The Emancipation Of Bargnani
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 !