HoopsHype Andrea Bargnani rumors

October 29, 2013 Updates

The New York Knicks play their first regular season game on Wednesday and Monday head coach Mike Woodson would not commit to a starting lineup that includes Andrea Bargnani. One option is to start a forward combination that includes Carmelo Anthony and Metta World Peace. ESPN.com

October 28, 2013 Updates

For the latter part of Monday's scrimmage, Metta World Peace was working with the Knicks' starting five — alongside Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler in the frontcourt. Imported forward Andrea Bargnani was switched to the second unit despite starting throughout the preseason, and coach Mike Woodson indicated that he hasn't decided which way he'll go for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Milwaukee at the Garden. "I don't (know) yet. I really don't," Woodson said after practice in Greenburgh. "I'll make that decision on Wednesday." New York Daily News

October 27, 2013 Updates

Mike Woodson is committed to starting the season with a big lineup featuring Iman Shumpert or J.R. Smith at shooting guard and Carmelo Anthony at small forward. But he hasn't ruled out playing a smaller lineup with Anthony at power forward. "I'll experiment with it, but I've got options this year, guys," Woodson said. "I mean, I can always go small with Melo at the 4, with small teams. And throw Bargnani in there when we [play] big teams. Again, it's not a matter of who starts. It's what you do with the minutes that you're in there, and that's kind of the message I'm sending everybody on this team. You've got to give productive minutes when you're on the floor if you want to play." ESPN.com

October 21, 2013 Updates
October 12, 2013 Updates

Andrea Bargnani was asked how it felt to occupy a locker in the visitor's room for the first time, returning to the Air Canada Centre three months after being traded. "I was here before," he responded, correcting the reporter. He was right. "I was here when I came to play with Benetton Treviso, my Italian team, a long time ago," he pointed out. That was Oct. 20, 2004, an exhibition game against the Raptors, his future team. TSN

"It will probably be an up and down moment for him," former teammate Amir Johnson predicted before the game. "They'll probably boo, I just hope it isn't worse than they boo (Vince Carter)." TSN

October 11, 2013 Updates

Andrea Bargnani was back in Toronto Thursday, and while Raptors coach Dwane Casey wasn’t there to greet him, he had a suggestion for the new Knick forward. “He should probably put on ear plugs,” Casey joked with reporters, anticipating plenty of Toronto boo birds at Friday’s game. “They can boo (Bargnani) all they want to now,” Casey said. “Fans are going to do what they’re going to do.” New York Daily News

Bargnani: No hard feelings. Andrea Bargnani, who spent his first seven NBA seasons in Toronto, is expected to hear boos in his return Friday night, but he remained complimentary toward Toronto and its fans. "All I got to say about Toronto is I was very lucky to play there," Bargnani said. "Great fans. Great organization, so I was lucky to play there for seven years." Newsday

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. “They can boo him all they want to now. He’s a visiting player,” said a mostly serious Casey after practice Thursday. “Andrea gave seven great years to the organization, he was the first pick, he’s still a friend of mine, until he walks between the lines. We have no ill feelings for Andrea, the fans are going to do what they’re going to do, so he probably should put on earplugs.” Toronto Sun

October 2, 2013 Updates

When the Toronto Raptors drafted him with the top pick in 2006, Andrea Bargnani had a lot to live up to and he struggled, with injuries and expectations. But that shouldn’t be a problem in New York, according to Carmelo Anthony, who openly dished on the pecking order of who gets the blame when things go wrong for the Knicks. In short, Bargnani should feel at home in New York because only one man assumes the blame here. And that man, according to Anthony, is Carmelo Anthony, leaving Bargnani to play free and loose, something he didn’t always do in Toronto. “Ain’t no pressure on him,” Anthony said at the end of practice on Tuesday, the Knicks’ first of training camp. “You come here and play ball. All the pressure is on me. It should be easy for him.” New York Daily News

October 1, 2013 Updates

After first practice, Woodson sounded high on Bargnani. "I don't think you can pass up on a piece like Bargnani,'' Woodson said today. "One of those gifted players I think I can reach. I’ve watched him from afar for many years, coaching against him in Toronto. I just think he’s a talented, young player who can do a number of things. I just got to get him acclimated to what we’re doing and feeling good about himself agains because he can really help this ballclub.’’ Woodson said getting him familiar with defensive rotations was the challenge for now. Sulia

Anthony said he’d be willing to slide over from power forward to small forward to make room for the 6-foot-11 Italian in the starting lineup. He had one of the best lines of his Knicks career when asked whether the former No. 1 overall pick by the Raptors can handle the Big Apple pressure. “There ain’t no pressure on him,’’ Anthony said. “You come in and do what you got to do and play ball. All the pressure’s on me. It should be easy for him. It should be an easy transition for him, adjusting. Just do it the right way, it should be easy for him.’’ New York Post

September 23, 2013 Updates

Felton pointed to the elderly bench of Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby and Jason Kidd, who fell apart in the playoffs, as part of the team’s ultimate undoing, getting KO’d in the second round by the Pacers. With training camp opening Monday, none of those players are back. Three of them have retired. “We’re a younger team this year,’’ Felton said at an Under Armour appearance at Macy’s in Herald Square. “Kurt Thomas, Rasheed, love them like brothers. [But] those guys were 38, 39, 40 years old. Once they got injuries, they’re out and it hurt us last year. We’ve added Metta [World Peace], [Andrea] Bargnani, Kenyon [Martin] and Amar’e [Stoudemire] are coming back. Tim Hardaway [Jr.] looks great by the way. I’ve been most impressed with him. It gives us depth at that big spot and youth. Those guys are younger." New York Post

August 31, 2013 Updates

Andrea Bargnani spoke with La Gazzetta dello Sport. Il Mago will miss Eurobasket with Italian National Team due to pneumonia. The newcomer in New York is stil off and he has not started working out. But the ex Raptors wants to be ready for Knicks training camp. "Now I am completely off. I will re-start working when the doctors give me the green light. I want to be ready for the Knicks training camp" said Bargnani. Sportando

August 23, 2013 Updates

Summer was going so swell for Andrea Bargnani, getting a fresh start with his trade to the Knicks and reporting to Team Italy’s training camp late last month in terrific shape. But now a respiratory infection that felled him three weeks ago has officially knocked him out of next month’s European Championships. “I think he’s very, very disappointed,’’ Team Italy’s associate coach Mario Fioretti told The Post yesterday after Team Italy’s exhibition victory over Montenegro. “He spent one month before training camp getting in shape. He was ready, with the right mental approach. Everything was set for him.’’ New York Post

Nobody knows how Bargnani caught the infection, and Fioretti said they don’t believe it’s pneumonia. “It’s crazy because its summer, like he’s jinxed,’’ Fioretti said. The good news for the Knicks is Fioretti said he expects Bargnani to be on time for training camp. The Knicks play in Toronto, against Bargnani’s former team, twice in the preseason. “I know he feels better, so I can’t imagine him not being ready for October,’’ Fioretti said. New York Post

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