Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  24 responses

Andrea Bargnani: ‘I Never Said That I Want to Leave Toronto’

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.’”

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  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    not a good rebounder this guy is.

  • http://nba.com EJ

    Well you really don’t have to say that you want to leave Toronto, cause it’s pretty obvious that everybody wants to do that.

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    Quit talking & get some rebounds

  • Clownfish31

    Skate skate skate skate skate …

  • Charles


  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    LIKE A BO$H!


    No comparison between this dude and CB4. 1 went to the all star game. Every year since his sophmore year n the other averaged 5.2r in his 5 year nba carreer. Trade that banana for Gay. Make it happen BC

  • rich

    i dont hate bargnani i just think he sucks so much because we are forcing him to be someone hes not, HE AINT A CENTER, bosh is gone why is he still playing center, nobody makes dirk start at 5, or KG. why did they draft ed davis sign reggie evans and resign amir johnson? idiots… he would be an all star if he played the right role. watch losers draft another pf this year too. he doesnt want to leave he wants his team to accomadate to their best player like every other city does, stupid triani and colangelo


    U mean stupid colangelo cause triano is pretty good coach

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    He didn’t say it, he just thinks it every waking moment.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Meh. I’ve seen some of the trade rumors. They just sound too good to be true, and you know what they say about that…

  • http://slamonline.com Ghost
  • Dannyb

    No way dude speaks English that well. Methinks someone wrote this statement for him.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The article that fueled this and the reporter behind it simply asked him to speculate on an answer if he was in a ‘make one wish’ scenario… I can’t believe anyone has taken his comments beyond that and impuned that he’s wanting out of Toronto….
    This thread is over.


    “But im just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood”

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ rich: Seeing as Ed Davis is going to be the future face of the Raptors franchise, and actually rebounds and plays defense and finishes at the rim… Yeah, they needed him.
    Also, the Raptors need a tougher front line–that’s why they got all those bigs.
    And power-forwards HAVE to rebound… Bargnani isn’t a center, but for a power-forward he doesn’t do ANYTHING besides score. Dirk Nowitzki rebounds. Kevin Garnett rebounds. They both play SOME semblance of defense (actually Garnett is a defensive stalwart).

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    HAMMER – quick! Who sings it better – Nina Simone or The Animals?
    And who samples’ Nina’s version better – Common or Lil’ Wayne?

  • matt

    Watch this vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bhqKZcDLlk – what us raps fans go through unfortunately

  • http://www.slamonline.com Waylonakolipse

    Andrea ‘Big Mediocre’ Bargnani

  • http://360special.blogspot.com dev0

    …but we’d much rather misinterpret you. It’s just easier this way. A breakup is never easy. I hope we can still be friends.
    Sincerely, Bryan Colangelo


    loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool to dev0

  • PAul

    he doesnt want to leave but the whole of toronto want him to leave

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    I wish he did say that he wants to leave toronto

  • Charles Breen