Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The pump fakes aren't always necessary. We've talked all summer about how Andrea Bargnani could benefit from a new role. Less offensive responsibility means less pressure and cleaner looks which typically means going-in-er shots. What became apparent after the first exhibition game is that the transition isn't as smooth as just that. It'll take some extinguishing of old instincts and conditioning of new ones. In particular Bargnani is being encouraged to reconsider the use of his deadly pump fake (I don't use the word "deadly" lightly. Legend has it Andrea once pump faked a defender's skull clean off his spine). Chris Herring went in-depth on this matter soliciting insight from Carmelo Anthony the man who provides that role-changing presence for Bargnani: "A lot of times he [doesn't] even need it because he's so wide open" Anthony said. "I'm telling him that sometimes we're all gonna be on one side of the floor and you're gonna be wide open. He has one of the deadliest shot fakes ...
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