Predictably, Bargnani went into full damage control shortly after his words about wanting to play in a warmer climate were published. From the Toronto Sun: “On Wednesday, Bargnani’s press office sent a statement of clarification from Bargnani to the Raptors which was distributed to the local media. It read: ‘I wish to personally clarify and correct an inaccurate portrayal of my words that recently appeared in the media. Much of what I said was taken out of context with respect to an entire conversation. I want to make clear my love for Toronto and that I consider the city a second home. I never said that I want to leave Toronto and I’m sorry if fans interpreted the inaccuracy that way. I am proud to represent Toronto and the Raptors organization. I appreciate what Bryan Colangelo and the organization has done for me during the past five years of my career. I will always continue to work to improve myself as a player in an effort to reward the organization and our fans with the best team possible.’”