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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Hornets
Chris Ballard
October 27, 2003
With his poor record from his days as the scapegoat for the Bulls, Tim Floyd (49-190) is going to have to earn the respect of the veterans, who loved playing for Paul Silas. A good start is going to be important for him....
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October 27, 2003

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

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With his poor record from his days as the scapegoat for the Bulls, Tim Floyd (49-190) is going to have to earn the respect of the veterans, who loved playing for Paul Silas. A good start is going to be important for him....

This is the kind of well-balanced, talented group that Floyd dreamed of coaching in Chicago. After years of searching they've finally found an excellent backup point guard in Darrell Armstrong, who's also a vocal leader. He'll have an especially positive influence on Baron Davis, a tremendous talent who can get a little carried away with himself....

David Wesley is 32, but he's a Charles Oakley type in that he's tough, strong and always in good shape. Armstrong is 35, but he looks 10 years younger, and he was diving for loose balls in preseason....

Davis and Wesley really know how to complement each other, playing off screens or floating into the open spaces. The Hornets do a lot of double screening, during which the guards will go one way then reverse direction, and they always seem to be wide open when they receive the ball. Both players are also strong enough to take post guards up....

Re-signing P.J. Brown was important because he gives them a bit of everything at both ends of the floor. He and Jamaal Magloire make a nice twosome up front, though neither is a scorer you would look to establish inside....

Jamal Mashburn is one of the best offensive players in the East, and a key for this team is that he continues to exhibit the leadership and all-around play that made him an All-Star last season....

First-round pick David West is a four-year collegian from Xavier who can contribute immediately. He can hit the midrange jumper, post up and deliver the ball with his interior passing. I'd play him ahead of 'Tractor' Traylor, who is getting so big he looks more like a train than a tractor.

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