Anyone think BCís gonna move Jose mainly to give Bargnani the better chance to become the better player on the Raptors some still think he can be? It's kind of what Iím thinking.
As up and down (sometimes, really down) as I was last year on Bargnani, I canít help consider two factors, as I see it: First, no matter how badly he sometimes played at times last year, there were flashes of near-brilliance for a quarter here and a half there. I remember times when he looked ready to go off for fifty or so and then ... he stopped getting the ball. Donít know what it was about, but in the earlier years (more so than last), to my eyes, Jose seemed to sometimes have an aversion to feed - or continue to feed - Bargs. And last year, there were odd times when it wasnít just Jose.
The second thing, is that without Bosh anywhere near the building, it COULD (emphasized, only to say itís possible) set the table for Bargs to open up the throttle all the way, letting his talents - which I still believe are considerable - flow without feeling the presence of the former hands-down best player on the team quietly watching from the sidelines. And that dynamic - no Bosh - might have the similar effect on the rest of the team ... but more so, I believe, if Jose is gone.
Not saying this is the best thing, necessarily, but we all know that Bargnani is Colangeloís boy ... and if Bargs is to get a full and complete year to show what he might have, I think BC is gonna set the table for him as best he can.
Also, I donít count that last section of the season when Bosh was out with the injury, when judging whether or not Bargnani has it in him to step up. Because ... the whole team had already sagged in my opinion, as I suggested after that Saturday evening Golden State game when the penny dropped for me and I could see that Bosh was leaving. (You could look it up on the main board.) Then when Bosh got injured, the whole team just played as if it was already over.
The questions about Bargnani that I would have are ... what has he done this summer to improve? With all that was coming (Bosh leaving), thereís no way that Colangelo didnít do something to ensure that heíd be working on SOMEthing to improve ... at least, I sincerely hope so. And when Carlesimo went to visit Turk, did he quietly hop over to Italy to visit Andrea? Bet he did. Whateverís gone on this summer with Bargs, itís been a bit too quiet. Iíll be anxious to see what kind of shape heís in. After all is said and done - trade-wise - I think weíre gonna need his best to compete.