Hoops Addict on Bargnani's Struggles
Old 09-15-2008, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A pretty nice breakdown here of some of the things Andrea has faced. Lots of stuff from Sam. It's worth reading the whole thing.

http://hoopsaddict.com/2008/09/15/in...p-on-bargnani/

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According to Mitchell, the struggles Bargnani endured last season are nothing different than the growing pains any young player goes through when adjusting to playing in the NBA. The former Coach of the Year feels confident that Bargnani just needs to figure out a way to snap out of prolonged shooting slumps and regain the confidence and swagger he seems to have lost last season.

Andreas toughest thing is he puts more pressure on the next shot where as a veteran player understands Okay, Im missing some shots lets get an easy one. He finds other ways to do things. Right now with Andrea his strength has always been his shooting so thats what he goes back to. But when youve been in the league for a while you figure out let me go get a couple lay-ups. Let me get some loose balls. Ill get to the free throw line. Ill do other things. Ill get out and run. Let me do some things like that. Andreas whole thing has been I can shoot the basketball. And so its almost like hes trying to prove to himself and everybody else that he can hit that shot. We encourage him to shoot the ball if hes open and we feel like hell hit that shot but its a growing process.
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If you can dribble the basketball and youre 6′5″ or 6′6″ you can get a shot, you can get to the basket, you can get to the free throw line, Mitchell explained. When youre seven feet tall, its different. It took Rik Smits two or three years to figure out how to play in the league. I played with Rik and I remember when we wouldnt throw Rik the basketball. And then all of a sudden everybody wanted a Rik Smits type of center.

What caused Smits to become successful in the NBA? According to Mitchell, it was nothing more than the ability to feeling comfortable.

It just took him awhile to get comfortable. I remember Rasho (Nesterovic) telling me it took two years to realize what the NBA is all about. This league is more than what you see at seven oclock.
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With Bargnani finishing his second season with a renewed sense of confidence and improving stats does this mean hes now ready to play and things will be smooth sailing this season? Not necessarily, according Mitchell.

Its a lot of technical things with Andrea. Its the weirdest thing, someone told me they teach players to jump off the wrong foot when they drive to the basket in Europe. Im right-handed and Im trying to jump off my left leg, every time. Andreas right-handed and a lot of times he plants with his right leg. Jay Triano was telling me they teach them that over in Europe because a lot of times if they take that extra step they call them for traveling. So weve been trying to break Andrea of something hes been doing for how many years? Were trying to get him comfortable jumping off the left leg when he shoots with the right hand. The right leg when he shoots with the left. Now I know it sounds simple, but if you havent done it you watch him. Most of the time when he gets stuck going to the basket hes thinking I need to be jumping off the other leg and he gets caught jumping off the wrong leg.
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Old 09-15-2008, 01:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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good read. thanks LX.

Reading that, it just drives home the point for me thatSam is a great coach for Bargnani. IMO at least.

somewhat related, my first live game was at the skydome against the Pacers. Smits pretty much single handedly crushed our team. The man was awesome.
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That's a great find LX. Alot of good insight and if Bags ever developed into a Rik Smits type of player I'd be extremely, extremely happy.
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Personally, I've always been comfortable with Bargs as a pick as well as Bargs as a player. Sure, he could end up being a bust, but I'd give him at least 2 more seasons to prove that he isn't - and JO acquisition could do wonders for his development.
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Personally, I've always been comfortable with Bargs as a pick as well as Bargs as a player. Sure, he could end up being a bust, but I'd give him at least 2 more seasons to prove that he isn't - and JO acquisition could do wonders for his development.
x2. I don't find Bargs ever frustrated me as much as the TJs and Humps of the world - I think what irritated me was how Andrea was thrust into playing centre, and people expected him to adapt right away. Bargs had been playing the 3 and 4 his whole life and I don't care if he's 7 foot or not, if he's playing out of position he's going to be uncomfortable.

I also think the JO trade will help Andrea out a ton. The concentration of defense on the post will give Andrea some open looks, and we've all seen that when Andrea starts hitting his shots, missing almost isn't an option, and his whole game opens up.
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What I find funny is how some people blame BC for that pick. I mean Bargs frustrates me a lot, and I dont have a lot of faith on him, but it was a great pick knowing how much talent he has. If someone is to blame (and I dont think no one should be, yet) is Bargs himself and the coaches.
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how is it sam's fault that BC selected Bargs to be a center when Bosh was already our power forward?

how is it Bargs fault that he's a shooter and not a post player or a center?

regardless if Bargs works out to be a halfway decent player, BC deserves zero credit for being anything better than he is today. BC's pick failed us, now it's up to eveyone else to fix it.
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While you are right that Bargs is a PF and he would be redundant in a team centered in Bosh, BC and the rest had the idea that they were getting a player that could become a really good Center. The trully believed that and Bargs has the tool to be one, it was risky but they still did it. It took balls to do it and I admire that.

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I like how people make it sound like Bargnani was a "surprise pick" at #1. There were 4-5 guys that coulda went first, it depended upon what each team thought each guy could do for thier franchise.
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