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Scout's Take

March 15, 2004
March 15, 2004

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March 15, 2004

High School Sports
  • Thanks to a selfless coach, the sons of Mexican migrants in a dirt-poor California town turned their backs on drugs and gangs and built an athletic dynasty. But what would they do without him?

Scout's Take

On Kings forward Chris Webber, who in his first three games after
returning from left-knee surgery averaged 24.0 points and 9.0
rebounds:

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"It's no surprise that Webber has fit right in--everybody knows
how talented he is and how well-rounded his team is. But the
Kings aren't going to go far in the playoffs unless they can stop
teams from doing what they want to do. Last year, with Webber in
the lineup, Sacramento ranked first in opponents' field goal
percentage. This year the Kings rank 25th, which means they have
to spend the rest of this season cracking down on the defensive
end, and it has to start with Webber. He has the height, strength
and athleticism to be a quality defender, and as their best
player he has to lead by example. Now that he's back, I believe
you'll see their defense improve."

COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN