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Playing 'man' isn't as simple as it sounds

Updated: February 5, 2003, 1:09 PM ET
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to ESPN.com

First off, the term "man-to-man" defense is misleading. In order for any team to play an effective man-to-man defense, all five players on the court must work together.

While there is much individual responsibility in this defense, the ability to help each other is vital. The proverbial line, "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link" fits perfectly when we talk man-to-man defense.

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