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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Blazers
Phil Taylor
October 30, 2000
"If I have to choose, I'll take Portland over the Lakers.... The Blazers don't just have numbers up front, they have quality. Shaquille O'Neal has never seen this many skilled big men coming at him. These aren't a bunch of Joe Kleines.... Scottie Pippen isn't capable of carrying a team, never has been. He doesn't have the personality or the consistent offensive game to be the go-to guy. But the Blazers are different. They're always going to have a mismatch somewhere, so depending on the opponent, they have four or five guys who could be the one they go to.... Don't forget Bonzi Wells. He can give a lot of guards trouble with his post-up ability.... Greg Anthony should be the starter at point guard. He's a better defender than Damon Stoudamire, and the Blazers already have plenty of scorers.... The big question here is about Mike Dunleavy. You hear rumblings that not all the players respect him enough to completely buy into how he decides to distribute the minutes. If that's true, Portland could be in trouble."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Blazers

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"If I have to choose, I'll take Portland over the Lakers.... The Blazers don't just have numbers up front, they have quality. Shaquille O'Neal has never seen this many skilled big men coming at him. These aren't a bunch of Joe Kleines.... Scottie Pippen isn't capable of carrying a team, never has been. He doesn't have the personality or the consistent offensive game to be the go-to guy. But the Blazers are different. They're always going to have a mismatch somewhere, so depending on the opponent, they have four or five guys who could be the one they go to.... Don't forget Bonzi Wells. He can give a lot of guards trouble with his post-up ability.... Greg Anthony should be the starter at point guard. He's a better defender than Damon Stoudamire, and the Blazers already have plenty of scorers.... The big question here is about Mike Dunleavy. You hear rumblings that not all the players respect him enough to completely buy into how he decides to distribute the minutes. If that's true, Portland could be in trouble."

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