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Old 07-28-2008, 09:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up JO Trade Good News For Kapono

As the title says, TSN interviewed Jason and he seems excited this season with the addition of O'Neal. Definitely thinks there's a role for him now with this team now that JO and Bosh will attract so much attention un the post that its going to free up many more opportunities for him and others to do their thing.

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Originally Posted by TSN.ca
Since the Raptors acquired forward Jermaine O'Neal from the Indiana Pacers last month, much of the talk has focused on how O'Neal will help improve the Raptors porous interior defence, add some much-needed toughness and bring the type of rebounding not seen in these parts since Charles Oakley left town.

"A dominant player in his career," noted Kapono.

"The last couple of years he's been hurt, but his health is back and his knee is feeling good."

But perhaps, just as importantly, will be J.O's ability to play in the low-post and attract defenders to open up the floor for the Raptors' shooters.

"He's a dominant post presence," said Kapono.

O'Neal's ability to play on the block could be a key to the success of players like Kapono, fellow sharpshooter Anthony Parker and ultimately the Raptors as a whole.

When the Raptors signed Kapono last summer to a four-year, $24-million contract, he was expected to be another weapon in an already potent Raptors offence.

"He will contribute significantly to our team in a variety of ways .. [in particular] his ability to knock down shots, which spreads the floor and opens up scoring opportunities in the lane on dribble penetration and post-ups," Raptors' GM Bryan Colangelo said at the time.
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Originally Posted by TSN.ca
Although fellow Raptor Chris Bosh is one of the most dangerous forwards in the game, his success is predicated on speed. Typically, Bosh has already made his move before a double-team can be sent.

A combination of J.O's low-post ability and Kapono's outside shooting should create havoc for opposing defences.

"If [O'Neal's] playing well on the block, that's going to help us out."

"The more shooters and post players you have, you have the balance to create problems for the guys on the defensive end. [Defenders must] choose between helping out on the post or guarding guys who can make shots on the perimeter."

The thought of playing with O'Neal has Kapono excited and looking forward to the beginning of training camp.

"It makes you want to get training camp started just so you can get him in here and used to our system and our sets and used to the guys."

Kapono cautions, however, that it may take some time for O'Neal to get accustomed to the Raptors' system and success may not be immediate.

"You can't expect J.O to learn our system in two weeks. Obviously we are going to have a tough time in the pre-season and have a few bumps in the road."

But Kapono is confident that the success will come.
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