David West: Bosh and Bargnani Have been ‘Rattling Close to Unattainable to Guard’
Whereas the Toronto Raptors landed the No. 1 decide within the 2006 NBA Draft, their fortunes by no means did find yourself translating on to success within the win column. In accordance with former NBA All-Star David West, that will not have been solely their fault.
“The explanation why that sh** didn’t work is as a result of the NBA allow us to beat them up,” West instructed Spencer Davies of Basketball Information and different friends on an NBA Finals watch get together dwell steam.
Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani proper now, they’d blow this NBA out of the water. They have been rattling close to unattainable to protect. I’m severe.
Bosh and Bargnani shared a frontcourt for 4 years, from Bargnani’s choice as the highest decide in 2006 to Bosh’s resolution to depart the Raps for the sunny confines of South Seashore in 2010. Throughout that span, West was starring for an upstart New Orleans Hornets workforce, incomes All-Star berths in 2008 and 2009.
Bargnani and Bosh have been each stretch bigs at a time when bigs have been nonetheless largely anticipated to bang within the paint. Per West, the league’s guidelines on the time didn’t precisely reward their unconventional strategy to the sport.
“The one purpose Bargnani didn’t have a [successful] profession was as a result of the referees let individuals like me beat him up,” West added. “In immediately’s recreation, he can be killing as a result of he can be protected.“
Throughout his seven-year run with the Raptors, Bargnani averaged 15.2 factors per recreation whereas taking pictures .361 from past the arc. He put up 4.1 three-pointers per recreation in two completely different seasons, a mark that appears modest by immediately’s commonplace however was ok to place him among the many league leaders at his place on the time.
Bargnani’s middling tenure with the Raptors ended when he was shipped to the New York Knicks in 2013 and the Raps have made the postseason yearly since.
Bosh would go on to a well-deserved adorned closing chapter with the Miami Warmth however Bargnani’s star quickly pale altogether. He lives on within the hearts of Canadians from coast to coast each time they see a Primo’s Pasta industrial.
Would Bargnani’s legacy be completely different if he have been enjoying immediately versus 15 years in the past? Would he be celebrated as a younger promising unicorn in the identical manner that Jaren Jackson Jr. is? Not less than offensively?
It’s exhausting to say.
What isn’t exhausting to do is respect West for giving like to a former peer at a time when retired vets extra regularly make headlines speaking about how a lot better they’d have fared on a private stage if it wasn’t for that dastardly hand checking.