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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Kings
Chris Ballard
October 27, 2003
The best anyone can say is that the Kings—like the Spurs, the Lakers and the Mavs—can win the West. It's too close to call....
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October 27, 2003

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

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The best anyone can say is that the Kings—like the Spurs, the Lakers and the Mavs—can win the West. It's too close to call....

As good as he is, what has Chris Webber accomplished? Webber can be dominant, and he's still only 30, but he's missed 43 games the last two years and at crucial times he has not come through....

Brad Miller gives them toughness in the post that they haven't had before. He'll battle inside against Duncan and Shaq, and he can pop outside and hit the 15-foot jumper. I'm curious to see if Miller can help shake the Kings out of the self-doubt that they figure to have after blowing it the last two years....

Last season the Kings became an elite defensive team because of their speed and quickness. They can't knock you around, but they take advantage of the zone rules and play smart team defense by overplaying the passing lanes....

Their point guards, Mike Bibby and Bobby Jackson, have to stay healthy. Bibby is a pass-first guy, and Jackson usually isn't, but Jackson is the toughest player on the team. There have been times that I thought they were better off with Jackson, because he gives them a sharper edge....

The Kings aren't as deep as in previous seasons; to win the championship they need to be tougher and avoid injuries. They also need the kind of luck they haven't had the last couple of years, which means that bad things have to happen to their rivals—like the Kobe Bryant situation, which may open the door for Sacramento.

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