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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Jazz
Mark Bechtel
October 30, 2000
"We're still talking about 50-plus wins for the Jazz. Utah has enough left to make things interesting against the Blazers, Lakers and Spurs.... Forget Karl Malone's age. He could lose a step and still be one of the premier players.... Everybody says you can go at John Stockton, but the Jazz knows you're trying to exploit his defense, and the players don't stand around and let you do it. They know how to rotate and take things away.... Don't underestimate how much it hurts them to lose two solid role players, Shandon Anderson and Harold Eisley, in back-to-back years. For a team that relies on execution instead of athleticism, guys who have had some years in the system are very hard to replace.... If you want to know how much John Starks has left, don't watch his shooting, watch his defense. He used to be one of the best at trailing guys off screens and recovering in time to get up and pressure them. He didn't do it with the Warriors last year, but that I may have been a lack of intensity rather than a physical thing."
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October 30, 2000

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

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"We're still talking about 50-plus wins for the Jazz. Utah has enough left to make things interesting against the Blazers, Lakers and Spurs.... Forget Karl Malone's age. He could lose a step and still be one of the premier players.... Everybody says you can go at John Stockton, but the Jazz knows you're trying to exploit his defense, and the players don't stand around and let you do it. They know how to rotate and take things away.... Don't underestimate how much it hurts them to lose two solid role players, Shandon Anderson and Harold Eisley, in back-to-back years. For a team that relies on execution instead of athleticism, guys who have had some years in the system are very hard to replace.... If you want to know how much John Starks has left, don't watch his shooting, watch his defense. He used to be one of the best at trailing guys off screens and recovering in time to get up and pressure them. He didn't do it with the Warriors last year, but that I may have been a lack of intensity rather than a physical thing."

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