GM expects big things from Kapono

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Bryan Colangelo now is a believer in the less-is-more theory.

To hear the Raptors general manager tell it, there should not be a recurrence of Jason Kapono's disappearing act in the regular season because there no longer is the logjam of players at his position.

"There were times, roughly 10-12 games, where he looked fantastic," Colangelo said. "He looked like he was the guy who (I) signed to that deal and justified that deal. There were other times where he just seemed to float away. There was never a time you could look into a game and say that both Jason and Carlos Delfino played great. It was either one or the other, or neither. There was that one span where (Kapono) didn't take a shot from behind the line for nine or 10 games. You're talking about one of the best three-point shooters in the game, perhaps percentage wise, in history, and you don't take a shot? I don't know that is something that is explainable. Part of it becomes a mental thing for the player and part of it becomes a little bit of an uncertainty for the coaching staff."

That was the rough part of Kapono's year. The positives, most of them anyway, came during his brief playoff run.

"He becomes more aggressive and basically a vital part of the offence," Colangelo said of the playoff Kapono. "He really played at an elite level."

Colangelo is hoping that Delfino's departure will solidify things for Kapono and allow him to live up to the lofty expectations.

"Now there is less uncertainly with respect to the rotation," Colangelo said. "We've cleaned up the roster a little bit. There's defined roles for not only Jason but guys like Kris Humphries ... We are going to be turning to people with certainty and that should only be a positive for those players. They should respond well to it knowing what they are capable of. Jason should be one of those guys that probably benefits from it."


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