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Dr. J. Naismith 07-28-2008 09:18 PM

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. :dancing:



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.


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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JattDogg 07-28-2008 11:14 PM

we have a system? i didnt realise that haha

Major 07-28-2008 11:35 PM

JO + Kapono = JO + Reggie :dancing:

When we have JO, Bosh, Kapono, AP and Jose on the floor it might be the first time in several years that the raptors have 5 very good scorers on the floor at one time. If the ball movement is good JK will get his shots. Many of his came from a double on Shaq and then a pass out or a pass from the rotation out of the post. I think JO can be down low and make that pass to the wings to Jose to swing the ball or to Bosh.

It will be very good. We'll see come regular season.

rapsfan087 07-29-2008 08:42 AM


Originally Posted by JattDogg (Post 46627)
we have a system? i didnt realise that haha


Adequate Swag 07-29-2008 11:36 AM


Originally Posted by Major (Post 46628)
JO + Kapono = JO + Reggie :dancing:


That is just...SO optimistic

Snooch 07-29-2008 11:38 AM


Originally Posted by Adequate Swag (Post 46801)

That is just...SO optimistic

Yeah I would say that JO=JO but Kaps +Miller, wow......

King Shake 07-29-2008 11:39 AM


Originally Posted by Adequate Swag (Post 46801)

That is just...SO optimistic

Lmao, very optimistic. I don't think Kapono is close to Reggie in overall game. All Kapono can really do is shoot, while Reggie had more to his game.

Anyway, JO is good news for everyone. Bosh, Parker, Calderon, Kapono, Andrea. The guy brings very good defense and he will change how we look on the court completely. Also, him and Bosh's girlfriend will be BFFF. Best Forehead Friends Forever.

LX 07-29-2008 04:35 PM

I'd say Kapono and O'Neal are going to like Kapono and O'Neal (but the other one). I still say the plan is for him to play much like Hornacek, which means more than just shoot. Kapono did a good job of heading towards the basket and making something happen when he was being overplayed for the shot. Hornicek did that well alongside another guy with a forehead.

Major 07-29-2008 05:00 PM


Originally Posted by Adequate Swag (Post 46801)

That is just...SO optimistic

Alright obviously i'm kidding (see the dancing emoticon)

Kap will never reach Reggie's level. I know.

I was a little over-excited is all :haha:

I Represent Smithfield 07-29-2008 09:43 PM

Here is hoping that Andrea will benefit just as much from JO as Kapono. JO will take the pressure off of Andrea for a couple of years to be that dominant, rebounding centre, and hopefully he will learn the trade under his wing.

With Kapono (if the Smitch were to use him properly), he could easily be 14-18 point scorer. JO and Bosh will attract many double teams, and hopufully Jose will go back to driving more, so he could kick it out. And with all of this optomism, maybe Jose and the Smitch will run fast breaks, and Kapono is a great shooter in transition.


LX 07-30-2008 07:50 AM

Good point about the break bm. One thing that will help the break a lot, will be not having to rebound in numbers anymore. Before JO, teams would overload the boards to get offensive rebounds, so everyone had to be very aware of gaining possession of the ball instead of being ready to take advantage of transition opportunities.

I'm not sure how Sam didn't use Kapono properly. It's not like he had him posting up or something. I thought if anything that Kapono proved to be far more than the one-dimensional player he was advertised to be.

Superjudge 07-30-2008 08:45 AM

Miller, although I hated that Ferengi bastard, was a master of rubbing his guy off screens, well, mostly because guys in his era wearn't pussy's and actually set screens.

I Represent Smithfield 07-30-2008 12:15 PM

*replying to LX*

I think that Kapono could have used more steady minutes, instead of 12 minutes one night, 18 minutes the next, then a DNP two games straight. Everyone knows how Kapono burned it in the playoffs, so if he were to get minutes and touches like that in the regular season (instead of Moon), we could have possibly broke top 5 in the East, maybe even home court.

Also, Kapono isn't as one dimensional as everyone thinks IMO. Sure he is known for being an amazing spot up shooter, but he can also shoot in transition, and although not a great slasher, when his man plays him for the shot too much, he can drive, and has a nice soft floater as well.

LX 07-30-2008 03:37 PM

I'd say one big reason for the minutes varying had a lot to do with defensive weaknesses that he was not at all able to help with. Another bonus with the arrival of JO. That - and it just took a while for him to be as comfortable within the system as he was in the playoffs. I'd say he was actually ready to break out over the last part of the season, but Sam preferred refining his role over making him the kind of go-to guy he was in the playoffs. There was no need to tip-off the scouts. I would guess that this season his importance becomes pretty much set in stone.

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