Andrea Bargnani hasn’t retired, but he doesn’t sound unhappy with the idea.
In a social media post, the top overall pick in the 2006 draft explained his recent decision not to seek employment as a basketball player in 2017-18, Sportnando passed the translation along:
In all (or almost all) the messages you ask me the same things, the questions that you make me when you stop me on the streets: how I am and when I come back.
So, I wanted to tell you that I am physically fine but, after the breaching of my last two contracts, wanted by myself, I am not looking for a club. All of the news you have read on my on newspapers, especially market news, have been invented (and this is nothing new).
The reasons why I am not looking for a team are a lot and almost all of them are personal.
It is always good when concepts transcend translation. There’s a lot going on here, the 32-year old former Toronto Raptor wants us to understand, but nothing you need to know about.
Bargs sent the message from Hong Kong, and he’s nine months removed from his injury-impressed release from Baskonia, a Spanish League club.
Andrea last played in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets in 2015-16, he likely finished his stateside career with marks of 14.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 29 minutes a contest, working an average of 37 games per season since the league’s 2011 owner lockout.
Bargnani’s two No. 1 successors, 2007’s Greg Oden and 2008’s Derrick Rose, are also away from basketball at the moment. Anthony Bennett, prize of 2013, doesn’t seem far behind. Top overall picks are supposed to change franchise outlooks, but we’re used to these sorts of things slipping away.