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NBA roundup: Bargnani denies calling Raptors the worst team

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Toronto Raptors forward/center Andrea Bargnani denied that he told an Italian journalist that the Raptors are the worst team in the NBA.

Bargnani intimated to the Toronto Sun that he may take legal action.

"Nobody is satisfied. Not me, not (teammate) DeMar (DeRozan), not coach, nobody," Bargnani said. "That was my sentence, (a) pretty good answer to a pretty stupid question. But I think it was an answer that makes a lot of sense.

"I'm not going to go over every single (word) that was in there; I just wanted to clarify for all you media guys that specific sentence. I'm going to have people look over it and take care of the other stuff, because I don't think some people can afford to change my words like that, so I'm going to have people taking care of that."

The reporter, Davide Chinellato of La Gazzetta dello Sport, said he recorded the interview.

Sportando's Emiliano Carchia said he has heard the interview and tweeted: "I am listening to Andrea Bargnani's interview ( He said: 'We are practically the worst team in the NBA.' "

-- San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili injured his left quadriceps in Saturday's game against the Celtics, and it's uncertain whether he'll play in Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

---The Houston Rockets announced Sunday they recalled forward Terrence Jones from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Jones will be active for Sunday's game at the Toronto Raptors.

Jones averaged 22.5 points and 17.5 rebounds in two starts for Rio Grande Valley this season.

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