"I won't shoot 5 for 19 again...." - DeFrozen (in theaters now)
Bargnani has a 24.2 PER over the first six games. Roughly 28 PPG and 7 rebounds over the last four games.
Glad to see that Bargs is shutting up all the people that wanted him out of Toronto all these years. All he needed was the right situation, which is exactly what Casey brings to him.
His current level of play has negated those fears for now. We've all seen him play at a high level though. He must maintain this and turn it into his Status Quo.
i never wanted Bargs gone either.... he's the lynchpin in my dreams of an all honky raptors team
He was being asked to do the work of a center, even though it's not his natural position. I knew that if used the right way he could do very good things. Plus, trading him away can't replace 17-20 points per game, and considering the poor defense the Raptors showed in the past, losing him would have meant way more blowouts. I don't hope for every player to get shipped out of town just because of a few stumbles.
I always knew that Bargs was the best player on the team and I said it repeatedly over the last seven years. You can check my posts.
At the beginning of the end of the lockout I softened my view but was still very skeptical. The softened stance came on interviews with him. It seems like he had a life altering experience this off season. He is a changed man in terms of his demeanour and confidence. It seems to have carried over to his game - at least at the moment.
I am really excited to see how the rest of the season goes for the Raptors - and to be honest, Bargnani specifically.
I think you have three camps: the die hard Bargnani fans, the hardcore Bargnani haters and the fans in the middle who's opinion can change based on their values and the circumstances at the time.
For the people in the middle I think it's more that it comes down to an ever changing theory of whether or not he can be the player we want him to be based on our own values of what a good player is and/or whether he fits in with was we define a good team. Things change and so opinions can change. For some it's game to game, for others it season to season for others its when significant changes take place(or don't take place).
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