Smith: Bargnani Will Play For Italy This Summer
Old 04-01-2009, 08:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Speaking of the summer, which can’t come soon enough, Andrea Bargnani told me yesterday he’s definitely going to play for Italy.

And it could be busy.

The Italians have to play in an additional qualification round this summer – against the likes of France and Israel – just to make it to Eurobasket 2009 in September so there’s a chance the majority of Bargnani’s off-season will be taken up with national team obligations.

You all right with that?

Of course, Italy could bow out in the first qualifier and he’d have all of September off but that might not be the case.
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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He needs the PT.
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We're going to go through this shit every summer and every season there will be nagging injuries because the players are wearing themselves out.
The club should just step up and say no, too bad for you, your commitment is to us.
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I don't really mind. Maybe he will go through what Calderon went through. A whole make-over throughout the summer and come back a new man and will play really good. I mean better
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This is good for his confidence. Im glad he goes. It sucks when a player gets injured but the NBA should learn from soccer on how to deal with this. Thats the price of the game becoming so international and I dont hear Stern complain about all the money he is making outside the US.
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This sucks, I was hoping he would attend a couple more camps and work with Gord Herbert again.
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I see a nagging injury for Bargnani going into training camp next fall. Therefore a slow start and the Jackals calling for him to be traded by Christmas. What is it with Euro players wanting to play 11 months out of the year?
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Maybe his countrymen will show him some respect and pass him the ball this time.
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We're going to go through this shit every summer and every season there will be nagging injuries because the players are wearing themselves out.
The club should just step up and say no, too bad for you, your commitment is to us.
The NBA in general should just say no. They should make a rule, if you sign with an NBA team, no playing in Europe in the summer. If you do and you get hurt your salary for the next season gets cut in half.
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I see a nagging injury for Bargnani going into training camp next fall. Therefore a slow start and the Jackals calling for him to be traded by Christmas. What is it with Euro players wanting to play 11 months out of the year?
Actually, we all complain about guys not working hard on their game during the summer, so what's the difference if he trains on his own or with the National Team?
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NBA players playing for their national team's is good for the game, the globalization of the game is a good thing. I don't think anybody here can say they don't enjoy watching international tournaments.
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Actually, we all complain about guys not working hard on their game during the summer, so what's the difference if he trains on his own or with the National Team?
Look what happened to Garbo. Not to mentioned look at Calderon this past year, he got injured in the Olympics and just recently have we seen the Calderon we saw in the past two seasons.

We need our players fresh for the beginning of the season not already tired from a summer of Euroleague ball. There is a big difference from training, strengthening and working on weaker aspects of your game and playing a summer season of ball with a new team.
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Actually, we all complain about guys not working hard on their game during the summer, so what's the difference if he trains on his own or with the National Team?
Big difference. In Europe he'll be praticing,training, playing games. If he's training on his own it's at his own pace and he's working on specific parts of his game. I don't know, for me it just seems like alot of games to play over an 18 month span (Oct 08- june 2010). At least he's young.
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Look what happened to Garbo. Not to mentioned look at Calderon this past year, he got injured in the Olympics and just recently have we seen the Calderon we saw in the past two seasons.

We need our players fresh for the beginning of the season not already tired from a summer of Euroleague ball. There is a big difference from training, strengthening and working on weaker aspects of your game and playing a summer season of ball with a new team.
I looked and Garbo was already hurt when he decided to play.

Also, players can just as easily get hurt on their own.

Wade, James, Kobe and Paul all look pretty good this year and they played all summer.
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Look what happened to Garbo. Not to mentioned look at Calderon this past year, he got injured in the Olympics and just recently have we seen the Calderon we saw in the past two seasons.

We need our players fresh for the beginning of the season not already tired from a summer of Euroleague ball. There is a big difference from training, strengthening and working on weaker aspects of your game and playing a summer season of ball with a new team.
+1

These players, especially players of his caliber make alot of money in the NBA and he needs to be fresh,healthy going into every season. Injuries can happen anywhere, but the more you play the more chances there are of getting hurt.

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I looked and Garbo was already hurt when he decided to play.
That makes it better??

That's a perfect example of Euro players and how they seem to have to play for there country every summer at what ever cost. It's a good thing to want to play for your country/national team but it gets rediculous. Why not just play in the Olympics every 4 years and that's it?
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Why do we not question hockey players in this country as well, when it comes to the World Championship etc.?

But when it comes to basketball, we all get up in arms about it.

There's a risk of injury associated with everything. Hell, you can get injured in golf as well, but we don't tell them not to do that as well.

It's an ingrained aspect in culture that, regardless of the situation, it is your duty to support and play for your country. To simply tell them, no, is insulting. I just find it funny, that we're holding a nice double standard. If they get injured, well, so be it. But then let's be fair as well, as Team USA also hold practices as a squad in the offseason(s). So let's tell Chris to stay at home as well.

As fans we're selfish, not fault in that, but I'd love to see how we'd react if someone told us, no, you can't play for your country because you now are my property. That's ridiculous.
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Why do we not question hockey players in this country as well, when it comes to the World Championship etc.?

But when it comes to basketball, we all get up in arms about it.

There's a risk of injury associated with everything. Hell, you can get injured in golf as well, but we don't tell them not to do that as well.

It's an ingrained aspect in culture that, regardless of the situation, it is your duty to support and play for your country. To simply tell them, no, is insulting. I just find it funny, that we're holding a nice double standard. If they get injured, well, so be it. But then let's be fair as well, as Team USA also hold practices as a squad in the offseason(s). So let's tell Chris to stay at home as well.

As fans we're selfish, not fault in that, but I'd love to see how we'd react if someone told us, no, you can't play for your country because you now are my property. That's ridiculous.
+ a zillion

Im not patriotic at all, but playing for your national team is something really special, only people that dont know what it means would deny him that experience.

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