Raptors Republic: Bargnani on Messina, Italy & Being a Soldier
Old 09-17-2009, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Raptors Republic: Bargnani on Messina, Italy & Being a Soldier

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Andrea Bargnani spoke with Italian channel Sky Sport 24 a day or so ago. The interview was translated by caustic. Thanks, cheque’s in the mail.

“This year the National Team group outside the court was really extraordinary, believe it or not, it was very united and very well integrated”.

“On the court: everybody has seen the games, and those who know basketball have easily seen that there are very critical problems. When a team doesn’t have a line (strategy) to execute, it is really easy to become sloppy, as we say, and to lose cohesiveness in front of troubles. That’s what happened to us, we’ve never been on the same wavelength on the court.

“From a certain point of view, I have to get better, because I grew up with Ettore Messina, so I’ve always been used to do what the coach told me, to operate as a machine, it is not like I was afraid of something, to decide or anything, it was only that I did what he told me to do, like a soldier. I’m not the kind of player who goes to a team-mate and shouts at him ‘pass me the ball’, or ‘I have to take more shots’. Over there (in the NBA) I do that a little more, over here I don’t know why I don’t do it, so this is definitely a facet that I have to improve: if I don’t have someone behind me, such as a coach, who has a strong presence, then I’m certainly a little lost. Is the answer clear, or not?”
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:42 AM   #2 (permalink)

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Interesting insight into his psychological make up. Espescially in regards to having a strong coach.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You think Bargs would of got a clue watching Belli throw up a shot every time he caught a glimpse of the rim.
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that's a good sign, it's very easy to learn to ask for shots, almost impossible to do the reverse.
if he wants to be a star or better, he must learn to assert himself, the fact that he doesn't could be a sign that his confidence is still not as high as it should be. If he has a great season this year, it might finally convince Bargnani that he is a star and should behave like one.
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It is nice that he doesn't waste effort trying to make his mark for the sake of making his mark. Being a little lost is something that experience alone should help with.

It's funny that it effects him differently with Italy. I've always gotten the sense that he places more emphasis on NBA games than international games. This just sounds like excuses to help explain that. As long as he doesn't make excuses like that over here, then it's fine by me.
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I like the guy.

He's a straight shooter.
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