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Posted on October 12, 2012 | 17 Comments
With the season ramping up again and a couple of preseason games done, I’m going to try and write a bit more regularly. I’ve got about half a dozen partially finished posts I will try and get to, including an Offseason Report Card and Season Preview (which I will hopefully be able to do before the season actually starts).
In the meantime, Adam Francis, at RaptorsHQ, posted a link to this article in Toronto Sun (a publication I would normally not read, since I read above a 3rd grade level) about Toronto’s own Andrea Bargnani. In it, he talks about how his shooting struggles is due to fatigue and that no one should worry about it. I actually agree. A couple of seasons ago, Bargnani shot poorly in the preseason and I was trying to be a voice of reason. Bargnani’s shooting is not something we should really worry about. He’s always been an above average shooter and he should always be.
Of course, the fact that he’s coming into camp out of shape is troubling, if not surprising. At this point, though, Bargnani has become the king of excuses. Not just from him, but from the organization and it’s fans. I think one of the reasons he missed so many games, last season, is because he simply isn’t able to handle playing hard for very long. His body isn’t used to it. Expecting him to play at a similar level as the vaunted “13 games” over an entire season is asking to be disappointed.
Speaking of the “13 games”, is it just me, or have those games grown, as most legends do, into something they never were. Yes, Bargnani’s offense was excellent, during those games, and yes he did appear as though he was playing harder, but he still rebounded very poorly and his defense was still below average.
But I digress.
The most troubling thing from this article, though, was this quote…
“We’re going to go as far as he takes us. He’s going to be an anchor for us, a guy that can knock down shots. A lot of what we do is predicated on him making open shots. I’ve been pushing him, (getting) on him, mainly about running the floor both ways.”
This is head coach, Dwane Casey, talking about Bargnani.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that Bryan Colangelo brought in Casey from Dallas because of Casey’s ability to build a defense around Dirk Nowitzki, as well as an offense. Doesn’t this scare anyone else? Does Colangelo really think the Raptors can achieve success by copying another team with inferior parts? Has he not followed NBA history?
Loads of teams tried to draft or convert players into big point guards, like Magic Johnson, but not one of them was even able to get to the Finals with one. Teams tried to copy Houston’s twin towers, after the success of Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon. No one could.
Bargnani is an offensive talent. There is little argument about that. But other than his 13 games, he’s always been a rather inefficient offensive player and he was pretty poor at most other aspects of the game. He’s nowhere near the scorer that Nowitzki is, who can score inside and out, as well as get to the line at a high rate. Dirk is also a much better rebounder, defender and passer.
So what happens when you try and copy something successful with inferior products?
You end up with crap that ends up in the garbage after it breaks in a couple of weeks.
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