NBA.com: Toronto's Bargnani still searching for a little consistency
Old 03-22-2010, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The fifth month of the fourth season, and still no conclusion. Except that Andrea Bargnani is lazy.

That comes from someone extremely close to him. The part about being inconsistent and passive, about one moment lending encouragement to the Raptors' postseason hopes and the next becoming a face of the fade -- and, yes, the part about wearing the status as No. 1 pick like an anvil necklace -- that's from everyone else.

The Raptors are mud wrestling with the Bulls to see who plays less bad and makes the Eastern Conference playoffs. Franchise cornerstone Chris Bosh, weighing whether to leave as a free agent, will probably take the collective pulse of the roster into consideration. All of this is happening while Bargnani is eight months into an extension reportedly worth $50 million over five years. This might be a good time for Bargnani to develop some career stability. Or some 2009-10 stability.

This was to have been the season of finally grasping his potential. It isn't. He is shooting better than ever, scoring more than ever, rebounding in a way that gives coaches more encouragement than ever that he can be a presence on the boards. And yet Bargnani is going backward when the Raptors need him most. Maddening -- that's the other thing he is more than ever.

Coach Jay Triano just told Toronto reporters that the Raps need Bargnani to focus more. Uh-oh. When a sprained ankle cost Bosh six games in late February and early March, Bargnani was more active and appeared more confident. It made the season feel like a breakout. Not a starring season, but at least one on a definite upswing. That's something after three seasons of never averaging more than 15.4 points or 5.3 rebounds or topping 45 percent as a skilled 7-footer with a major investment behind him. The 24-year-old Italian was at 18.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 46.5 percent in January and 19 points, 5.8 rebounds and 49.3 percent in February.

"I just think he's added to his game a little bit all the time," Triano said in praising the improvements. "He's always had the ability to shoot from the perimeter. He's worked on being able to put it on the floor and pull up. At times he can take it right to the basket. When teams have switched on to him, he's been able to punish smaller guys by taking the ball inside because he's worked on his post moves a little bit."

Then, March. The first 10 games have been 13.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 45.9 percent.

Uh-oh is right.
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one thing i love about andrea is his honesty. if he's admitting to being lazy, that's the first step in sorting his shit out. the next step is for the coaching staff to scream "stop being so fucking lazy!" every time he does a disappearing act or slacks off on a rebounding attempt. the next step is for the players to do the same thing, until people are so far on his back that he realizes that every possession counts.

then and only then will andrea take the final step to actually work hard for every minute he is out there.
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one thing i love about andrea is his honesty. if he's admitting to being lazy, that's the first step in sorting his shit out. the next step is for the coaching staff to scream "stop being so fucking lazy!" every time he does a disappearing act or slacks off on a rebounding attempt. the next step is for the players to do the same thing, until people are so far on his back that he realizes that every possession counts.

then and only then will andrea take the final step to actually work hard for every minute he is out there.
He admitted to being lazy?
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read the article dude. jeez...
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Bargnani is asked how he gets beat on the boards.

"Being lazy maybe," he says. "That's the only reason it can be. I've got the body, I've got everything to take 10 rebounds a game. It's just sometimes I get lazy."

He needs to fix that, obviously. He needs to play with more focus.

"Yeah," Bargnani agrees. "More focus. You said it. More focus and don't get lazy."

The rest of the Raptors season, and maybe longer, depends on it.
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if it's laziness play him less minutes. laziness is due to complacency, but also increases with fatigue probably. If he sits and watches Amir beasting on the boards in HIS minutes, he should become less complacent, more hungry as well as more rested when he is in.
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Cool. I was too lazy to read the whole arcticle other then what was posted.

Thanks.
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Old 03-22-2010, 02:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow. He actaully admitted to that??

If I were Jay I'd be taking his starter's job away from him and giving it to Amir.

No excuse for that garbage.
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this guy should be yanked when he looks lazy, and thats quite a bit. Where is SM when you need him....lol


oh and sam mitchell..... cause he is still not a coach, but at least he knew when to yank people
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this guy should be yanked when he looks lazy, and thats quite a bit. Where is SM when you need him....lol


oh and sam mitchell..... cause he is still not a coach, but at least he knew when to yank people
Yep. And he was emotional and a good motivator. Plain and simple, SM>>>>>JT
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at least he knows what he is doing wrong, and try to fix it, honestly I think it comes down to his conditioning

but to blame the the first half in the nets game on Bargs laziness is going to far,

he left the game when it was 17-13, didn't play in the 2nd quarter, only for a minute,

and guess what our defense wasn't great again, there was no stoping anyone going on, people were still driving past the guards on the regular, if it happened just a little bit less, like two or three less a game this would make a huge difference

I just don't know how Bargs gets the blame everytime our defense goes wrong, where are the guards, and the forwards on this,

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Just throwin this out there ... but is it possible that Andrea and Turk are tanking purposely? As in sick and tired of not getting set plays for them - tanking.
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Just throwin this out there ... but is it possible that Andrea and Turk are tanking purposely? As in sick and tired of not getting set plays for them - tanking.
I wouldn't blame them for it... People need to embrace talent rather than try and criticisize what they can't do....
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Well, the first step to fixing a problem is recognizing it.
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this guy should be yanked when he looks lazy, and thats quite a bit. Where is SM when you need him....lol


oh and sam mitchell..... cause he is still not a coach, but at least he knew when to yank people
Bargnani has made major strides under Triano.. If Smitch was still around, Andrea's and P.O.B's roles would probably be reversed.
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Oh yeah, i love it. We used our Number One Pick for a lazy player....
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Bargnani has made major strides under Triano.. If Smitch was still around, Andrea's and P.O.B's roles would probably be reversed.
I agree with this,

he would be a bust, Bargs would have no value,

if Smitch had his way Bargs would probably be traded and making noise on another team which probably would have good guard play and he would even look that much better

and he one of the guys that actually earns his contract
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