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Raptors need Bargnani to fill leadership role

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08:13 AM ET 10.05 | Andrea Bargnani is expected to carry a heavier load in Toronto -- whether he's prepared is a matter of conjecture. Bargnani will always be dependent on his perimeter game, which forces opposing bigs to extend their defense. He'll spread the floor and when he's able to take defenders off the dribble, Bargnani becomes a very lethal weapon. Bargnani is trying to incorporate more of a post presence into his game; he wants to be able to play with his back to the basket. For the Raptors to be relevant this season, Bargnani has to play like he's the team's best player because no player on the roster has his unique skill set and no player is going to draw double teams.

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October 5, 2010  08:31 AM ET

Bargnani is clearly a #1 star on a team...right.

October 5, 2010  08:38 AM ET

Think about the headline of this article and ponder how much trouble the raptors are in this year

October 5, 2010  08:41 AM ET

Yikes

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October 5, 2010  08:53 AM ET

Once step closer to ...Let's hear is for the Las Vegas Bookie-Sharks(applause)

October 5, 2010  09:14 AM ET

He had a great year last year so we will see if he gets any better this year. I am still not convinced he is worthy of a number 1 draft pick.

October 5, 2010  09:19 AM ET

Are you better than Bosh, Bro?

October 5, 2010  09:29 AM ET

Next years headline..."Raptors lottery pick _____________, expected to fill leadership role."

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October 5, 2010  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

He'll do fine, he's better than you think.... he plays better D for Bosh that's for sure, but his rebounding sucks. I expect a big year from him this year and the Raptors to surprise alot of teams this year and get the 8th seed in the East

Are you paid by the Raptors to do their play by play?

October 5, 2010  10:53 AM ET

This just shows how bad this team really is. If they're looking to Bargnani for leadership, something is wrong.

October 5, 2010  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

He'll do fine, he's better than you think.... he plays better D for Bosh that's for sure, but his rebounding sucks. I expect a big year from him this year and the Raptors to surprise alot of teams this year and get the 8th seed in the East

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Man I was having kind of a bad morning till this... Thanks Swauny

October 5, 2010  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Not with that haircut........

That should be his picture for his Upper Deck Trading card this year

October 5, 2010  11:23 AM ET

With a face only a mother can love - can he lead if he barely speaks english?

October 5, 2010  11:50 AM ET

Wasn't he suuposed to become the next Dirk?

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October 5, 2010  11:52 AM ET

the raptors are in trouble if this is the guy that is leading them

 
October 5, 2010  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

With a face only a mother can love - can he lead if he barely speaks english?

Ignorant and close minded comment. His skill will not be dictated by language, and he can "speak English fairly well"

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