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Raptors' Bargnani has appendix removed

TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani had an
appendectomy on Wednesday, and is expected to be released from a
hospital in the next few days.

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No timetable was set for the return to the court of Bargnani,
the No. 1 pick in the draft, who is averaging 11.5 points and 3.9
rebounds off the bench for Toronto.


"At this point, there's no set timetable for a return,"
Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo said. "We're going to be looking at
trying to get him back as quickly as possible but we obviously will
do it the right way.


"We'll do it with all concern for his health and safety going
forward. It's about the long-term approach."


According to Italian media reports, Bargnani, 21, became ill after practice Tuesday and had the surgery overnight.


"He's just waking up right now, but everything is fine. He
seems to be doing well," Toronto assistant general manager
Maurizio Gherardini said Wednesday morning from Mount Sinai
Hospital.


Bargnani, 21, and Portland's Brandon Roy are considered the top
candidates for rookie of the year. The Italian is coming off
Eastern Conference rookie of the month honors for February, when he
averaged 13.5 points on 50 percent shooting to help Toronto surge
to the top of the Atlantic Division.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.