Toronto Raptors’ Andrea Bargnani: It’s Amore at the ACC

December 30th, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
An unusual thing happened during the recent Raptors home game against the Detroit Pistons.  Raptors TV analyst Leo Rautins sent some “love” and support out to the Raptors former number one pick, Andrea Bargnani.

A Raptors TV analyst showing some support for a Raptors player during a broadcast shouldn’t be all that unusual.  At least that’s what one might think.

But the Raptors TV crew doesn’t often have the usual “homer-isms” that are common place around the NBA.  At least since Chuck took his act back to Chicago (and he is missed at times)!

No, as often as not, Raptors analysts have been willing to throw Andrea under the bus for picking up bad fouls, not getting enough rebounds, and playing bad defense.  Even when, in this writer’s opinion, the complaints were baseless.

As this season has progressed, there have been subtle changes in the comments coming from the broadcast booth.  Missed calls by the referees are being noted more often.  The “I don’t think that was a foul” comments have been more forth-coming.

And a little homer ...

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