In recent conversations with other coaches, I’ve discovered a misconception that the Read & React is the same as the Dribble Drive Motion offense. While the blog places a huge emphasis on teaching the offensive and defensive concepts surrounding dribble penetration, success in the R&R is not predicated on successful dribble penetration. Although, I would argue that the ability to defend dribble penetration is of primary importance, it is not a prerequisite to running this offense successfully.
The traditional Dribble Drive offense requires players who are able to attack the lane off the dribble. It would be difficult if not impossible to run the DDM without at least two players who can breakdown their defender. If your players are good players, but they are not good off the dribble, then they must be good at something. Maybe they are good passers, maybe they are good screeners, or maybe they are good shooters. If your players aren’t good at anything, then you need to read my post on fundamental skills. It won’t matter what offense you’re trying to run if your players don’t have any skills.
However, if your players are good at something, then they can be successful in the R&R. The offense naturally lends itself to allowing players to accentuate their strengths while making it easier for them to either execute or hide their weaknesses. The R&R can look like DDM or Princeton. It can look like Triangle Offense or UCLA 1-4 high sets. It can look like a ball screen continuity or a bunch of quick hitters. It all depends on the players and the coaches. It depends on what is taught, how it’s taught, and how the players execute it on the court.
Remember the R&R is offense. It’s not an offense. If your players can learn to play offense, then why can’t they learn to play multiple offensive systems. If they can play multiple offensive systems, then they can defend multiple systems as well.