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Sam: I think certain guys get identified as poor defenders and it’s difficult to erase the rap....

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Sam: I think certain guys get identified as poor defenders and it’s difficult to erase the rap. I’ve watched Korver and while he’s not the greatest, very few are. That’s the point. There just aren’t many great individual defenders. Pierce and Allen were regarded as poor defenders until Garnett came along and Thibodeau enforced a solid system. Whereas there’s the label in the draft black guys get of being athletic, the notion being they are not as smart, white guys get the rap of being poor defenders. It’s all lazy man’s crap, but Korver suffers some from being under that same umbrella. He’s OK and works at it and often the perimeter guy gets the blame when there isn’t the right inside help and the Bulls haven’t been great at that this season -Sam Smith.

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