Friday, June 30

The Emancipation Of Bargnani

The Italian is ! The Italian is here ! Andrea Bargnani arrived a day before the draft and was met with press people so many he felt like he is a soccer star back in Italy rather than in New York where the NBA draft was held. As expected , the half breed Italian , Brian Colangelo , chose him as the no.1 pick in this year's draft , the 1st European to hold that honor. ' Bargnani is the right choice for the marketplace ' said Colangelo . Indeed . Colangelo expects to sell a lot of season tickets to the large Italian community in TO .
I know the Raptors management tried that marketing ploy before by tapping the equally large Chinese community by getting the man mountain Chinese center Menk Bateer . Unfortunately , Bateer in no Yao so after a season of having a Peking Duck , the coaches cut the ' sitting duck '.
So Bargnani should keep that in mind.

I'm a little bothered by what I saw in the press con introducing Andrea Bargnani to Toronto yesterday. He seems like too much in awe of the 2 Italians - one to his left and the other to his right of the table. Bargnani was sometimes like a ' deer caught in a headlight ' . The camera caught him looking at Colangelo in a prolonged manner while the GM was speaking. Make that staring . Same thing , Bargnani looked at, make that stared at his former Treviso boss now Raptors Ass't GM Maurizio Gherardini.( right photo ) . ' He will not be another Tsykavili ' assured Gherardini. ' What Gherardini said was that unlike T , Bargnani benefited from 3 years of pro life . Bargnani is more seasoned than the former Treviso player who was drafted by Denver more for the potential after a short stint with the same Italian team. In other words , the Raptor experience will see ' the emancipation of Nani ' . That better be right .
Otherwise , we Raptors fans will see ' the constipation of Colangelo '.

I need Mariah now !


Blogger NIKEY said...

colangelo took a big gsmble w/ andrea. let's wait for the result.

4:13 PM  
Blogger film critic said...

Colangelo is doing a great job. A great Italian job. Let's wait for Bargnani to show his wares before we judged him .

4:26 PM  
Anonymous cb4 said...

B.C. must pray that he is right with Andrea. A lot are expected of them -Bryan, Bargnani and Mauricio.

5:25 PM  
Blogger john said...

I'm not too sure abt. BC's choice but the other moves he made were fantastic . He is definite the best GM the Raptors ever had .

5:38 PM  
Blogger el greco said...

Have faith in B.C.. I predict that Barganani will be a hit !

6:15 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I'm just saying HI!! Soooo Hi!! ;)

11:37 PM  
Anonymous raptor4ever said...

I don't like this move by B.C. .Bargnani is a poor rebounder in the Italian league what more`in the tougher NBA .He's no Nowitzki in offense and no Gasol in rebound. He's but an Italian picked by a half Italian to please`the Italian community

7:04 PM  

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