HoopsHype Andrea Bargnani rumors

November 15, 2013 Updates

Anthony didn't get the memo. He didn't hear his teammates yelling, so he wrapped up Howard and the Hack-a-Dwight backfired, for once. "That was a boneheaded play on my behalf," Anthony said. "He made a mistake," Howard said. "Bargnani was going to do it to, but some of the guys told him, 'Don't do it.' And then Carmelo didn't hear it, and he did it. It happens." CBSSports.com

November 13, 2013 Updates

"The makeup of [this] team is different. Last year, I was playing up top with the ball, spreading the floor, creating a lot of mismatches," Anthony said of his spacing. "This year's a little different in terms of the system and the team. But I'm fine. I'll figure it out." Making Bargnani a reserve could unlock Anthony's efficiency and improve the starting lineup's rebounding and bench scoring. Replacing him with Cole Aldrich—whose 26.3% defensive-rebound rate last season dwarfs Bargnani's 9.7% rate this season—would fill a need. And in a game like Wednesday's, against a smaller Atlanta Hawks team, even the idea of using the 6-foot-7-inch World Peace at center could work. Yes, he'd give up five inches to Bargnani, but at 260 pounds, he outweighs the Italian and is a superior low-post stopper and rebounder. Wall Street Journal

But the coach appears committed to the Bargnani-Anthony duo. Of the 144 minutes Bargnani has logged so far, 133 of them have been with Anthony in the game, a rate that's likely climb in Chandler's absence. (It's worth noting here that the Knicks have outscored opponents by 7.2 points per 40 minutes in the time Bargnani has logged without Anthony.) In his defense, Bargnani, despite being a wholly ineffective rebounder, has proved to be a competent rim protector thus far, holding opponents to 46.7% shooting when defending at the rim, according to SportVU player-tracking technology. But the team's strategy of switching on nearly every pick-and-roll play—particularly when Felton is defending—often pulls Bargnani from the basket, putting him in poor position to shadow quicker players. Wall Street Journal

November 8, 2013 Updates

Bargnani claims he’s ready. He played center in Toronto. “I did that in the past with the Raptors, when I was playing with [Chris Bosh],’’ Bargnani said. “Of course, with Tyson out different guys are going to have to play some minutes at [center. That’s just natural. I’ve got to be comfortable with that. That’s what the team needs me to do.’’ New York Post

November 6, 2013 Updates
October 31, 2013 Updates

It took a little more than one quarter as a Knick for Bargnani to hear his first boos at the Garden as fans began to jeer after he missed his fourth consecutive field goal in the second quarter of Wednesday night's 90-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Bargnani, whom the Knicks were hoping would be a secondary scoring option behind Carmelo Anthony, picked up his game somewhat in the second half, finishing with six points and shooting 3-for-9 in 17 minutes of play. Bargnani's teammates and coach, however, believe that it's only a matter of time before he gets comfortable with their offense and his new surroundings and becomes the scorer they need him to be. "This is New York. It's the Garden. And it's the show," center Tyson Chandler said. "Once he gets past all of that he'll be fine. All of his teammates love him and we think he's going to be the key. He's going to be huge for us." Newsday

October 30, 2013 Updates
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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
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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

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