Bargnani's goal: Better defence

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:24 AM ET

Andrea Bargnani has his off-season orders.

Hes just not sure exactly how to go about following them.

Jay Triano wants his 7-foot centre to work on his team defence. His man-to-man or on-the-ball defence was actually quite good this year, according to Triano. Its the team defence, or off-the-ball defence that Bargnani struggles with.

This year we sent him home telling him to become a better defensive player, Triano said. Hes good on the ball. We switched a lot of things late in the year because we thought our bigs could sometimes keep perimeter guys in front of them better than our perimeter guys did ... He doesnt understand the concept of team defence and getting over on the weak side and helping. Thats the one thing we want him to do. We also want him to become a better rebounder.

Bargnani has gone home and come back having made an improvement each year, but hes a little stumped with working on team defence.

Thats tough because its not something you can work on individually, he said. I think I can watch video, gain experience. Maybe try to use the national team games, if Im going to play them to try to learn something. I think thats the most difficult part to learn because its something you cant work on, like: Im going to work on this for the next week. You cant because you dont have the other nine guys.


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