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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cavaliers
Marty Burns
October 30, 2000
"General Manager Jim Paxson did the right thing by unloading Shawn Kemp. Last year the Cavs were trying to rebuild and be a playoff contender. It's difficult to do both. Now they have a better salary cap situation, and their younger players can be more enthusiastic because the star player isn't sitting around 70 or 80 pounds overweight.... Not having Kemp is going to make it easier for Randy Wittman to practice this team hard. The run-and-gun style ought to fit his team better this year.... The Cavs have a chance to develop something if Zydrunas Ilgauskas stays healthy and Chris Mihm can play alongside him. The question is whether one of them can be more of a power guy. Ilgauskas has a great feel for the game, he can shoot from the outside and he has soft hands, but he really is a finesse guy.... Lamond Murray has the ability to be an excellent player. When you get a guy from the Clippers, it takes about a year to desensitize him, or resensitize him, to play defense, develop good practice habits and lots of other winning-type things."
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October 30, 2000

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

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" General Manager Jim Paxson did the right thing by unloading Shawn Kemp. Last year the Cavs were trying to rebuild and be a playoff contender. It's difficult to do both. Now they have a better salary cap situation, and their younger players can be more enthusiastic because the star player isn't sitting around 70 or 80 pounds overweight.... Not having Kemp is going to make it easier for Randy Wittman to practice this team hard. The run-and-gun style ought to fit his team better this year.... The Cavs have a chance to develop something if Zydrunas Ilgauskas stays healthy and Chris Mihm can play alongside him. The question is whether one of them can be more of a power guy. Ilgauskas has a great feel for the game, he can shoot from the outside and he has soft hands, but he really is a finesse guy.... Lamond Murray has the ability to be an excellent player. When you get a guy from the Clippers, it takes about a year to desensitize him, or resensitize him, to play defense, develop good practice habits and lots of other winning-type things."

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