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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bulls
Marty Burns
October 30, 2000
"If they win 20 games this year, they've done pretty well. A lot of teams in the Eastern Conference haven't improved, which should make the Bulls feel optimistic, but I look at this team and see no experience.... Elton Brand is a terrific talent, but you can't rely on a second-year player to carry so much of the load. If he doesn't have 20, 25 points, they've got no shot at winning, so you know everybody's going to target him and try to wear him down.... The rest of the team is all potential. People like to rave about Jamal Crawford's talent. Sure, he might make some nice plays, but does that equate to wins? Usually it doesn't, at least not right away.... I still don't understand why they drafted Marcus Fizer when they had so many other needs. I don't think he's that big a talent.... Ron Artest and Ron Mercer are good scorers, but they aren't top-notch talents by any means.... Khalid El-Amin surprised me with the decent numbers he produced in the preseason."
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October 30, 2000

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

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"If they win 20 games this year, they've done pretty well. A lot of teams in the Eastern Conference haven't improved, which should make the Bulls feel optimistic, but I look at this team and see no experience.... Elton Brand is a terrific talent, but you can't rely on a second-year player to carry so much of the load. If he doesn't have 20, 25 points, they've got no shot at winning, so you know everybody's going to target him and try to wear him down.... The rest of the team is all potential. People like to rave about Jamal Crawford's talent. Sure, he might make some nice plays, but does that equate to wins? Usually it doesn't, at least not right away.... I still don't understand why they drafted Marcus Fizer when they had so many other needs. I don't think he's that big a talent.... Ron Artest and Ron Mercer are good scorers, but they aren't top-notch talents by any means.... Khalid El-Amin surprised me with the decent numbers he produced in the preseason."

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