Eric Smith: Bargnani Update
Old 08-29-2008, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jorge - from parts unknown: As I eagerly await the start of the 2008-2009 season I cant help but wonder how the progress of the most critical piece of our season (Andrea Bargnani) is doing in his workouts this off-season. I believe that Andrea could determine how well our beloved Raptors do this season. Would you be able to update us loyal fans on the progress that Bargnani is making to make this season a success. I know Colangelo and co. had big plans for him this off-season, how are those plans coming along?

Eric: By all indications, things are going well for Andrea. I spoke to a few folks within the Raptors and they seem happy with the progress Bargnani has made. Personally, I haven't had a chance to see Andrea since the end of the season but it sounds like he may have put on a couple of pounds as well. Jermaine O'Neal had a lot of great things to say about Bargnani following their workouts together in Las Vegas. The two hooked up in Nevada when Andrea was down there for the Pete Newell big man camp. He also showed his commitment to the Raptors and to this upcoming season by deciding to NOT play with the Italian national team this summer. Instead, he's been following a strict workout program that is/was coordinated by and supervised by the Raptors basketball department.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That's just swell.
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Again, exactly what we all want to hear.
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Old 08-29-2008, 04:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This sounds really good.I'm optomistic about Bargnani this season, and i think he realizes that this is a make or break season for him.And he he seems comitted.Let's hope he has put on some weight (20lbs would be nice)
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Hopefully he has found his touch again and can be a little better down low. Hopefully he has learned to rebound to
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Articles like this full of fluff and people saying the right things are nothing to get excited about. Barg's has a ton to prove this year, if he doesnt step up, there's no excuses.
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If he doesn't step up he will likely be traded, if he has any value by that time
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Alrite thats step one for "Plan: Make Andrea have a Break-out Season"

Step 2: Show it on the court in October
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Unless we can get some superstar then I'm not trading Bargnani. Why?
Even thought he's been shit, he can still put up the occasional 14PPG and 4ish rebounds. And now that he's gotten training, he's going to put up more. Even if he doesn't turn out a star he's still a good producer.
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