Smith: What are the big stories heading to Ottawa?
Old 09-25-2008, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Smith: What are the big stories heading to Ottawa?

Doug asks pretty much what all of us have been talking about this summer. You think he's got it all covered?

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Okay, so what are the big stories heading to Ottawa?

If they had to be prioritized (and I know some of you like to do that), Iíd say the top five go in this order:

Starting small forward

Is it Moon? Is it Kapono? What determines it? How they defend? How they shoot? How they interact with the two bigs?

Bargnani

Has he rediscovered his shooting stroke? How much better is he with his back to the basket? Can he defend fours and fives (although he didnít look bad doing it at times last season)? Is he really bigger?

Bosh and OíNeal

How do they get along on the court? What does Sam have up his sleeve offensively for the two guys with quite similar games?

Ukic

How does a rookie fit in when heís going to be asked to play a significant backup role at the most important position on the floor?

Sam

Thereís a feeling this team could be very, very good if OíNeal and Bosh stay healthy and mesh, as I expect they will. Whatís the coach got in his mind, especially offensively, to take advantage of the talent heís got?
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hope Bargnilli dont suck
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I hope Bargnilli dont suck
You and me both SJ.

But on the flipside in a sick & sad way I'd be happy too. Just so I can say "I told ya'll so".
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As far as playing with the bigs (Bosh, O'Neal) goes, I think Kapono's style of play will make for a more effective combination than Jamario's will. Now that we've got another dominant big to attract the defense, open shots are going to be even easier to come by on the wing - personally I'd rather have Kapono out there stroking it than Jamario. It also works the other way too. Most nights teams will focus their defense on the bigs, but on the off chance teams decide to come out and guard the wings, Kapono's a lot more likely to get Bosh and O'Neal meaningful touches inside with passes into the post, pick and rolls, etc.
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You and me both SJ.

But on the flipside in a sick & sad way I'd be happy too. Just so I can say "I told ya'll so".
I can't be right on all my assumptions, but I do bat a pretty high number.

I've always liked Bargnani, and I still think he can play, but he may suck, there's a pretty decent chance too.

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I can't be right on all my assumptions, but I do bat a pretty high number.

I've always liked Bargnani, and I still think he can play, but he may suck, there's a pretty decent chance too.

Not really going out on a limb there SJ.....

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