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enemy lines
Jack McCallum
October 29, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the 76ers
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October 29, 2001

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the 76ers

"A lot of my colleagues feel that everything went right for the 76ers last year and that they're going to regress, but I'm not buying that. The Number I ingredient you want in a team is heart, and they lead the league in that. They run all over forcing turnovers, they cover the defensive boards with Dikembe Mutombo, and they don't give up. Plus they have more depth this year....

The new eight-second half-court rule helps the Sixers, because their guys get out and pressure full-court. If they don't force a turnover, they have the speed, quickness and heart to recover....

One of the things with Larry Brown is that he gets fed up with his players and wants to trade them. The Tyrone Hill trade was made simply because Larry wanted to move him. His team went to the Finals, and he still made as many trades as anybody....

I don't see anybody replacing the rebounding they got from Hill. I'm figuring they move George Lynch to power forward and play Matt Geiger as a backup at the four and the five. But you can't count on Geiger because he's always hurt....

I doubt they get much out of Tractor Traylor, but Larry has always felt that he can find a way to make use of guys who failed at other places....

Offensively they're excellent in transition, but if they have to settle into a half-court game, that's when their weaknesses show, because they don't shoot well enough....

They're counting on Matt Harpring to give them shooting, but I've never felt he was a good shooter. He does play with energy, and he works hard on defense."

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