Sunday, March 27, 2011
Joseph Casciaro at the increasingly sycophantic RaptorBlog makes a great suggestion ("Parting with Andrea") but writes:
As for Bargnani, those who have read any of my posts will know that I don’t think his “potential” is an issue. He has the natural talent, size and versatility to be a 25 and eight type of player, with a block per game in there too....
My opinion on Bargnani remains that if he is a power forward playing beside a true, defensive centre (like the aforementioned Chandler), then he is an NBA All Star
Sorry, the idea that Bargnani would somehow be an All Star in the right situation is ludicrous. Even ignoring his horrid on-ball defense, once his rebounding woes are factored in he struggles to keep himself above an average player (average player, not average starter) - and that's ignoring the worst part of his game, D.
Moving him to the 4, where he could show off his matadoring skills against more athletic players, would be to invite disaster.
Bargnani, for all that I'm sure he's a nice guy, is a pillow-soft Euro with some silky skills. He's the basketball equivalent of Alexandre Daigle and the Raps got stuck with him - and yet he finds defenders of his play, by the busload. Heart, determination and the willingness to work on one's game are also part and parcel of talent, and Andrea hasn't got it. I wish him well; let's please cut bait.
As for the half-hearted defence of Colangelo, yuck.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
An exploration of the truly dire today by Paul Hayward at the Guardian/Observer.
He starts off with this thumbsucker to end all thumbsuckers:
Then goes on to suck a little harder...
Just when you think he can't possibly suck any harder, he decides to switch tactics, and blow as loud and wet as he can:
Indeed! "Let me tell you about my rock-ribbed principles, then watch me throw them to the winds as soon as Manchester United and Arsenal are the ones under the slightest threat!"
Craven displays of submission before power (or even fashion) are not rare in sports journalism. I understand this. But it's rare to see someone whine so hard on both sides of an issue as Hayward has done here. Remarkable.
Posted by Tybalt at 9:28 PM
Labels: cowardice, football, journalism, three things that go together like God country and hot dogs