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
"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.