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Andrea Bargnani has respiratory infection, could miss EuroBasket

Aug 8, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors Bargnani stands with teammate DeRozan at end of NBA game against Boston Celtics in Toronto Reuters

This should have no impact on his upcoming season with the Knicks, although maybe it should serve as a reminder he has missed. 26, 35 and 47 games the past three seasons.

Italian forward Andrea Bargnani could miss EuroBasket, according to a tweet from Italian basketball writer Andrea Barocci (via Hoopshype). He has missed the last couple tune-up games for Italy as they head to the Sept. 7 EuroBasket tip off, and he is expected to miss more.

This should be cleared up by the time training camp starts.

The Knicks acquired Andrea Bargnani this off-season in a trade with the Raptors, giving them a what they hope is a quality stretch four who can do a few other things to help out the team.

Normally this is where I recap what I think of the Knicks getting Bargnani, but I think his level of play will sum everything up quickly. Knicks fans will relate to Raptors fans on this soon enough.

  1. nycalldayz - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    This guy has no luck. Smh.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Italy got lucky, though.

  2. cantonbound13 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Typical Heat fan Kurt, hating on the Knicks any chance he gets. Why not report that the Italian coach said he showed up in great shape? Do you realize he doesn’t have to be the main scoring option in NY? Do you realize he will be surrounded by a lot more talent than he ever was in Toronto? Keep hating, you wouldn’t want to gain any respect for your biased website.

  3. brotherlove2012 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Bargnani out for some reason … Deja vu all over again!

  4. alexb1234 - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    i dont know what’s worse – your grammar or your basketball knowledge.

    When Bargnani is healthy he has averaged 20 ppg not something to just over look. He is not coming to New York to be the savior(like in Toronto) or the 2nd option, he is the 3rd or maybe 4th scoring option. Bargnani will be able to just sit in the corners and drain 3s. His defense is suspect but with Tyson, Artest, Shump on the squad the Knicks won’t need him to play much defense.

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