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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Nets
Ian Thomsen
October 28, 2002
"At first I didn't like the trade for Dikembe Mutombo, but I'm starting to come around. Apparently the Nets felt they really needed to get rid of Keith Van Horn. He had too many nights of 1 for 10....
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October 28, 2002

Enemy Lines An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Nets

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"At first I didn't like the trade for Dikembe Mutombo, but I'm starting to come around. Apparently the Nets felt they really needed to get rid of Keith Van Horn. He had too many nights of 1 for 10....

Richard Jefferson will be able to replace his scoring. Jefferson is not the threat Van Horn was, but you still can't afford to leave him alone. Plus, Kenyon Martin's improved a lot as a scorer, and Rodney Rogers will be coming off the bench....

Trust me: They're not going to be able to run their Princeton offense through Mutombo. They'll give him some touches, I'm sure, but anything more isn't going to work, because if he catches the ball, it takes him a half hour just to move it up to his chin and back down again. Still, they should be able to keep running their offense for the other guys....

Rogers looked heavy in preseason, but he's always had problems with his weight, and I don't think they're going to ask him to be very active. All they need is for him to play physical defense off the bench and spot up for jump shots. With him, Jason Collins and Aaron Williams, New Jersey should be able to limit Mutombo to fewer than 30 minutes a game and keep him fresh. We'll see if Mutombo accepts that....

I'm a Kenyon Martin convert. He has to keep improving that jump shot, but he's a better shot blocker and rebounder and a far more aggressive finisher than I thought he'd be....

The Nets are dramatically improved at point guard with Chris Childs as their backup. He's highly competitive and knows how to run a team. Their added depth will allow the starters to play defense at a higher level, knowing they'll get rest....

Assistant coach Eddie Jordan does a lot with their offense, but Byron Scott obviously makes the final decisions, and he earned a lot of respect for his work in the last playoffs. Of course, Jason Kidd is more important than either of them."

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