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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the 76ers
Chris Ballard
October 30, 2000
"It was a mistake for Allen Iverson to come to camp at only 155 pounds because he takes more hits than anybody else. Every team goes after him. We tell our players: Anytime you've got a chance to take a shot at him, take it. Give him an elbow, slow him up. It's like he's a boxer—keep giving him body shots, and eventually he's going to tire and those hands are going to come down.... You have to do that because he is too good. He's learned from Larry Brown to continue to play even though he's double-teamed.... That's an example of why it's in Allen's best interest to make this thing work with Larry. When Allen gets doubled, he gives the ball up and they keep running a play to get the ball to him again. It works because it's hard to bring the double-team to him twice on one play.... I figure this is the make-or-break year for Allen and Larry.... If you want to beat Philly, you have to rebound, because the Sixers' big guys really crash the boards. They're a high-energy team."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The 76ers

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"It was a mistake for Allen Iverson to come to camp at only 155 pounds because he takes more hits than anybody else. Every team goes after him. We tell our players: Anytime you've got a chance to take a shot at him, take it. Give him an elbow, slow him up. It's like he's a boxer—keep giving him body shots, and eventually he's going to tire and those hands are going to come down.... You have to do that because he is too good. He's learned from Larry Brown to continue to play even though he's double-teamed.... That's an example of why it's in Allen's best interest to make this thing work with Larry. When Allen gets doubled, he gives the ball up and they keep running a play to get the ball to him again. It works because it's hard to bring the double-team to him twice on one play.... I figure this is the make-or-break year for Allen and Larry.... If you want to beat Philly, you have to rebound, because the Sixers' big guys really crash the boards. They're a high-energy team."

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