KING BARGS tells it like it is no sugarcoating around answers. From what I see he treats everyone with respect. And fans should respect him the same way.
I don't know if his rebounding would improve anymore if he were at the "4." The combo of him and Reggie Evans showed promise but at the end of the day, he has to do his bit on defense and the glass.
I also appreciate his honest and frank assessment of both himself and the coaching staff. He seems to understand that whether he's a C or PF, he needs to rebound more and make a consistent better effort on defense.
It's interesting the way he pointed out that this year he was expected to shoulder the offensive burden in Bosh's absence, so he worked on getting better offensively in the offseason and he was definitely much better and more consistent on the offensive end. Ideally, I'd like to think that the coaching staff gave him a priority to work on and he has the ability to improve. If last year's priority was offensive, you make this year's priority rebounding and defense and see how much improvement he can show next season. I think even moreso than before that the Raps should keep Bargnani at least one more season - next season will be critical to see growth in his rebounding and defense, then the decision to keep or cut ties with him should be made.
Another interesting point is about the team defense. I absolutely agree that any team needs time to gel into a cohesive defensive unit. Young players need even more time, since they tend to focus on improving individually before they even start thinking about improving the team defense. When you consider the revolving-door starting lineup the Raps had all season, given injuries, it's no wonder they are behind schedule on building lineup chemistry and therefore team defense. I believe they Raps need to commit to a young starting lineup next training camp and stick with them as a unit, regardless of record, to help your future core develop that chemistry as a unit. ie: if they luck out and draft Irving, you start a lineup with Irving, DeRozan, James Johnson (or another young SF that they get via draft/free agency/trade), Davis and Bargnani... let that core 5 grow together while on the floor together, then you are truly rebuilding.
What exactly does he think will be different if he officially moved to PF? For the majority of the season, he defended and was defended by the opposing team's PF. In many ways, he DID play PF this season, it's just he didn't play it beside a legit center. Does he think a legit center is going to help him rebound or play better defense? Both Amir and Davis are above average defenders, especially on help defense, so it's not as if a good defensive center is really going to make that much difference unless his name is Dwight Howard.
It's great that he's got a thick skin, but sometimes I wish he'd take the criticism he receives a little more personally. It might do him some good.
This whole Bargnani is a PF argument is a little ridiculous and seems to me to be yet another in long, long line of excuses.
What now he wants to quit is job and take Ed's now. Come on , trade this scrub asap. He needs to go to Europe this summer and stay there. BC VOID THAT CONTRACT.
With the Toronto Raptors season over and the franchise’s future almost never more uncertain, the question begins in earnest: Is Andrea Bargnani worth it?The spike in scoring – from 17.2 points a game to 21.4 a game; (second among centres in the NBA his dwindling supporters would tell you) – came from more trips to the free throw line (a career-high 5.3 per game) and more shots ... but obscured his decline in every rebounding measure, in blocked shots, in shooting percentage and an increase in turnovers.The only argument in his favour; the only thing that prevents him from being an albatross is that he is paid relatively affordably, by NBA standards, his four-year, $42-million contract not the kind of number that will have rival teams hanging up the phone.When your head coach says getting you to play basic help defense and secure some rebounds is like “ asking a home-run hitter to bunt”; the ship has sailed.Bargnani’s best contribution is as a reasonable contract for a player in his prime who can put up some shiney numbers. Played in shorter minutes against second-unit players – a 7-1 Jamaal Crawford – he might even emerge as a helpful piece on a good team.But if the Raptors bring him back Bargnani would no longer be the person to blame for his status as one of the league’s official enigmas; a tease of a talent unable to harness it.
If he comes back the fault would lie with the person – whoever that might be -- who didn’t turn him into assets that will be able to help what will be infant core again next year.
And was there evidence to suggest Amir could hit an open jumper? Sure. This is a quote from DraftExpress when he was drafted...
A jumper is one of the easiest skills to learn. Loads of guys have come into the league with no outside shot and become above average shooters. All it takes is hard work and repetition. Bruce Bowen came into the NBA with a horrible jumper and ended up leading the league in 3 point shooting one year.Offensively, he brings all the budding skills necessary for the “new age” power forward. Although the form on Johnson’s shot is poor, he still manages to consistently knock down jumpers all the way out to the NBA 3 point line.
From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/...#ixzz1JWhYTjgZ
And the type of development that we've seen from DeMar is the type of development that you'd hope to see in any 21 year old second year lottery pick. Especially one that is as renowned a hard worker as he is.
I agree that stranger things have happened than Bargnani suddenly "getting it" defensively, but that's no way to approach the development of a player. You don't draft Ed Davis hoping he'll one day lead the league in scoring. Will I feel foolish if Bargnani suddenly becomes a defensive beast? No, why? I'll argue till I'm blue in the face if someone says that Ed Davis will become a 30 ppg scorer, but if he does, I'd be thrilled. I just think the chance of it happening are incredibly unlikely.
When Bargnani was drafted, I figured his ceiling was a 25 ppg scorer who was a below average rebounder and defender. Seems I've been right so far.
If Bargnani suddenly became a 25-10 player while playing good defense, why on earth would I continue to criticize him? You make it sound as if I'm criticizing him because I don't like him as a person. I have absolutely no feelings about him personally. I criticize him because he's a big man who is a poor rebounder and defender. If he suddenly became a good rebounder and defender, then why exactly would I continue to criticize him? I don't understand this comment.
Besides, if Bargnani DOESN'T become a good defensive player or rebounder, would YOU feel foolish?
Driving the bus: Tim W, Apollo, Slaw
Under the bus X 20 million: Andrea Bargnani
I hope he gets traded this off-season so that I dont hear all the whining anymore.
I think this will be one trade that i want done coz i feel for the player, and not against.
Last edited by TheGloveinRapsUniform; Thu Apr 14th, 2011 at 04:07 PM.
Trollnani does more complicated things than rebound or play defense.
The fanbase and now the media pretty much have their pitchforks out-White Swan's a goner this offseason. But best of luck to you, Bargnani.
The time is now. They should try and move him on draft night.
I can just see Multi getting the shotguns ready and the grenades all lined up.
Pretty much everybody is saying how awful his defense is and the fact that he is a liability to this team, i say trade him and let him contribute where he can. Personally though, id make him a sixth man. I dont think he'll have a problem coming off the bench, maybe that will ignite something in him and make him realize that he actually needs to rebound and play defense. 10mil for a sixth man? maybe a bit above average but i dont think its that bad.
i can just see it tho in the RR forum, bargnani gets blamed, gets traded, we get scrubs, RR forum blames GM for getting scrubs. and the blaming continues.
He also said "I do things that are more complicated than rebounds and defence" which they edited out of the official videos.
It's a weak draft with no clear cut stars and the Timeberwolves have not done well in their recent draft history. They'd be getting a former #1 who can score and is young and with Love grabbing boards Andrea would have a much better version of Reggie next to him.
No telling what Kahn might do.
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