Still, Weiss said he is "leaning toward" starting rookie Johan Petro at center -- something no one would have predicted one month ago. In the interim, Petro became one of the preseason's most pleasant surprises.
At this point, though, it would be premature to say Potapenko has lost his starting position due to injury -- as he did one year ago, when former Sonic Ruben Patterson broke Potapenko's right hand in the final preseason game. Potapenko, then the likely starter, was out for six weeks, during which time Jerome James ensconced himself in the middle.
Weiss said Reggie Evans will start alongside Petro in the frontcourt -- a move that should ensure sound defensive post play, at the expense of increased pressure on Allen, Lewis, and Ridnour to score from the perimeter.