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Andrea Bargnani might be back this weekend. Maybe not. But could be. Theoretically.

Mar 10, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City Reuters

Funny cycle.

Team is stingy and non-committal with information regarding updates on player’s return from injury. Fans get anxious, rail on writer for not providing updates on player they are interested in regarding return from injury. Writer responds by asking team about player’s return from injury. Team is stingy and non-committal with information regarding updates on player’s return from injury. Fans and team both rail on writers for trying to rush back player or not understanding complexity of the situation. Boo-hoo. But it’s still kind of funny.

Dwane Casey isn’t railing on anyone but he is being stingy and non-committal when it comes to information regarding Andrea Bargnani‘s potential return from his calf injury this weekend. From the Toronto Star:

The Raptors beat Houston on Wednesday and might get Bargnani back for Saturday’s tilt against Detroit.Or maybe not. Head coach Dwane Casey was noncommittal whether the big man would return on Saturday, Sunday at home against Milwaukee, or “it might even be Tuesday of next week in Cleveland,” Casey said.“I’m not going to put a day on it. He did everything in practice for the second day in a row on Friday, so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

via Raptors coy about Bargnanis return | Basketball | Sports | Toronto Sun.

You can’t blame Casey here, at all. There’s just no reason to rush him back and see him go down immediately like last time. The Raptors aren’t playing for anything, are going to wind up with a great draft pick to add to a surprisingly good team that’s going to have cap space and adding Jonas Valanciunas, and need Bargnani long-term. That may be the most stunning realization this season of all for the Raptors. His long-term contract is a blessing, not a hindrance. Casey has transformed him at least partially into the players the Raptors and their fans want him to be. Casey’s team is ready to compete every night, has some young talent, and has come a long way. The wins and losses are irrelevant, and as such so is Bargnani’s return date. They’ll get him back, ease him back in, and be set to make a jump next year.

Just don’t get irritated when there’s no news or news about no news. That’s the story. The story is a maybe. It writes itself.


  1. adamthompson24 - Mar 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    His return is irrelevant…his fantasy owners beg to differ

    • jjordannba - Mar 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      I’ve been waiting for his return. Time to dominate

  2. pbanach01 - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Would love to get an update at least an hour before tipoff.

  3. hawknuts - Mar 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    that draft pick is important.

    keep him on the shelf for another week or so to make sure he is healthy and we have a chance to showcase Ed Davis, Amir and whoever else in the front court to other teams if they are not in the long term plans once Jonas comes over next season.

    With Bargs at the 4 and Jonas at the 5 we need a couple of competent backups/rotation front court players but we can afford to send one off in a package with bayless or leandro at the deadline for picks,players or some kind of combination.

    the real story is if Jose gets dealt at the deadline or if Casey forces colangelo to keep him as he is his field general and is buying into what Casey is selling 100%.

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