Boos for former Raptor Bargnani?

Former Raptor Andrea Bargnani is in Toronto with his new team, the New York Knicks, to take on...

Former Raptor Andrea Bargnani is in Toronto with his new team, the New York Knicks, to take on Toronto on Friday. (Reuters/Files)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

The question isn’t if Raptor fans will boo Andrea Bargnani upon his Toronto return Friday night, it’s just how much venom will be spewed his way.

Damon Stoudamire, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and Chris Bosh have been serenaded with cat-calls ever since leaving Toronto and though Bargnani didn’t drive his exit the way those players did (though he had been OK with the idea of a trade for a while), he was also booed while still a member of the club, which hadn’t happened since the days of Rafael Araujo.

Bargnani’s former head coach Dwane Casey spoke out against fans getting on their own players when it happened last season, but said while he still considers Bargnani a friend, fans can do what they want now that he’s no longer a Raptor.

Bargnani is back for the first of two pre-season visits with the New York Knicks, the team that acquired him this summer in exchange for Steve Novak and a variety of draft picks.


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