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Besides inside-practice notes on Delonte, Dirk and Jae, DB.com goes 1-on-1 with Rick Carlisle as he reviews our stat thesis: Elton Brand is an 'elite' defensive big. So 'elite' that he can mentioned in the same breath with Tyson Chandler, Rick? 'Well,' Carlisle tells us, 'that's not preposterous, but ...' Premium Mavs inside:

Is Elton Brand, like Tyson Chandler, an 'elite defender'? There's no denying the defensive impact that Tyson Chandler had on the Dallas Mavericks championship team. He was easily the best defensive center in the history of the Mavericks' organization and his rebounding, shot blocking and toughness were huge factors in the Mavs' success. Chandler also went on to bring that same defensive...

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