Kapono knows his foes

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Jason Kapono now knows what stands in his way of a third consecutive NBA three-point shooting title next weekend.

His competition for the event was announced yesterday. There's an ex-Raptor in Roger Mason Jr., now playing meaningful minutes in San Antonio, Indiana's Danny Granger, who has to be in the conversation for most improved player in the NBA this season, Orlando's Rashard Lewis, Atlanta's Mike Bibby, and Miami's Daequan Cook.

Kapono is too smart to single out any one entrant as his toughest competition.

"Honestly, all five are dangerous," Kapono said. "It would be hard to single one guy out as the most dangerous. Typically set shooters probably fare better in this competition. The more movement in your shot the harder it is (to repeat)."

Reading between the lines that would identify Bibby and Mason as the most likely threats to Kapono's title. Both are set shooters which, using Kapono's logic, makes them the biggest threats.

That's a back-to-back

Not that anyone completely shuts down the game's elite players such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, but Joey Graham at least got the chance to give it the old college try on successive nights.

Graham was getting plenty of respect for the job he did on James in the third quarter of the Raptors' loss in Cleveland on Tuesday but had no time to enjoy it with Bryant posing last night's assignment. Defending either is a tough night's work but given his own strengths, Graham says LeBron is a better fit for him.

"For me it's easier to defend LeBron because we can get physical and the refs will see it's two big guys banging bodies," Graham said. "With Kobe, he's more finesse. He's going to try to draw fouls and they'll blow the whistle."


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