By now, most Toronto Raptors fans have seen Andrea Bargnani's interesting comments regarding his future with the club when he did a brief interview during an Italian Sky Sports feed of the Western Conference Finals, essentially saying he wants to play somewhere warmer and where he can "play [his] role." Since then, the seven-footer backtracked a little and his press office issued a statement from him to the Raptors that reads: "I wish to personally clarify and correct an inaccurate portrayal of my words that recently appeared in the media," he said. "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 [Raptors president and general manager] 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." The apology was a nice and very professional gesture, but once spoken, words can't be so simply unsaid, and with the conflicting messages that the big Italian is sending out, one can't help but wonder what he really wants. Does he want to stay or does he want to go? The former No.1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft has been a subject of much discussion among the Toronto faithful almost from the very second he was drafted. Those in his camp will point to his legitimate scoring ability and the fact that the player who he's most compared to, Dirk Nowitzki, took a while to develop into the dominant player he is today.
Bargnani's mixed messages
Toronto Sun | May 27