Kapono enjoying Mitchell's system

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:50 PM ET

Jason Kapono has played only three games in Sam Mitchell's offence, but he already knows it's less restrictive than the Pat Riley offence that he played in the past two seasons in Miami.

For one, Kapono is free to shoot as soon as he feels he has a good shot, something he couldn't do under Riley.

In Miami, the offence first went through Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal before anyone was allowed to take a shot.

"It's much quicker, it's much more of a spread offence," said Kapono, comparing the Raptors offence to the Heat's.

"Here it's an equal-opportunity offence with guys able to take shots early on which I'm not used to. I'm used to having to go through two other guys first and then wait until the end of the shot clock to get my shots. Here (Mitchell) doesn't mind you taking a shot at the start of the shot clock so it's a whole different frame of mind."

And while that's a confidence boost and a nice turn of events for a shooter like Kapono, it does come with an obligation.

"Obviously, you have to make the shot, that's the bottom line," he said.

While Kapono is thrilled with that new-found freedom, he admits it's going to take time for him to get used to it.

"For two years you play under a certain set of rules so now it feels kind of awkward to take a shot early in the clock," Kapono said.

"It's a whole new feel for me. New coaches, new teammates, a new style of play. In Miami I started to get more minutes in my second year but obviously it's not going to take as long as that to get used to this team, but then I don't expect myself to know how to play here within the first week or two either."

One thing Kapono is not worried about is his shot.

"My track record shows I'm going to make more than I miss, so I'm not too worried," Kapono said. "I just have to find my comfort zone and try to figure out how I fit in."


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