Interfering fan heir to Fiat fortune

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Andrea Bargnani chuckled after he realized who it was.

The Raptors centre initially didn't know it was Lapo Elkann, the Italian industrialist and heir to the Fiat automobile fortune, who inadvertently had cost Toronto a potential possession late in a tight game Tuesday at the Staples Centre.

Elkann, who admittedly is much better versed in soccer, was the individual who went up for a loose ball just in front of his courtside seats just as Jose Calderon attempted to tip it back into play. Elkann wound up tipping the ball off Calderon's head and the Lakers wound up with the possession.

Elkann told ESPN's J.A. Adande after the game he wasn't trying to help the Lakers.

"Having two Italians on the Raptors (Bargnani and Marco Belinelli) and being Italian, I wished for them to win," Elkann said.

That didn't stop the crowd from cheering him like one of their own. A red-faced Elkann could only apologize to Calderon.

Bargnani laughed about it Wednesday in Sacramento.

"He's more into soccer," Bargnani said. "He doesn't know the rules. He didn't know it has to touch the ground first."

Bargnani has made appearances with Elkann but did not notice him in his courtside seats until Calderon put the spotlight on him. Belinelli had a quick chat with him at halftime, although that was the first time he had actually met Elkann. Belinelli said he was getting texts all day from back home wondering why a fellow Italian would cost his team a game like that.

Belinelli said it was pointless trying to explain the play did not cost his team the game.

Bosh getting there

With his second game back now under his belt, Chris Bosh of the Raptors is giving every indication he is fully back from his seven-game absence.

"It's always tough bouncing back," Bosh said. "I just wanted to get a feel (on Tuesday), not force anything. I know after a while I'll get my feet back under me. I got to the line a couple of time in the second half so that was really good. I'm just trying to play the game patiently right now."

Grieving O'Bryant exits

The Raptors were a body short last night in Sacramento. Patrick O'Bryant, who has seen limited action most of the season, left the team to return home for a death in the family.


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