On Friday night in Beantown during the Raptors TV pregame show, Raptors TV analyst and color commentator Jack Armstrong asks Andrea Bargnani what can only be described as a telling question.
Jack asks, “Andrea, What are you going to do to help Chris Bosh?”
Jack Armstrong is a Raptors employee. He never, ever says anything that could possibility get himself into trouble. It would not be unfair to ascribe Armstrong as a Raptors spokesperson. So just what is Jack saying to Andrea?
Andrea is now responsible for making sure CB4 gets his stats? Is Andrea responsible for the fact Bosh can’t cover anybody in the post? Andrea is supposed to be helping Chris Bosh get that cap killing $130 million contract this summer?
Just what is Jack really asking Andrea Bargnani?
No Raptors media personnel would ever ask Chris Bosh, “How are you going to help Andrea get his game off tonight?” He never has helped anyone with their game!
Since Andrea Bargnani joined the Raptors as the first overall pick of the 2006 draft, the question has been asked, “How will Bargnani and Bosh work together?” And for the most part, the Raptors’ analysts have taken the positive spin at every turn.
When Sam Mitchell wasn’t playing Bargnani in his rookie season, the word came down from Bryan Colangelo that his rookie was going to get minutes and it happened.
Last season, with the team at 8-9 and Bargnani not getting any love from Mitchell, Mitchell got fired. Jay Triano immediately started featuring Bargnani again.
This season, Bargnani started out with plays being run for him, lots of minutes, and lots of points! As the season has progressed, the minutes have declined and almost zero plays are being run for him.
In the last two road games, Jay Triano benched Bargnani from the half way point of the third quarter of close games and sat him while the opposition rolled up a huge leads to blow-out the Raptors.
With less minutes and fewer shots, Bargnani’s stats have been plummeting.
Now for the first time we are beginning to see a change in direction.
And somehow the Raptors have created a perception that these losses were Bargnani’s fault. Now who is zooming who?
Bosh is supposed to be this team’s leader! And there does seem to be “chemistry” issues between Bosh and Bargnani.
Chemistry issues that appear to revolve around Bosh never kicking the ball out of double teams to Bargnani. Chemistry issues that look to be the creation of someone trying to create statistics to justify a $130 million deal this summer.
Bryan Colangelo has stated on numerous occasions that he intends to re-sign his all-star to a max deal this summer or assist Bosh with a sign and trade deal. The NBA CBA forces players to make deals with their current teams when they are free agents or leave tens of millions of dollars on the table.
If Chris Bosh is staying and Bargnani is no longer going to be a featured player on the Raptors, something is in the works.
Bryan Colangelo cannot afford to waste another season without some serious repercussions from fans and management.
Lots of NBA teams would covet a high scoring center with Dirk type potential. The low scoring Chicago Bulls being an obvious and desperate candidate. And they have talent that could help the Raptors.
Thomas and Noah for Bargnani could address both teams issues. But Chicago would be the huge winner in this deal.
And, Bryan Colangelo would be making a huge mistake. Andrea Bargnani is under a five-year contract for a reasonable amount. There will be no offensive players available for Bargnani type money to replace him.
Moving Bargnani to try and hold onto a cap killing player like Bosh is a financial risk that could set back the Raptors for years.
Don’t trade Bargnani, find a Coach who can make this work instead!