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November 20, 2014 Updates

The Knicks’ 115-99 blowout loss to the Timberwolves on Wednesday night could be the last time they play without Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon. The Knicks are laying the groundwork not only for Bargani to make his season debut Saturday against the winless Sixers but also for Calderon to join him. There have been so many setbacks along the way, Knicks coach Derek Fisher is being cautious about penciling them in for Saturday. But it’s in the designs. New York Post

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The Knicks originally announced that Andrea Bargnani would miss the first three games of the season, but Derek Fisher said Sunday it will be more than that. Fisher said it's unlikely that Bargnani (strained right hamstring) will make his season debut this week. Next week seems more realistic. "Hopefully, it's soon,'' Fisher said. "That's the best answer. I think Andrea's progressing.'' Newsday

Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani will likely be out for at least another week as he deals with a right hamstring injury. Knicks coach Derek Fisher said Bargnani is “progressing” and he hopes to have him back “soon” but acknowledged that the Knicks’ schedule will probably preclude Bargnani from returning before the ninth game of the season. “I don’t think it’s fair to put a player out there who hasn’t really had an opportunity to practice and see how his body responds to the physical demands of playing the game,” Fisher said Sunday before tipoff of the Knicks-Hornets game. “So there are really no practices this week and maybe next week ... it might be a better week to start to dial in when he might be back.” ESPN.com

November 2, 2014 Updates

The earliest Bargnani can return is Nov. 12 against Orlando because he won’t be able to participate in practice prior to that game. The Knicks have two sets of back-to-backs in the coming week, so Fisher said they will not practice. Bargnani’s first opportunity to practice will be Nov. 11. ESPN.com

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When two reporters from Italy interviewed him after he spoke to the New York media for the first time since being shut down Oct. 9, he said in Italian he underwent an MRI exam, but didn’t say what it revealed. That Bargnani had an MRI exam reveals the Knicks are surprised his injury hasn’t healed yet. When he missed the Oct. 11 game at the Mohegan Sun, Knicks coach Derek Fisher indicated he could’ve played if it were the regular season. Speaking in the locker room before the Knicks’ 103-100 win over the the Wizards at the Garden on Wednesday night, Bargnani said, “Injuries are always frustrating.’’ New York Post

October 21, 2014 Updates

Ian Begley: Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not play Wednesday. He has missed the last 4 preseason games. Bargnani hasn't played in a game since Oct. 8. Fisher was non-committal when asked if he'd be ready for the season opener on Oct. 29. #Knicks Twitter @IanBegley

October 19, 2014 Updates

Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani will miss his third straight preseason game Monday against Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks with a hamstring injury. “No, he hasn’t been able to practice the last few days so it wouldn’t be smart to jeopardize him by putting him into game action [Monday],” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said Sunday at practice. “We’ll continue to evaluate his hamstring and how he’s feeling. It’s a long season so we don’t want any of our guys including Andrea to have to go in and out of the lineup trying to rush back so hopefully in the next few days we’ll get enough distance bewteen the injury and him feeling better that he can join us for practice this week and hopefully start to ramp it up for Oct. 29th [the season-opener].” The Knicks Blog

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In a bizarre turn of events, Quincy Acy, who may have the NBA’s longest beard, and one wilder than James Harden’s, has emerged as the Knicks’ leading candidate at power forward. It is seemingly the lone position battle still remaining. That is a testament to Acy’s defensive fortitude and vibrant playing style that coincides with new coach Derek Fisher’s vision of what he wants out of his starting lineup. It also helps Acy’s cause that Andrea Bargnani’s battling a sore hamstring. “No I didn’t plan on coming here to start,’’ Acy told The Post with a chuckle. “I planned on coming here and playing hard to earn minutes. I guess I impressed enough with my defense to earn a spot. I don’t know what coach got going if I’m starting or coming off the bench or not playing, but I’ll be happy.’’ New York Post

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