"I think what struck me was their youthful exuberance. With Chris gone, obviously there's a huge void on the offensive end so young guys are emerging. Guys like DeRozan and Weems, they're making the most of their opportunity. I think Bargnani has really stepped up his game. He's really become a tough cover."
-- Shane Battier on the new-look Raptors
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Battier is definitely a very respected NBA player. A veteran, a great defender and a great shooter. Some say he's also quite nice
What do you guys think, he's another guy who has complemented this years' Raptors.
Also, a great defender like Battier saying that Bargnani is a tough cover, that could make anyone smile for a day or so.