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Old 05-16-2008, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Doug Smith: Bargnani Has Minor Surgery

Nothing huge, but surgery nevertheless.

Also, no summer ball for Andrea which in his case because he still has a ton to learn considering the Raptors want him as a centre, maybe isn't the smartest idea at this point. Best way to learn and get better is by actually playing in games.

Originally Posted by Doug Smith
Just talked to Bryan Colangelo about this the other day. Andreaís just had surgery to remove adnoids and correct a deviated septum and is recovering well.

Heíll be at a big man camp in Vegas and likely spend some time with John Lucas in Houston. He wonít, I donít think, play in the summer league.

Nor will he play in the Olympics, or even the final Olympic qualifier, because Italy didnít qualify for either. The Italian team has to play in the qualification tournament for next yearís European championships but the Raptors have already told the Italian federation that they donít want Bargnani playing, a request that will most likely be granted.

As for a big manís coach? Maybe they need one, maybe they donít. If they want him to become a true back-to-the-basket centre, he could probably use some instruction in that regard.
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