Scouts Takes: Key to Nuggets' success
Eastern Conference scout on the surprising early success of the Nuggets:
Practices evolve. Formats change. But the classics always endure.
So you needn't have worried. The takes we collect from advance scouts when teams start passing the 20-game threshold were always coming with us from Weekend Dimedom to the world of Stein Line Live.
What do they see? What do they think? The observations collected come from a group of five scouts granted anonymity so they could speak as candidly as possible ... with each take running separately throughout the day on SLL.
"The other big reason they improved is because JaVale McGee went down. I hate to say it, but that's been a bonus for them. They were originally trying to go inside-out with McGee, but they aren't built like that. I think that's why [Ty] Lawson was out of whack, but Brian -- to his credit -- saw that they didn't have the post presence to play that way and let them go back to what they're good at."
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics
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Marc Stein has been covering the NBA for ESPN since 2000 and became an ESPN.com senior writer in September 2002. In addition to covering NBA news for all of ESPN's platforms, Stein authors the popular NBA Power Rankings every Monday during the regular season while also covering major NBA events and USA Basketball for ESPN.com. He appears regularly on SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast and additional news and information programming and is a frequent contributor to ESPN Radio's NBA coverage as a sideline reporter and league insider.
Stein began covering the NBA during the 1993-94 season and had stints as both Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. He then served as Dallas Mavericks beat writer and later as NBA columnist for The Dallas Morning News before his move to ESPN. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Orange County Register and The San Bernardino Sun. In addition to his NBA reporting, Stein has covered soccer's World Cup, tennis' U.S. Open and the Summer Olympics. Every Sunday, Stein co-hosts a weekly soccer show -- Soccer Today -- on ESPN Radio (103.3 FM) in Dallas.
Stein is a 1991 communications graduate of California State University Fullerton and received his school's highest alumni honor when he was named as part of CSUF's 2006 class of "Vision & Visionaries." His writing has been honored numerous times by the Professional Basketball Writers Association.
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