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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rockets
Ian Thomsen
October 30, 2000
"Here's how much this team has changed: It doesn't make sense to double-team Hakeem right off the bat anymore. The more shots he takes, the fewer that Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley get, and that's the way an opponent wants it. This is the little guys' team now.... Maurice Taylor is soft for a power forward. He won't get you the tough rebounds, but he's a scorer and he'll have to be double-teamed in the low post, which opens things up for Francis and Mobley on the weak side.... Francis isn't Allen Iverson, a shooter who will never really be comfortable at point guard. Francis is being asked to score now, but he has great vision and anticipation, and he's willing and able to create for other people. He's a franchise player.... Some say Shandon Anderson hasn't been as good as he was in Utah, but his role has changed. He isn't asked to score as much and he's become more of a defensive stopper.... I'm not big on Jason Collier, the first-round pick. He's soft for a guy his size, a high-post passer instead of a low-post banger."
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October 30, 2000

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

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"Here's how much this team has changed: It doesn't make sense to double-team Hakeem right off the bat anymore. The more shots he takes, the fewer that Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley get, and that's the way an opponent wants it. This is the little guys' team now.... Maurice Taylor is soft for a power forward. He won't get you the tough rebounds, but he's a scorer and he'll have to be double-teamed in the low post, which opens things up for Francis and Mobley on the weak side.... Francis isn't Allen Iverson, a shooter who will never really be comfortable at point guard. Francis is being asked to score now, but he has great vision and anticipation, and he's willing and able to create for other people. He's a franchise player.... Some say Shandon Anderson hasn't been as good as he was in Utah, but his role has changed. He isn't asked to score as much and he's become more of a defensive stopper.... I'm not big on Jason Collier, the first-round pick. He's soft for a guy his size, a high-post passer instead of a low-post banger."

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