HoopsHype Andrea Bargnani rumors

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

August 20, 2013 Updates
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August 15, 2013 Updates

Andrea Bargnani is unlikely to play Eurobasket in Slovenia with Italian National Team, according to Il Corriere dello Sport. Il Mago caught pneumonia, is undergoing an antibiotics treatment and will be re-evaluated after August 20. Sportando

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August 7, 2013 Updates

Andrea Bargnani may miss Eurobasket in Slovenia with the Italian National Team due to a respiratory tract infection, according to Il Corriere dello Sport. Yesterday the new Knick did not have fever (his temperature reached 39.5° over the last days) but his participation at Eurobasket is at risk. The medical staff of the Italian National excluded that Bargnani had bronchopneumonia. "He may play" told to Il Corriere dello Sport a source with the knowledge of the situation. Sportando

August 5, 2013 Updates

Though Bargnani has had a 102-degree fever the past two days and is questionable for the opener vs. Georgia, he has shown the Italian coaching staff he is a different person and player than he was during his ill-fated stint with the national team two years ago. Team Italy began training camp July 24 prepping for next month’s European Championships. “I think he’s more mature,” Team Italy’s associate coach Mario Fioretti told The Post. “He knows better how we need to play at a certain level for European basketball. He’s more aware of what he needs to do and is more wise. He’s more helpful this summer than that last summer [2011], is my feeling.’’ New York Post

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