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enemy lines
Pete McEntegart
October 29, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raptors
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October 29, 2001

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raptors

"A lot of people think the Raptors will make the Finals, but I think they took a step back....

They're going to miss Charles Oakley. He was probably the best help defender in the league, he rebounded, he'd set a screen, dive on the floor, take a charge, and in the locker room he motivated the players and inspired a little fear. As laid-back as Lenny Wilkens is, he needs that kind of leadership....

Even without Oakley, though, opposing teams are still going to have to work hard to keep the Raptors from getting second shots. Because defenses have got to help on Carter so much, his teammates have freedom to hit the offensive boards....

Antonio Davis is as good as any power forward in the East, and Alvin Williams is a great point guard. He scored close to 40% of his points in the fourth quarter, so you can really rely on him down the stretch....

After the instability they went through with Butch Carter two years ago, Wilkens has proved to be a perfect match for that team. He gave them stability, credibility, and the players obviously respect him. I give Wilkens a lot of credit for establishing Williams as a future star....

Hakeem Olajuwon is used to being the focus of the offense, and I don't know how they're going to incorporate him....

My problem with this team is that they play too loose, and I put a lot of that on Vince Carter's leadership. Carter is a poor defender. You try to screen Carter because he doesn't stay in plays, he dives on picks and he seldom helps. You wouldn't say that about Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or Tracy McGrady. You can't be one-dimensional and lead your team to the Finals....

If they had held on to McGrady and let Carter go, they would have had the kind of leader who ties up the loose ends, worries about defense and has them focused on winning a championship."

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