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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Wizards
Jack McCallum
October 27, 2003
They ran a lot of set plays to get the ball in Michael Jordan's hands over the last two years. That's going to change with new coach Eddie Jordan, whose Princeton offense will teach the young players to read the defense, move without the ball and make backdoor cuts. Their big weaknesses last year were passing and perimeter shooting, and this offense will help in both areas....
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October 27, 2003

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

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They ran a lot of set plays to get the ball in Michael Jordan's hands over the last two years. That's going to change with new coach Eddie Jordan, whose Princeton offense will teach the young players to read the defense, move without the ball and make backdoor cuts. Their big weaknesses last year were passing and perimeter shooting, and this offense will help in both areas....

When Jerry Stackhouse comes back from knee surgery, will he fit into the offense or will he try to reestablish himself as a scorer now that Michael's gone? My guess is that he'll play for the good of the team as he did in Detroit....

The bigger question is whether Gilbert Arenas can run this offense and not look to score first. He needs to understand that he'll get his one-on-one opportunities as the shot clock is running down....

Christian Laettner's skills are suited to this offense, but through his negative body language he continues to express frustration and impatience with his young teammates....

The Wizards have the potential to play good, hard defense, though they have a lot to learn in that area....

Eddie Jordan is like Phil Jackson in his preference for big guards, and he has them in Arenas and Larry Hughes, who last year shot a career-high 46.7%....

They'll get decent rebounding from Brendan Haywood, Etan Thomas and Jahidi White. On the offensive boards Haywood has the good habit of keeping the ball high and going right back up with it....

They should build around Arenas and Kwame Brown. Though he endured a lot of criticism from MJ and former coach Doug Collins, Brown could become a Jermaine O'Neal-like talent. He needs to go into the post more often and not rush himself when he gets there. Ultimately, he has to prove his toughness and his love for the game.

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