Now it's all over . Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo can breath a sigh of relief. Or can he really ? What did the Eurobasket participation of several Raptors proved anyway ? To their native cou
ntries , it meant these guys are 'nationalistic'. To Raptors executives , it meant 2 things . Unnecessary risks and 'complications' really . Let me explain as only a non homer could . Colangelo said participation in such an event is good and can't be avoided. ' If they were not playing basketball or working on their game , what would they be doing ?'
They could be resting and making themselves healthy for the sake of the fans that pay good money to see them play .How's that . Now Garbajosa is scheduled to undergo a series of surgery. Granted that Garbo is slated to do this anyway , don't you think it is wise to
rest his injured leg rather than subject these to wear and tear. Let's make that wear and tears
to Raptors fans .Talking about rest , RestYo Nestorovich , I mean , the 31 year old Rasho N. should have just rested himself this summer to rejuvenate his aging body instead of playing his hearts out. For what . Nada. It's different when say an aged Jason Kidd chose to participate in Team USA. Kidd hardly played more than 15 minutes on a team full of superstars. Slovenia , Rasho's country , is full of slow
ballers like him finishing 7th in the tournament .
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my other worry. Jose Calderon's excellent play in the recently concluded EuroBasket will present a dilemna for coach Sam Mitchell. Is Jose a starting point guard or a back up ? Will TJ Ford accept a back up role assuming Sam makes Jose his premiere PG ? I know that the 24-24 mins. sharing won't be acceptable anymore . I know that Jose will shout for more minutes now.
The only thing I could say the EuroBasket revealed was that Andrea BargNanny needs further nurturing. He was a big dissapointment in this tournament. Something to do with his aching back .
However , Asst. GM Mauricio Gheradini said its because BargNanny found it too much to carry the Italian team on his back
.No wonder Bargnani's back is aching.What does it mean to the Raptors fans ? The guy is not yet ready to be a leader or co share the t
eam leadership with Chris Bosh this coming season . He's still a baby , babee .Andrea : one bottle of milk please .