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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Suns
Mark Bechtel
October 30, 2000
"Even if they don't trade for Dikembe Mutombo, the Suns helped themselves by getting rid of Luc Longley and bringing in Chris Dudley. Dudley will rebound, contest shots, take charges and play good low-post defense. He's not afraid to be an ass and get under people's skin out there. Sure, he's a liability on offense, but Phoenix has enough scoring. What did Longley ever offer? He can make a shot, that's it.... Penny Hardaway's skills have diminished. He doesn't blow by people or jump over them anymore. But Jason Kidd is the star of this team; Penny is now a nice role player.... Nobody noticed, but Tony Delk is a good pickup for Phoenix in the backcourt. He's long and athletic, and he can score. Rex Chapman has a bigger name, but Delk's a better player.... Rodney Rogers is a bitch to match up against. He can post up, he can put the ball on the floor, and he can shoot the three. Not many guys can do all that, and there I are even fewer who can defend against all that."
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October 30, 2000

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

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"Even if they don't trade for Dikembe Mutombo, the Suns helped themselves by getting rid of Luc Longley and bringing in Chris Dudley. Dudley will rebound, contest shots, take charges and play good low-post defense. He's not afraid to be an ass and get under people's skin out there. Sure, he's a liability on offense, but Phoenix has enough scoring. What did Longley ever offer? He can make a shot, that's it.... Penny Hardaway's skills have diminished. He doesn't blow by people or jump over them anymore. But Jason Kidd is the star of this team; Penny is now a nice role player.... Nobody noticed, but Tony Delk is a good pickup for Phoenix in the backcourt. He's long and athletic, and he can score. Rex Chapman has a bigger name, but Delk's a better player.... Rodney Rogers is a bitch to match up against. He can post up, he can put the ball on the floor, and he can shoot the three. Not many guys can do all that, and there I are even fewer who can defend against all that."

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