Exclusive interview with Andrea Bargnani who talked about his future, the lockout, Toronto Raptors, LeBron James and Italian NTThe opening of the new Foot Locker store in Milano was the perfect opportunity to meet with the star of Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani. Il Mago talked about the NBA lockout, his future and the future of Toronto Raptors, LeBron James and the Italian NT which will be playing Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania.
In few hours, the NBA should officially announce the lockout. Did Bargnani already think about what to do if the lockout will last until January or February? Will you try to sign for an European team as some NBAers already said?
Actually, I don't know if we can sign for European teams. The NBA has yet to decide if the players under contract can sign somewhere else during the lockout period or not. I will continue to practice hard to be ready for the start of the new season, whenever it will be. I really hope that both parts will step back a little to resolve the issue. Otherwise we all lose.
Dwane Casey, new head coach of Toronto Raptors, compared you to Dirk Nowitzki and said you will play PF, as you like. What Raptors need to improve to be competitive?
First of all, I am very happy for the words of the coach and I am happy I can play my most congenial role. Regarding the Raptors, now it is useless to talk about market considering that with the lockout all the negotiations will be stopped. For sure, we need a center
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