Originally Posted by Acie
Mo Pete showed up out of shape every year at training camp, never learned to use his right hand at all, couldn't dribble the ball more than four times without turning it over, and played average D that looked better than it did because he played on a team of pylons.
AP was already a good player on both ends when he came to Toronto from Israel. It had nothing to do with Mo Pete
Only if you believe that fuckwad Kevin O'Neill, who didn't play anyone except Vince and Donyell to their strengths. And then the reputation carried over to Smitch, who was an even worse coach who'd play MoPete for 40+ consecutive minutes only to pull him out of the last 5 in a close game despite MoPete showing no signs of wearing down. MoPete even said after KO accused him of that, he'd make sure it'd never happen again.
Unless of course you believe he managed to play 82gms 4yrs in a row w/o coming into camp in shape.
MoPete has the same impact defensively as Anthony Parker and offered the same leadership as well (And were the 2008 Hornets pylons too? He was D'ing up hard on Kobe w/them as well). W/that in mind + MoPete being an 82gamer in mind + Anthony only missing 22gms in 5yrs, I reckon MoPete taught'em how to prepare for the NBA grind. IIRC AP even said as much once during an after-practice media scrum in 06-07.
We had a great future if we kept both of them with us and simply got rid of Smitch (and hindsight being 20-20, Bryan as well).