TORONTO - Andrea Bargnani doesn’t want to talk about it, but the big man is in great shape as the season finally approaches.
Quietly, Bargnani, who has been knocked in the past for not always being the first player to arrive in the gym and the last to leave, has been in Toronto for the past few weeks undergoing vigorous individual workouts.
Coming off of a season where he averaged a career-best 21.4 points per game but somehow saw his rebound rate fall and his blocks per game drop in half, it seems Bargnani knows he will have to hit the ground running with new head coach Dwane Casey.
Casey is a defensive taskmaster and the relationship between the two should be fascinating.
Bargnani has been put through the paces by former Guelph Gryphons star Kyle Julius of A Game Hoops and former NCAA Division I assistant coach Mike Mennenga.
Two A Game clients — Holland Landing’s Kevin Pangos and Pictou N.S. native Bryson Johnson — have each nailed nine threes in an NCAA game so far this season.
According to a source present or with knowledge of all of Bargnani’s workouts this month, the big man has dropped some weight and is moving extremely well.
Bargnani looked good on Monday, nailing the bulk of his shots and running well, but declined to answer questions from the Toronto Sun afterwards.
“I can’t,” he said, likely referring to an earlier directive from the NBA Players Union that players shouldn’t say much until the lockout is officially over.