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Old 01-24-2008, 01:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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What I find interesting is that 90% of the time, when Bargnani is playing well, it's because he's being unspectacular.

Aside from the odd drive where he catches a guy with his pants down, or a spectacular bullet/no look pass (his passing is really great for a guy his size), Bargnani's best skill is that he's a no-nonsense shooter. Like young Dirk. When he sets his feet and takes an open 15 footer or 3 pointer, as long as he's not fading away and has his feet set, it has a good chance of going in.

The problem is that he's been so antsy this year, trying to learn 10 different things at once (including playing in the post, where he has had some success and should continue to go down low whenever possible).

Say what you will about Sam's X's and O's coaching (I cringe thinking about playoff matchups), but his 'you have to earn everything' coaching of young players has gotten huge results thus far. He's a true player's coach. He coaxed Charlie V. to be as consistent as he's ever been as a rookie. He's gotten so much more out of Bosh by pushing him. So many young players have improved under him (Humphries anyone? He was a stiff for Utah, albeit a young one).
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