amir is more intense, but, ed is probably a better defender and more potential as a starter.
On a second note, I dont think it's a lack of talent as much as inexperience on both sides and guys not stepping up. Jose is getting a bunch of dimes and bargnani points. nobody is really getting that many boards, and everybody else has been shit besides those two.
I agree, I think it's time to give Ed some more floor time. If Bargs is ready to play, I think you have to play him. If it looks like he may be in risk of another injury I think we have to be cautious with it and sit him. At this point this season is a wash. Next season is the one you have to focus on. For us to be successful next year we need Bargnani at full strength and over the calf problems.
Amir has looked like someone stole his puppy.
ED has shown more and more his potential is a backup off the bench who might provide a spark every 3rd game.
The talk has been one of them has to go, but now I would hardly be upset with both leaving.
There needs to be consistency to be good.
FWIW, if I had to only keep one though, it would be Amir.
I'm sticking with Ed. He's quicker and imo has more potential. Also his jumper looks ugly but it'll improve, Amir's jumpshot not only looks ugly but it takes 10 seconds to release like he constipated when he's shooting.
It doesn't help matters that he never actually catches the ball in the shooter's position ready to launch. He shoots only if all other options are exhausted. That makes the shot seem even slower.
i migh watch the final three or so. who do they have in the final five?
ed is in a sophomore slump, i dont care much for amir's game, I mean exciting yes, easy to find yes, ship him out, i couldn't care less if they both went.
package them together and get another top ten pick or top 15 and a piece.
No doubt to each their own opinion but they are difficult to take at face value when you've admittedly barely watched a game all season.
I've formed an opinion after absorbingmany views of sports writers, casters, highlights, and this forum.
plus, I enjoy arguing.
“As a coach, everyone in the team likes him (________________), unlike __________, and he earned the respect of all the players right from Day 1,” Bargnani said. “That’s why we asked [Raptors president Bryan Colangelo] to confirm him. And he agreed, because he’s the right man to start over with.”
“Something changed in my head last summer, but not having a lot of minutes on court, I didn’t get the chance to show it.”
I don't think the context it is being used in is fair though.
Ask just about every player on a team after a coach is fired what he thinks. The old coach was fired for a reason. In this case, Mitchell was not only hard on Bargnani (fwiw, I have no problem with that) but there were a lot of questions surrounding his leadership and x's and o's. Mitchell had his first coaching job in Toronto and since then was the lead assistant in NJ last year for one year only and..... well that is it. Why isn't he coaching again - even at an assistant level?
Triano at that time might have been the right man for the job. The relationship between coach and team was strained with Mitchell. Triano was well liked. That might have been needed at that time, but regardless of what was needed, it was what Bargnani knew at that time. One thing I respect with Bargnani is he gives straight answers.
As for Bargnani with Casey, I don't feel it is out of place to say Casey is what Toronto needed at this time. Bargnani's play this year backs up his claims. No he isn't rebounding but his OppPER is just 13.5. Bargnani is actually playing defense this year and the times he has not, Casey has shown him the bench. Luckily Bargnani has responded at such times.
It is tough for me to be objective as I am a fan of Bargnani and I hope nothing but success for him in Toronto. He is unorthodox in his style of play but I think he can be part of a winner in Toronto. Maybe I need to remove the rose coloured glasses but that is my opinion.
One thing to remember is Bargnani talks about his love for playing for Ettore Messina. Being challenged by a coach is not an issue for Bargnani. Being challenged by a coach he respects is another issue. I don't think he respected Mitchell therefore his challenges were for not. I don't think Triano challenged him therefore his game didn't improve in areas it needed to. I think he respects Casey and is up to the challenges he places before him.
Again all my opinion and I realize I am not the most objective poster when it comes to Bargnani. On the flip side, I don't think many other posters are objective to Bargnani either - but in the other extreme.
To add to Matt's point, Mitchell absolutely adored Bosh. Even hearing him now as an "insider" on The Fan 590, Mitchell still talks up Bosh every chance he gets. Perhaps there was some favourtism going on at Bargnani's expense.
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