With the Argentinean Men’s Youth National team, Magnano won the South American Championship and with the Under 21 team the Pan-American Championship in 2000. In 2001 he became also head coach of the Senior Men’s team and won the South American, the Pre - World Championship and the silver medal at the Goodwill Games in Australia.
His most recent achievement was winning the silver medal at the World Championship in Indianapolis.
With the Atenas Cordoba club, he won three Argentinean titles, two South American, one Pan-American and two South American League Championships.
This is the starting five that we have lined up at last year’s World Championships in Indianapolis and the corresponding numbers in the diagrams:
N.1 Pepe Sanchez (playmaker, m. 1,93, Detroit Pistons)
N.2 Emanuel Ginobili (guard- small forward, m. 1.98, S. Antonio Spurs)
N.3 Hugo Sconocchini (small forward, m. 1,96, Milan)
N.4 Ruben Wolkowyski (power forward, m.2,08, Tau Vitoria)
N.5 Fabricio Oberto (center, m.2,08, Tau Vitoria)
We try to run the fastbreak on every possible occasion. However, if we don’t succeed with the primary break, we then play in the following way.
We don’t usually call the play, but instead move offensively depending upon where the first pass is made and how the defenders react.
After the early fastbreak, the initial set is the two - three. 1 is the playmaker with the ball, 4, the power forward, in low post position, 5, the center, out of the line of the three-point shot, 2, the guard, on the other side of the court, and 3, the small forward, on the side of the ball. 1 passes to 5 and makes a vertical screen for 4, who comes up at the opposite spot of 5, outside of the three-point shot line. After the screen, 1 cuts in the lane and goes to the low post area on the opposite side (diagr. 1).
Depending on who rebounds, 4 and 5 can exchange their position. 5 passes to 4 and, at the same time, 1 comes out screening 2, who cuts in the lane and goes to the low post on the opposite side.
After having passed to 4, 5 screens for 1 (screen the screener) and 1 comes up to receive the pass outside the three-point shot line (diagr. 2).
4 passes to 1. First option: 2 screens for 3, 3 cuts in the lane along the baseline and receives another screen (staggered screens) from 5. After having passed to 1, 4 screens for 2 (screen the screener). 1 can choose whether to pass to 3, who comes out of the staggered screens of 2 and 5, or to pass to 2, who comes up outside the three point line (diagr. 3).
4 passes to 1. Second option: 3 fakes to go toward the screen of 2 and, instead, pops out of the vertical screen of 4, 2 cuts in the lane along the baseline, receives a screen of 5 and goes out to the other corner. 1 can choose to pass to 2 or to 3 (diagr. 4).
1 passes to 3, then cuts and goes in the corner on the same side of the ball and 5 replaces 1, while 4 comes up and posts himself in middle post area, ready to make a screen (diagr. 5).
3 passes to 5 and 5 changes side to the ball, passing to 2. 4 goes to screen 3, who cuts in the lane and posts himself up in low post area on the other side of the court. 2 can pass to 3 (diagr. 6).
1, who was in the corner, receives two screens (staggered screens), the first one from 4 and then another one from 5 and then comes up high in the middle of the floor, outside of the three-point line. 2 passes to 1 (diagr. 7).
After having passed the ball, 2 cuts in the lane near the baseline and receives three screens in succession: the first one from 3, the second one from 4 and, at the end, the third one from 5. 1 passes to 2, who has gone out on the opposite side in the wing position (diagr. 8).
We always start from the same set two three, as seen in the first diagram. 1 passes to 5. On this pass, 4 goes out and screens for 3, while 1 screens 4 (screen the screener). 3 cuts in the lane near the baseline and posts himself in low post area on the other side of the lane. 2 pops out and receives the ball from 5 (diagr. 9).
If X2, the defender who covers 2, plays high and X5, the defender who covers 5 stays low to cover the pick and roll, 2 passes the ball again to 5, who receives a screen from 3, who pops out from the low post position. 2 cuts in the lane along the baseline and goes to the low post area on the other side of the court. The ball changes side: 5 passes to 4, 4 passes to 1, who gets free, and 1 can passes to 2 (diagr. 10).
If 1 can’t make a successful pass to 2, he receives a screen from 4 and then 4 receives a screen from 2 (screen the screener), who popped out from the lane. After the screen, 4 goes in the low post position (diagr. 11).
1 passes the ball to 2 and 2 passes to 4 in low post position (diagr. 12).
Initial set is the same seen in the first diagram, the two - three. 1 passes to 5.
On the pass from 1 to 5, 4 goes out and screens for 2. After the screen for 2, 4 receives a screen from 1 (screen the screener).
2 cuts on the opposite side of the lane along the baseline and posts in low post area. 5 swings the ball, passing to 3 and 3 passes to 2 (diagr. 13).
After having passed the ball to 2, if is no possibility of shooting for 2, 5 goes to make a direct screen for 3 and 3 dribbles toward the middle of the lane and replaces 5, while 4 goes to the wing area. Immediately, after 5 has screened for 3, 2 goes out and makes a back screen for 5 (screen the screener). 5 goes in the low post area and 2 pops out to the wing (diagr. 14).
3 passes to 2 and 2 passes to 5 in the low post position (diagr. 15).
This was the play, that we used the most at the World Championship. It is simple in the movements, creates possibility of shooting for all the players and it opens the court, helping exploit the one-on-one, the three-point shot, and the inside game.