Now, stats aren't everything, so I am ready to be convinced that others are seeing with their eyes a "new" Bargnani. To my eye, he looks pretty much the same as the Bargnani from last year and the year before that and the year before that. There isn't a long history of guys showing vast improvements in Year 7 of of a NBA career, so I expect the same guy next year.
What am I missing?
Andrea Bargnani is out for the rest of the season, according to BleacherReport from a tweet from Marc Spears! I guess Raptors are starting tanking from here on now :/
Last edited by Blacklash2k4; Fri Apr 13th, 2012 at 04:58 PM.
The Toronto Raptors announced Friday centre-forward Andrea Bargnani will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season. He exited Sunday’s game in Oklahoma City at the 4:03 mark of the second quarter with left calf tightness.
Based on tests taken yesterday on his left calf and the reoccurrence of previous symptoms, Bargnani will be sidelined to eliminate any further risk.
Bargnani has averaged a team-high 19.5 points, with 5.5 rebounds and 33.3 minutes in 31 games. He led the team in scoring 13 times and recorded five games of 30 or more points. He missed 26 games with a left calf strain and one with left calf tightness.
If only it was earlier and calderon was out too.
Interesting quote from Casey, as taken from the Toronto Star.
"Casey said his first up-close and personal look at Bargnani after seeing him as an opposing coach was enlightening. He was impressed by Bargnani’s “ability to play defence, his quickness and speed at the defensive end . . . pick-and-roll coverages.
“Just using his length on the defensive end. I had never seen it, but I saw it. He showed it and as my grandfather said, ‘He told on himself.’
“I know now he can do it, so that’s going to be the command coming back in next year.”
This is nothing new, every coach has said they've seen him do it. Even Bargnani said he can do it.
The problem is/was that he's lazy. But, if he says Casey has got him to commit good for him.
Will he ever bang with the bangers? No.
Will he ever be a help side shot blocker? No.
Will he ever be a great rebounder (or good)? No (no).
Is he utterly useless defensively? No.
He is what he is. I hope he can be healthy next year and contribute to a winning Raptors team.
This thread is becoming a very good time capsule of Raptors fans emotions towards Bargnani.
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