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  Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Angelo Gigli a small forward?
By Luis Fernández

After href=/profile//> watching href=/profile//> Angelo href=/profile//> Gigli’s href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Sic href=/profile//> Jessi, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> can’t href=/profile//> avoid href=/profile//> remembering href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> statement href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> McNealy, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Golden href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> Warriors- href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Il href=/profile//> Resto href=/profile//> del href=/profile//> Carlino href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> player: href=/profile//> “Under href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> view href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pure href=/profile//> three, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> never href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> backing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket.”

Why href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pure href=/profile//> three? href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> don’t href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> Just href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> faces href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> doesn’t href=/profile//> mean href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pure href=/profile//> three. href=/profile//> Gigli href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> size, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> moves href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> become href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> there. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hair href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> feet href=/profile//> tall href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> hasn't href=/profile//> reached href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> already. href=/profile//> Meanwhile, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> handles href=/profile//> aren’t href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> good, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> suffer href=/profile//> defending href=/profile//> ultra href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> smaller href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> forwards href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> characteristics href=/profile//> necessary href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> four, href=/profile//> except href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bulk href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> age href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> lacking, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> spends href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> hanging href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> three-point href=/profile//> line.

I href=/profile//> simply href=/profile//> don’t href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> obsession href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> moving href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> footer href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> seen href=/profile//> Kosta href=/profile//> Perovic href=/profile//> ranked href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> 7-2 href=/profile//> tall href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> barely href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> center. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> read href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> times href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> 7-2 href=/profile//> prospect, href=/profile//> Martynas href=/profile//> Andriuskevicius, href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> sometimes href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> some!) href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> jumper, href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> (at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> moment) href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fight href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> forgetting href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he’s href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> old. href=/profile//> Who href=/profile//> hasn’t href=/profile//> heard href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> Tiago href=/profile//> Splitter href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> forward? href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> mention href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 7-1 href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> supposed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> Magic href=/profile//> Johnson href=/profile//> according href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> hype href=/profile//> machine. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> won't href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> talking href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> Yi href=/profile//> Jianlian, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> here’s href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fair href=/profile//> warning. href=/profile//> Do href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> names href=/profile//> Maciej href=/profile//> Lampe href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Nikoloz href=/profile//> Tskitishvili href=/profile//> ring href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bell href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> anyone?

It href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> Euro href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Dirk href=/profile//> Nowitzki. href=/profile//> Indeed, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> German href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Italy href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> comparing href=/profile//> Gigli href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> players. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> Dirk href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> spite href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> wonderful href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> skills, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> strictly href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> BOTH href=/profile//> sides href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Dirk href=/profile//> wisely href=/profile//> learned href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> adapt href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> moves, href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> skills.

So href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> piece href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> advice: href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> hear href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 7-5 href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> please href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> grain href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> salt. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> your href=/profile//> finger href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> footer href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> HAS href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> successfully, href=/profile//> please href=/profile//> tell href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> it.

 
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