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Old 02-09-2011, 02:59 PM   #57 (permalink)
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BC and Triano said during training camp that Bargnani is the only player on this team who isn't fighting for a starting spot and has guaranteed minutes.

He's been encouraged to shoot 20 + shots a game.

Yes he might be a role player in the end, but in no way is he being used as a role player right now.

He is the face of the franchise, and he has been pushed as such all season by the coaching staff and management. They aren't selling him as a role player, they're selling him as a all-star.

That being established. It's fair to scrutinize him as such. When the 7 foot "best player on the team" as Reggie would say, isn't living up to the hype, he deserves his fair share of criticism. When he's pulling down similar rebounding numbers to a sg, that's most likely going to be talked about on a basketball forum.

Their has been no indication that this team is going to divert from featuring Bargnani as it's premier player. That should be concerning for anyone who has doubts about his ability as that player.
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