It takes all kinds of things to happen for an NBA team to have a successful season, some good luck, some good play, some emerging stars.
Andrea Bargnani was still suffering flu-like symptoms when he arrived at practice on Tuesday and was sent straight home to keep whatever is ailing him from the rest of the team.
Bryan Colangelo is limping these days, but he seems comfortable enough with it. He hurt his knee back when he was hurriedly moving stuff in his Phoenix house, which he had sold, and after a minor surgery it is bothering him again. His bold, purposeful stride has been turned into a bit of a hobble. He might need more work done.
When Bargnani does play, he will not be expected to reinvent himself. Bargnani has averaged 5.8 rebounds per 36 minutes for his career — paltry production on the glass for a 7-footer — and Casey does not need that to change for his own sanity.
Not only will he start in the Raptors’ season opener Wednesday, matching up against an NBA all-star, the Lithuanian centre is being touted as the future of the franchise for a team aching to get back to the playoffs for the first time in five years.
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Bryan Colangelo is limping these days, but he seems comfortable enough with it. He hurt his knee back when he was hurriedly moving stuff in his Phoenix house, which he had sold, and after a minor surgery it is bothering him again. His bold, purposeful stride has been turned into a bit of a hobble
If you think you lose badly, he loses worse. There is nothing about this crawling rebuild of the Toronto Raptors that in any way fits with his usual manner of conducting business. Normally, he loves to spend, wants to roll the dice, needs to play the high-risk game.
“He thrives off of defence first. If you play defence, you can play for him,” Anderson said of his coach. “He’s not real picky on shot selection as long as you are ready to shoot and confident in shooting it. If you play defence first, that is how I grew up, playing defence so it fits me well.”
The Raptors appear to have a tough schedule to begin the year. However, it seems as if they may run into a bit of luck, with various problems with their opponents while the Raps are close to 100% healthy.
The most important piece of actual news to come out of Tuesday’s practice was that Andrea Bargnani was sent home with flu-like symptoms and will be evaluated on Wednesday to see if he’s able to play in the opener against the Pacers.
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