Rapcast #80: ESPN’s Coach David Thorpe breaks down the Raptors

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It’s Friday and time for a weekend *special* edition of The Doctor Is In. Coach David Thorpe, from ESPN.com’s Scouts Inc. and the Executive Director of the Pro Training Center in Clearwater, Florida, drops by and we talk about a range of things, all Raptors related.


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  • Toronto’s defense and what can be done to improve it. The coach points out the Raptors’ lack of interior presence, more specifically, shot-blocking.
  • The most common place the Raptors get attacked and what can P.J Carlesimo do about it.
  • The ‘common thread’ between all good defensive teams, the difference between having a good strategy, and having a good strategy but not executing it.
  • Hubie Brown’s words of wisdom.
  • Can Ekpe Udoh or Avery Bradley be a good fit in Toronto? What does the decision upon the Raptors drafting either one depend on? Coach breaks them both down.
  • The advantage of having a point guard with speed, could Bradley bring that to the Raptors? Coach compares Bradley to Jrue Holiday.
  • Do the Raptors have players whose “motor runs hard” to offset the “laid back” guys on the team?
  • Solomon Alabi and a possible fit in Toronto. Comparisons to Joakim Noah and how he could bring some life out of Andrea Bargnani.
  • Analyzing Udonis Haslem and Luol Deng as possible returns in a Bosh S&T. Haslem could have the higher basketball IQ than anybody in the Raptors organization. The coach breaks down Luol Deng and talks about how he could fit with the Raptors.
  • More…

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