ground as it continues its bid to recover lost ground in the international arena.

The suggestion came from no less than Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco after the country failed to advance to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“Maybe they should start playing more in Europe rather than in America,” said Cojuangco, explaining that the Filipinos can probably learn more from the European brand of play.

In recent international competitions, like the Jones Cup in Taipei, and the FIBA Asia Championships in Japan, the RP dribblers showed their penchant for one-on-one plays.

“And we all know that even the United States made up of NBA players lose in the international tournaments because of their failure to adapt to the international style,” said Cojuangco.

Playing more in Europe, Cojuangco said, will make the Filipinos more at home with the international style, which revolves around an excellent ball movement and teamwork.

他說,菲律賓國家隊應該多到歐洲去訓練比賽,因為美國夢幻的表現已經說明,美式球風和國際比賽的風格有差距,而歐洲的球路毋寧是比較適合在國際比賽裡發揮的。

準備接任PBA總裁的Tony Chua也表示同意:

Tony Chua, the incoming chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association, is on the same page with the POC president regarding the European factor.

Two weeks ago, Chua, team manager of Red Bull, said one of his immediate plans as chairman is to encourage all the 10 teams to tap European imports.

Chua said while the Filipinos can learn more from the Europeans, the teams can probably cut down on the expenses, and the high salaries of American imports.

Chua建議PBA球隊可以考慮聘請歐洲的洋將,一方面價碼比較便宜,一方面也可以從他們身上學到歐洲式的打法。

基本上我是很肯定菲律賓人反省的能力,也敬佩他們對籃球的熱情,但我對這種說法表示懷疑,因為美式打法在菲國球員身上已經根深蒂固,一時之間要改變恐怕不容易。更何況,總裁和主席說歸說,他們的想法不見得能轉嫁到球隊和球員身上。

「棄美從歐」的說法,並不是只有菲律賓提出,事實上,日本國家隊自從聘請前任的克羅埃西亞籍教頭Zeljko Pavlicevic起,就決定走歐洲球路了。而中國聘請Jonas Kazlauskas,也暗示著整體的走向。此外,約旦聘請葡萄牙的Mario Palma、伊朗聘請塞爾維亞的Rajko Toroman,都是相同的想法。

蠻有趣的,不是嗎?籃球始祖美國,如今已經快被掃進垃圾桶了。

這個說法或許太誇張啦,美國籃球還不致於爛到這種程度,只是它確實和國際籃球有極大的差距。而一般國家在球員天份不如美國黑人的情況下,或許更適合歐洲式的訓練方法,如此而已。

那麼,台灣呢?所謂的韓式球風在台灣大行其道,但我們甚至連韓式球風的定義,都未曾很仔細的去思考過吧。同時,我們很可能也是全世界唯一嗆明要學習韓式球風的國家。

我不願先入為主的說韓式球風如何如何,畢竟,如果鄭光錫代表的是韓式球風,我們不也靠韓式球風得到第6名?不管黑貓白貓,會抓老鼠的就是好貓。同理可證,不管是狗爬式球風還是火星式球風,能讓球員得到紮實的訓練,贏得好的成績,就是好的球風。

題外話,這兩年菲律賓籃球大概是犯太歲,先被國際籃總禁賽,再來奧林匹克夢碎(雖然這個夢本身就有點不切實際)。上週,PBA總裁Noli Eala因醜聞被迫辭職,將由Tony Chua接任。

菲律賓的籃球實力如果得到充分的發揮,理應不只亞洲第9名。但他們在亞錦賽的成績始終未如預期,也不是可以單純的以分到死亡之組來解釋或卸責。我覺得,菲律賓的麻煩除了他們本身一向強調秀場式的球風,也在於三不五時的恍神,無法持續的專注。萬一是恍在不該恍神的球賽,就會像今年一樣,連八強都打不進去。

聽起來是不是有點熟悉?中華隊…中華隊…中華隊…

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