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Scout's Take


On the Spurs, who have added center Rasho Nesterovic, forward
Robert Horry, and swingmen Hedo Turkoglu and Ron Mercer:

"They're better than the team that won the championship six weeks
ago. Nesterovic isn't the shot blocker David Robinson was, but he
runs the floor better and gives them more of a scoring presence
than Robinson did last season. That--along with the perimeter
shooting of Turkoglu and Mercer--will make things easier for Tim
Duncan. The Kings got tougher by acquiring center Brad Miller,
and the Lakers are obviously improved, but I still give the Spurs
the edge over Los Angeles, because they have better chemistry and
more depth."