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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Clippers
Phil Taylor
October 30, 2000
"Who's an established veteran on this club who can teach all these young kids about the league? Eric Piatkowski? C'mon.... Michael Olowokandi could be a solid NBA center, but when you watch him play, you have to question how much heart he has. Also, how much coaching has he had with all the changes the Clippers keep making in their staff? Where's the veteran center behind him to push him in practice and make him better?...A guy to keep an eye on is Brian Skinner. He's strong as a bull, and he's worked on his offense and developed good hands. The year after next he's going to be one of the top power forwards on the free-agent market.... Corey Maggette is an athlete, but he doesn't handle the ball well, so he can't break people down off the dribble. I don't know where you play him.... Guys like Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson are very talented, and Lamar Odom was a franchise player coming out of school. You can definitely build a team around him.... A good year for this team would be 27, 28 wins."
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October 30, 2000

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

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"Who's an established veteran on this club who can teach all these young kids about the league? Eric Piatkowski? C'mon.... Michael Olowokandi could be a solid NBA center, but when you watch him play, you have to question how much heart he has. Also, how much coaching has he had with all the changes the Clippers keep making in their staff? Where's the veteran center behind him to push him in practice and make him better?...A guy to keep an eye on is Brian Skinner. He's strong as a bull, and he's worked on his offense and developed good hands. The year after next he's going to be one of the top power forwards on the free-agent market.... Corey Maggette is an athlete, but he doesn't handle the ball well, so he can't break people down off the dribble. I don't know where you play him.... Guys like Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson are very talented, and Lamar Odom was a franchise player coming out of school. You can definitely build a team around him.... A good year for this team would be 27, 28 wins."

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