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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Lakers
Phil Taylor
October 30, 2000
"There's really no clear way to attack this team. Your best chance is to get them in an up-tempo game; that lessens Shaquille O'Neal's impact a bit, and they don't have many guys who like to play that way.... It helps to go right at Kobe Bryant and draw him into an individual battle with the guy he's matched with. He sometimes gets too zoned in on the "me versus him" part of the game, and it makes him less effective.... Horace Grant is on the downward slope of his career, but he knows Phil Jackson's system, and he can step out and make a shot to open things up for Shaq.... If Phil can handle Dennis Rodman, he can handle Isaiah Rider. Rider seems to be an intelligent guy, but he can't deal with the pressure of being the main guy very well; he runs into problems when he's asked to carry a team. Here he can just come off the bench and do his job without too much attention.... One thing the Lakers are missing is some youth off the bench, somebody dynamic who can change the rhythm of the game."
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October 30, 2000

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

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"There's really no clear way to attack this team. Your best chance is to get them in an up-tempo game; that lessens Shaquille O'Neal's impact a bit, and they don't have many guys who like to play that way.... It helps to go right at Kobe Bryant and draw him into an individual battle with the guy he's matched with. He sometimes gets too zoned in on the "me versus him" part of the game, and it makes him less effective.... Horace Grant is on the downward slope of his career, but he knows Phil Jackson's system, and he can step out and make a shot to open things up for Shaq.... If Phil can handle Dennis Rodman, he can handle Isaiah Rider. Rider seems to be an intelligent guy, but he can't deal with the pressure of being the main guy very well; he runs into problems when he's asked to carry a team. Here he can just come off the bench and do his job without too much attention.... One thing the Lakers are missing is some youth off the bench, somebody dynamic who can change the rhythm of the game."

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