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jeffb 02-03-2012 11:46 PM

Secret to Bargnani's success
 
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Sprawled across an oversize couch in a rumpus room tucked behind the Raptors’ ACC training facility, Andrea Bargnani is doing something weird.

He’s laughing.

On the court, in front of cameras and anywhere there’s a crowd, Bargnani wears an expressionless mask that his critics have spent six years trying to interpret.

The least charitable have decided he isn’t grinning or grimacing or generally clowning because he doesn’t care.

And he doesn’t care, but not in the way they mean.

When you get him in a room alone, he is an entirely different person. He is solicitous and engaging. He is more articulate in his second language because he can focus on a single conversation, rather than several scattershot ones. For someone who’s been kicked so often, he is amazingly open.

This version of Bargnani — the real one — is a lot of fun, which you’ll agree is a word not usually associated with the cornerstone of the Raptors franchise.

He knows what people say about the way he carries himself in public. There is an explanation, which is presented without the slightest hint of an excuse.

“I grew up with a really tough European coach (current Lakers assistant Ettore Messina),” Bargnani says.

Messina still figures largely in his imagination. The Italian had him at Benetton Treviso for three crucial years between the ages of 18 and 20. No mentor has had a greater impact. While his game has changed since, Bargnani’s demeanour was cemented as a teenager.

“All the stuff you can do here in college, the celebrating, that’s not allowed. If you do something like this” — and here he mimes the familiar gesture of pounding a fist to the chest — “you’re done. That’s really, really bad. So I got used to not doing it. I was very close to crying more than one time when I was young with that coach.”

Now he prefers hardcourt imperturbability, while still allowing himself the odd outburst.

“I do what I feel, not because people ask me to do this,” Bargnani says, holding his hands over his head and doing a strange chicken dance.

Do not ask Andrea Bargnani to dance. He doesn’t like that.

This is the treacherous shore to Bargnani that a series of NBA coaches have run up against and foundered — he will not do what you ask him to just because you asked. He wants to be included in the discussion.

Before Bargnani was drafted first overall, he took one of the personality tests that is administered to most hopefuls in order to reassure would-be employers they are not flakes or kooks. Shortly after that draft, GM Bryan Colangelo raved about Bargnani’s performance.

“(The testers) said, ‘Out of all the athletes we’ve profiled, we’ve never seen anything like this,’ ” Colangelo told ESPN. One of the things the profile showed was that Bargnani does not care what other people think of him.

Here is a case in point: Bargnani is the only man in the Italian diaspora who tells people he can’t stand watching soccer.

“Zero. No interest. It’s soooo boring.”


Kelly: Andrea Bargnani loosens up, reveals secrets to success - thestar.com

Chiggmo 02-03-2012 11:56 PM

I finally agree with Bargs on something, Soccer is incredibly boring!

jeffb 02-03-2012 11:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Chiggmo (Post 609300)
I finally agree with Bargs on something, Soccer is incredibly boring!

+1


I'd rather watch golf

pzabby 02-04-2012 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 609304)
+1


I'd rather watch golf

i'll be honest i don't see how this ties in with him being successful.

are they trying to say the lack of need for attention leads to him working harder than most? :confused2:

shenmui 02-04-2012 08:21 AM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 609304)
+1


I'd rather watch golf

Soccer is so much slower than basketball for sure, but come on, don't exaggerate now.

DDUnreal 02-04-2012 11:16 AM

Golf? really?

jeffb 02-04-2012 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by DDUnreal (Post 609397)
Golf? really?

yes, golf. that's how much i hate soccer.

Alex 02-04-2012 11:28 AM

Golf and soccer are both pretty terrible.

jeffb 02-04-2012 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Alex (Post 609400)
Golf and soccer are both pretty terrible.

agreed

Don Vito 02-04-2012 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 609398)
yes, golf. that's how much i hate soccer.

How can you hate golf but like baseball? I don't get it, baseball is much more boring than golf.

jeffb 02-04-2012 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Don Vito (Post 609405)
How can you hate golf but like baseball? I don't get it, baseball is much more boring than golf.

I love Baseball because i played close to 15yrs of highly competitive baseball. I grew up with baseball and still play ball every summer. When you grow up with something and have an understanding of the game itself with experience of playing it at a high level you have a tendancy of loving that sport. No different than people here growing up with Hockey or many people all over the world growing up with Soccer. I started playing ball at 5 (tee-ball) and never looked back. Growing up it was baseball all summer, hockey all winter.

Raptorman 02-04-2012 12:32 PM

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MikeToronto 02-04-2012 01:46 PM

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This is what Dwane Casey has figured out — that Bargnani wants to be coached collaboratively, not cajoled or disciplined or talked at.

Your opinion of him doesn’t matter — not to him, and not to you if your goal is to coax the best out of him. What matters is Bargnani’s opinion of you.
Read the whole article. A good one, for a change.

rockthetdot 02-04-2012 05:40 PM

Soccer iiisssss terrible.

LOG 02-04-2012 05:46 PM

A: Bargs joined the dark side so he is a bad ass now
B: He sold his soul to the devil

Carlos Danger 02-04-2012 11:11 PM

:hijacked:

box92 02-05-2012 12:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Chiggmo (Post 609300)
I finally agree with Bargs on something, Soccer is incredibly boring!

THIS

raptorsCritic 02-08-2012 07:46 PM

Maybe the reporter should sit down with demar. Would save us a lot of question marks

carp 02-08-2012 08:03 PM

It feels nice to have been patient for so long with ignorant basketball media types....

rockthetdot 02-08-2012 08:09 PM

Bargnani just had to believe in himself. Well, that and be put in the right situation, be it the change of coach or even his switch to PF.


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