Re: Mitchell: I was forced to go easy on Bargnani
Yeah, he was kind of forced into a bad situation when he got here with Bosh already being here. I don't know why Colangelo thought it would work.
Nobody expected him to be a KG type player though.
It's not inconceivable to think that if Mitchell had been tougher on him that he would have reached Dirk-like abilities. Dirk was pretty soft and perimeter oriented when he came into the league also, but he's learned to play in the post, rebound and be a pretty good defender.
I think another thing Mitchell is referring to is Bargnani's apparent lack of focus/drive. I think he feels that if he was able to light a fire under his ass, Bargnani would play with a lot more passion.
That's just one man's opinion. There are plenty of ways Mitchell's comments can be translated, but it still confirms a suspicion we all had.