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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bucks
Marty Burns
October 28, 2002
"Glenn Robinson was a proven 20-point scorer, and you don't find a lot of them. He wasn't as bad a defender as he's been made out to be, and he was a tough player who was willing to take the shot in the big moments. Now they're replacing him with Tim Thomas in the hope that Thomas will help change their identity and make them more of a defensive team. That's asking a lot of a guy who has had an undistinguished career. Thomas has all the tools, but he has yet to show the production at either end....
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October 28, 2002

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

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" Glenn Robinson was a proven 20-point scorer, and you don't find a lot of them. He wasn't as bad a defender as he's been made out to be, and he was a tough player who was willing to take the shot in the big moments. Now they're replacing him with Tim Thomas in the hope that Thomas will help change their identity and make them more of a defensive team. That's asking a lot of a guy who has had an undistinguished career. Thomas has all the tools, but he has yet to show the production at either end....

They had three guys who could score 25 points. What is their strength now? One year ago this looked like a team on the rise, but that is no longer the case....

As much as I love Ray Allen, he's a guy who lets the game come to him. Now that Robinson is gone, can Allen become the leader who carries that team? They're going to be in danger if Allen and Thomas don't take on these new roles....

It's good they matched the Mavericks' offer and kept Michael Redd, because it wouldn't be wise to depend much on Toni Kukoc coming off the bench. It's been years since he's produced....

Very few people in the league want to win more than Sam Cassell. He's a smart defender in that he knows how to shade guys and how to play screens, but at least one time a game he'll get caught up in yelling at an official or somebody else and allow his man to sneak by for an uncontested shot....

Ervin Johnson used to be a good defensive player, but he seemed to slow down last year....

Anthony Mason's game is in decline, and his arrival hurt them last season. He took over the ball, walked it up the floor and changed the pace of their game. Grind-it-out basketball is not the Bucks' style. He's still their only big low-post threat, though Cassell might be their most effective player down there."

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