Paul Westhead's Loyola Maramount Fast Break and Transition Offense System
The "Loyola Marymount" break was developed by Paul Westhead. Coach Westhead developed a reputation as a free thinker throughout his coaching career. While at LaSalle College in the 70s and 80s, his "0" defense gained widespread notoriety when it was learned that the defense was named because one defender was asked to play no (zero) defense. All he was expected to do was anticipate a steal or a shot and take off down the floor to the offensive end and look for the ball.
In the early 80s, he moved to Loyola Marymount University, where he developed a transition offense system that led to his teams being the highest scoring team in NCAA history.
As I mentioned before, it's not the pattern that makes the play, it is the philosophy. Coach Westhead's philosophy was that he wanted to get a shot up in less than 7 seconds. He tried to create such a frenetic pace, that the other team would just give up. Often they did, out of utter exhaustion.
I am not going to recommend to you that you adapt a similar philosophy. But, to enact that philosophy, Coach Westhead developed a break where its beauty was its simplicity. It featured numbered lanes and specific early cuts to follow ball reversal. By the time the ball was reversed, it had to be up at the basket. It is that simplicity that allows it to fit in with the half court offenses in this transition offense system.
The LMU break, like the Carolina Break, is a numbered break.
2 runs to the right corner.
3 runs to the left corner.
5 runs to the right block.
4 trails and goes to the left elbow.
1 advances the ball on the dribble as quickly as he can and tests the drive to the middle.
The first option all players have when they receive a pass is to shoot.
1 can headman the ball to either 2, 3, or 4.
The player's first option is to shoot.
If the ball is headmanned to the corner and he does not take a shot, he can look in to 5 in the low post or to 4 as the trailer.
If the pass goes to 4, it has changed sides of the court. Anytime the ball changes sides, the 5 man cuts block to block.
1 fills the wing.
4 looks to pass into 5 as he cuts.
4 can swing the ball to 3.
5 cuts block to block.
If 3 does not shoot, he looks into 5 on the block.
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