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Old 12-18-2007, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can Smitch light a fire under Bagnani's arse?

Well, Doug Smith in his blog today is wondering if what Sam did to Andrea last year will work again this season and get him back on track.

Originally Posted by Doug Smith
Maybe a steel cage match?

Maybe itís time for a good wrestling match?

Maybe it's time for Raptors Wrestlemania II?
I take you back just over a year, Nov. 19, 2006 in Denver to be exact, when Andrea Bargnaniís rookie season turned around, as did the opinion of coach Sam Mitchell held of him.

It was an off-day on a west coast trip and the Raptors had sucked. Mitchell had no idea whether the No. 1 pick was tough enough to play in the NBA and the kid really didnít know how tough the NBA was every night.

The bigs all went to a local gym, one ball, four or five games (the memory blurs on that point); ball put in paint, two bigs told to go get it, guy could do almost anything he wanted to win.

Bargnani impressed enough with his desire that Mitchell gave him a big run the next night in Utah and the kidís season sort of took off from there.

I mentioned that night to a coach last week and his eyes twinkled. ďYeah, put him in there with Joey, see who comes out.Ē

Not sure Samíll do it again, thatís the kind of drill that works once, but it might be something to try.
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