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Guys, I think we're underestimating the talent of Nikola Pekovic... he was projected to go as high as top 5 in the 2008 NBA Draft, but he fell to the second round because he was contractually committed to his European club long-term. Not sure what happened between then and now. Anyway, it's quite possible he'll be part of a two-man race with Darko for the starting center spot in Minny.
Just sayin'... he's not exactly a scrub. Easily one of the best non-NBA players over the past few years.
It is also time for MLSE to fire BC and get either Jerry West, Kevin Pritchard or Steve Kerr(in order of preference but Jerry is expensive(about $12m a year to call him out of retirement)) or can go cheap and tab assistant managers from winning small market teams with shrewd drafting in the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trailblazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder if MLSE wants to get fans back in the seats after this season(could be like the Jays attendance this season or fans could be real stupid like the Maple Leaf fans(or maybe those fans just love pain and disappointment?) and sell out Raptors games, if they sell out the Raptors games then MLSE does not need to worry as their cash cow is still there which is sad to me as a fan - owners should only own NBA teams if they are willing to spend to get teams more competitive like the NFL model discounting the Cleveland Browns and the post 1980's(possibly 90's)Oakland Raiders).
You all know why I think BC is not a capable GM(bad negotiating skills - always overpaying, turning Raptors into Phoenix North when we don't have an Hall-of-Famer PG in Steve Nash, his complete disregard for defense(the less exciting part that is important for playoff and championship contenders in the NBA) and his man-love for Andrea Bargnani - a big man that can not rebound, box out, set solid screens, play defense and do what big men in the NBA usually do). I think he is at most a used car salesman that hypes his product, only for such gullible customer to notice immediately he bought a mediocre product and has buyer's remorse as a result.
Sorry for the double post.:).
Just saw the hi-lites. That's just depressing. I don't know why people are so on Calderon's case when it is clear this guy is the biggest hindrance our team has had. If you gave me the choice between a bad defending pg who was an excellent distributor with low turn overs OR a Big with poor defense and rebounding but could hit the three guess which one every other team in the NBA would pick? He's not a 4 either. How could this iceberg slow 5 keep up with any pf? Coaches have lost jobs over this guy. If he truly has value, move him already.
All-Euroleague Second Team: (2008)
Won the Greek Cup: (2009)
Won 2 Greek Championships: (2009, 2010)
All-Euroleague First Team: (2009)
Won the Euroleague Championship: (2009)
Won the Triple Crown: (2009)
if this is our franchise player were f%#ked. Imagin what the NBA will do with him this year, he's playing against a bunch of international scrubs and can't dominate the game on either end of the floor. Youre the #1 pick in the NBA. What are you going to do against Bosh, Bozer, Gasol, Garnett and company.
I love bargnani but the fact is he needs some real help. And when I mean help I mean HELP. I thinkk bryan needs to send him to the raptors basketball academy so that he can learn how to box out and learn the fundamentals of DEFENCE.
There is no limit to the amount of excuses Bargnani gets:
The coaches left him to dry. Triano is much smarter than that. He'll send an extra defender every night to double Barg's man.
Pekovic is an allstar in disguise.
His naturally position is PF therefore when labeled as a C he can't play defense, because, he's a PF.
His teammates fault for letting dribble penetration. Who care's if most defensive schemes have the guards funneling their man to the help defender (usually, the C).
Bargs is the type of player that everyone else on the floor should have to compensate for. He's that good.
Every good player has a bad game. Coincidentally Bargs has a lot of bad games. Doesn't mean anything.
If everyone was as good as a one-on-one defender as Bargs, we wouldn't need him to improve his team defense.
All this from only one thread. I'm sure the list will grow as the view/replies increase.
If you put a good defensive center beside him, he'll still be a poor defensive and rebounding 7 footer who needs help to score. You can surround him with better defensive players, but this isn't Steve Nash we're talking about here. Bargnani isn't that good on offense that you need to build around him and protect him on the defensive end. He's a half decent scorer and scoring is his BIGGEST strength. I mean, if this were a Kevin Durant-type talent on the offensive end, I can see trying to build around him. But he's not even close to that. This is, quite frankly, a half decent player that shouldn't even be the second option on a good team. Why adjust the entire team for a player like that?
Did no one read what I wrote about Bargnani's defense in my post about my favorite player? HAHA
Another retarded thread by the once respected buddah. ANdrea was matched up once one on one with peckovic. I wish that you and Tim would stop producing such useless garbage that borders on SLANDER. THat whole video is pick and rolls and someone else is guarding Pekovic. YOU TWO CLOWNS WOULD SLANDER ANDREA EVEN IF YOU DIDN"T GET PAID to do it:mad:
So let me get this straight:
Bargnani, while playing on a very poor Italian squad, got abused defensively in the euroleague and is therefore not going to improve in defense in the NBA.
Linas Kleiza, who played on a very good Olymiakos squad, averaged 17 ppg but won't be able to be an offensive threat in the NBA.
Yep, makes perfect sense to me.
Kleiza was inconsistent in his scoring at Denver primarily because he was Melo's, he got to rest a few minutes, guy.
But when Kleiza plays consistent minutes he has shown with Denver that he can fill it up.
The question is can Kleiza fill it up in the NBA when he starts and plays 30 mpg?
I wouldn't bet against him averaging 15 + per game in 10-11
We will find out