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Default Bargnani's Interview with SLAM Magazine

From the NBA Live '09 Camp.

Originally Posted by SLAM
SLAM: Do you play a lot of games?

Andrea Bargnani: I play games, not so much during the day because I donít have time, but Iíve got a PS3. They gave us the PS3 at Christmas for the team. Bryan Colangelo gave us them.

SLAM: Thatís a cool gift.

AB: Yeah, it was very cool. Everyone on the team has got a PS3.

SLAM: What are your favorite games?

AB: (pauses, looks around) NBA Live. (Laughs a bit)

SLAM: Thatís a good answer at this event.

AB: (Laughs a bit more)

SLAM: What other kinds of games do you play?

AB: I like shooting games. We play on the internet, itís fun.

SLAM: Were you surprised that Josh Childress left to go playó

AB: No.

SLAM: I havenít even got the question out yet and youíre saying no. Youíre not surprised then?

AB: No, because weíre talking about money. To play in NBA, youíve got an average salary, four or five million. And Europe itís much more. Thereís no tax, and youíve got houses, cars. Itís a good opportunity.

SLAM: Do you think when your contract is up that European teams would ever make a move to get you back to Europe?

AB: (kind of looks at me like Iím dumb) I donít know, I have no idea. I like playing in the NBA. But if they keep going like this more players will go over there for sure.

SLAM: With Jermaine OíNeal coming in, do you want to play more of the three next year?

AB: Weíll see what the team needs. Maybe some three, some four or five.

SLAM: What would you rather play?

Bargnani: Four is my natural position.

SLAM: Do you have goals set for next year?

AB: We definitely have to try to go to the playoffs and try to advance in the playoffs. I think thatís the main goal of the organization. Weíve made the playoffs two years in a row, but we always get sent home early. This year was very sad, the end of the season was sad. We didnít play like we usually do. We have to come back next year and play better.

Whenever I read about Bargnani in the Toronto papers, thereís always something in there about the Italian media that follows him around. This day was no different, as three different people from Italian media outlets had made the trip over to see their boy. All three guys were friendly. I should take this time to shout out Paul from Italyís Sky Sports, who sits through 45 minutes of futbol news before basketball makes its way onto the highlights, much like I have to do with hockey in Canada.

Bargnani finished up his interviews and went for the body scan. Rudy Gay took his spot, so I went to him next.
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