The Toronto Raptors are at home again tonight for their third preseason game as they take on Atlantic Division rival, the New York Knicks. Amongst those on the Knicks are Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani, who was traded away from the Raptors in the offseason. Raptors fans are sure to let Bargnani have it tonight with a collection of boos and insults.
Bargnani was drafted first overall by the Raptors in the 2006 NBA Draft. He had some exciting moments and showcased his potential at times throughout the years, but he could never develop consistency. A lot of pressure was put on him to carry the team, but he never lived up to the hype of being "the next Dirk Nowitzki" and didn't seem worthy of a first overall pick. Raptors fans voiced their displeasure regarding Bargnani in his last couple of seasons, leading to his departure.
To make matters worse for Bargnani, it has recently been discovered that although he was the face of Primo Pasta, he never actually ate the product. The food that's "quick and nutritious, simply delicious" is apparently not a favourite for the former Raptors big man. Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet tweeted out the following this morning:
More on Pastagate: @IamAmirJohnson says they teased Andrea daily re/ commercials until he cracked & said: 'I don't eat that stuff'— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) October 11, 2013
In case you forgot, there actually is a game tonight. It's not just a night to pick on Bargnani. The Raptors and Knicks will square off at 7 pm at the Air Canada Center. The Raptors are 1-1 in the preseason, dropping their last game to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Knicks are currently 1-0, defeating the Boston Celtics in their preseason opener.
Keep an eye on Rudy Gay and Demar Derozan for the Raptors tonight. Both players have been playing well so far and will try to outduel Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Tyler Hansbrough has also been a great addition to the Raptors, providing hustle and energy off the bench. Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire and guard J.R. Smith will be out of the lineup tonight.
Be sure to head down to the Air Canada Center tonight or tune into Raptors TV and watch the game.
Let's Go Raptors!
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