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‘Friendly’ Canada vs. Italy Game Turns Ugly

August 2, 2009 – Dr. Dime

Italian NBA player Andrea Bargnani plays for the NBA’s only Canadian team, the Toronto Raptors. The Team Canada Head Coach, Leo Rautins, is the play by play man for the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors this summer acquired the NBA swingman Marco Belinelli from the Golden State Warriors. The Raptors Assistant General Manager is Italian basketball super manager Mauricio Gherardini.

So with all of those basketball connections between Canada and the Italians it makes sense to play each other in some friendly exhibition matches before the World Championships in Turkey next summer right? Canada is also preparing for the FIBA Americas Championship which begins Aug. 26 in Puerto Rico.

Well, after the events that occurred in the exhibition match between the two countries this past Saturday in Italy, maybe that’s not such a great idea. A bench clearing brawl broke out with many players from both teams getting ejected. The entire melee seemed to begin with a seemingly harmless and inadvertent bump from Canada’s Aaron Doornekamp on Italy’s Mancinelli.

Mancinelli lost his cool and then sucker punched Doornekamp when he had his back turned. The Canadians didn’t take too kindly to that, and immediately came to his defense. From there both benches cleared and even the two Head Coaches seemed to have some heated words. Looks like these two teams may need a cooling off period before any more “friendly exhibition games” are scheduled:

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  • Jon Scott

    Wow, what a bunch of animals!

  • Grampa

    only little bitches sucker punch

  • z

    poor aaron puched from the back, he is such a nice guy, i had him in a couple of classes in university

  • joel

    i’ve never seen so many white people on a basketball court

  • john

    “i’ve never seen so many white people on a basketball court”

    hey at least Canada has one black guy!

  • Why, Why, Why? Classy at anytime, let alone during an exhibition.

  • James

    Big surprise. An italian being an asshole.

  • Adam

    Typically pussy Italian move. Stick to soccer where that crap is tolerated….or man up and play some hockey.

  • Denis

    Why did I immediately correctly predicted that the Italian idiot started this?

  • Bet Mancinelli wouldn’t try that $hit with Artest.

  • Mike D

    I’m surprised the Italian POS didn’t push Doornekamp and then flop to the ground while holding his knee.

  • DG

    The Italians are SO lucky they were playing the basketball team and not the Canadian Hockey team. In Canada, team disqualifications are held in higher regard than wins. Our disqualifications are legendary, and well earned.

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