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Calf injury shuts down Raptors’ Bargnani for rest of season

Apr 13, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani drives to the basket against Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison during their NBA basketball game in Toronto Reuters

When he played at the start of the season and was healthy, Andrea Bargnani looked like an All-Star and former No. 1 pick… then he got a calf injury that kept him out for most of the season. He returned and struggled but had started to find his stroke again at points (he dropped 30 on the Bobcats April 3).

But his calf had given him problems again lately, he had missed the last two games, and now the Raptors have decided to shut him down for the season, the team announced. It was not work the risk to aggravate the injury when the Raptors are not going to the playoffs. There was no reason to push through it.

For the season, Bargnani averaged 19.5 points in the 31 games he played, shooting 43.2 percent overall and 29 percent from three. Bargnani will be back with the Raptors, he has three years remaining on his current deal.

  1. franchiseplaya - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    I remember watching a game yrs ago where Bargnani tried to post up Baron Davis. Bargnani couldn’t back him down and ended up thowing up a FALLAWAY jumper that missed. I hated Bargnani from that point on. Having said that, he really had looked better this year, kind of a poor mans Dirk. Hopefully he gets healthy but he’ll never be more for the Raps than Bosh was, a mid level star who will never take them anywhere.

    • adnan604 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      years ago you say ?

      well in that case B Diddy was probably just as heavy as Bargnani, and try posting up a guy shorter than you and roughly your weight where he has a much lower center of gravity….. the last season Diddy was in actual shape was longer than “few years ago”

      but nah im jus messin around, i hear what you’re saying but I don’t think it’s right for all these people to give Bargs crap about not being able to post up….
      its his lack of rebounding that is cause for concern, and he fixed that this year, he was goin real hard rebounding, scoring and like article said looking like a lottery pick…. injuries suck though, hopefully he gets healthy

  2. trbowman - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Commence tank mode.

  3. craigmaitland - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Nice luck Raptors have with draft picks.. Finally win the lottery and that scrub is the best available player.

  4. sellahh - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    “For the season, Bargnani averaged 19.5 points in the 31 games he played, shooting 43.2 percent overall and 29 percent from three.”
    Dayyyyum, now that’s a real All-Star and a real numero uno draft pick. When one is in his rookie season, really O_O

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