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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raptors
Chris Ballard
October 30, 2000
"They were a wide-open, scrambling team under Butch Carter, and that was fine when they had Tracy McGrady running all over the place. Now, with Lenny Wilkens, they're going to be more traditional, and I think that's a good thing.... Charles Oakley drives that locker room. Oak is all about winning. That's another good thing for Lenny.... With Corliss Williamson at the three now, this is a big, physical team.... I think Morris Peterson knows how to play and is going to help make up for the loss of McGrady. But nobody can do all the things McGrady did.... Vince Carter is at the point where his improvement isn't a matter of whether he can shoot the ball any better or learn a lot of new moves. It's a matter of how much drive he has. Can he recognize it's not about him, that it's about winning? I think that at 23, he's not mature enough yet to realize that. At 23 Jordan was not the player we remember today.... The problem for Vince is that he's their only All-Star. You need at least two to have a chance in the playoffs."
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October 30, 2000

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

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"They were a wide-open, scrambling team under Butch Carter, and that was fine when they had Tracy McGrady running all over the place. Now, with Lenny Wilkens, they're going to be more traditional, and I think that's a good thing.... Charles Oakley drives that locker room. Oak is all about winning. That's another good thing for Lenny.... With Corliss Williamson at the three now, this is a big, physical team.... I think Morris Peterson knows how to play and is going to help make up for the loss of McGrady. But nobody can do all the things McGrady did.... Vince Carter is at the point where his improvement isn't a matter of whether he can shoot the ball any better or learn a lot of new moves. It's a matter of how much drive he has. Can he recognize it's not about him, that it's about winning? I think that at 23, he's not mature enough yet to realize that. At 23 Jordan was not the player we remember today.... The problem for Vince is that he's their only All-Star. You need at least two to have a chance in the playoffs."

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