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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bucks
Ian Thomsen
October 28, 2002
"They are going to be weaker. Kenny Anderson gave his best performance in four or five years, and he's gone. His backup, Erick Strickland, is gone, sixth man Rodney Rogers is gone, and I have doubts about the replacements....
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October 28, 2002

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

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"They are going to be weaker. Kenny Anderson gave his best performance in four or five years, and he's gone. His backup, Erick Strickland, is gone, sixth man Rodney Rogers is gone, and I have doubts about the replacements....

Anderson gave them veteran leadership, he was able to blend in and be unselfish, he could run the offense under pressure, and he rebounded well for a point guard. Their only true point guard is J.R. Bremer, an un-drafted rookie from St. Bonaventure, and you can't ask him to run a playoff team. Tony Delk and Shammond Williams are going to struggle at that position, even if all they're asked to do is bring the ball up. Strickland would have been better than any of the guys they have now....

This season I'm telling our guys to deny the ball to Antoine Walker, make him work hard bringing it up and push him out whenever you can. If he isn't handling the ball then who is?...

I even think they're going to miss Vitaly Potapenko, a big, strong guy who could bang and hold the fort. Vin Baker is going to have to play mainly at center, and he's not strong enough. Baker's problem is that he thinks he's working hard when he really isn't. He's going to have to adjust his game offensively; Paul Pierce is more effective in the post than Baker is....

They're looking at a weaker bench, which means their defensive intensity is likely to suffer. They'll struggle on back-to-backs, and Walker and Pierce aren't going to want to practice because they'll be working so hard during the games. They need something from Kedrick Brown, but he was in junior college two seasons ago, and he's a year away....

Pierce is one of the top five scorers in the league, but he's an arm-waver on defense. Let's give it to assistant coach Dick Harter, who turned a bunch of average or poor defenders into a good defensive team last year. He has a much tougher job this time."

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