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COMBUSTIBLE INGREDIENTS
Chris Mannix
October 24, 2005
Here's why these pairings could strike magical sparks--or send their teams down in flames
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October 24, 2005

Combustible Ingredients

Here's why these pairings could strike magical sparks--or send their teams down in flames

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James and Hughes give Cleveland 49.2 points and 11.9 assists, and could be the most dominant perimeter tandem since Jordan-Pippen. Like those Bulls, with the rest of the roster you just fill in around them.

WHY IT WON'T WORK

Great players, similar styles, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Both players like to slash to the basket, and Hughes's three-point percentage of 28.2 does nothing to help Cleveland's shooting woes.

MARRIAGE

LARRY BROWN, coach, and STEPHON MARBURY, PG
Knicks

WHY IT WILL WORK

In Philly, Brown turned Allen Iverson into an MVP two guard. In Detroit he made Chauncey Billups into a Finals MVP point. Now back in his hometown, Brown will discover how to get the most out of Marbury.

WHY IT WON'T WORK

Not even the Big Apple has room for these two massive egos. Sniping that began at the 2004 Olympics carries over, and constant media pressure will lead to a press war that won't have a Broadway ending.

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