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Bargnani working out with Knicks, still recovering from pneumonia

Sep 24, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto Reuters

Some Knicks fans seem to have an unrealistic expectation of what Andrea Bargnani will bring to Manhattan this season. Count me in the group that thinks the attitude changes once they see him play, but this is what the time before training camp starts is for — unbridled optimism.

But first they need to get Bargnani on the court.

He just missed out in playing for Italy at EuroBasket due to pneumonia but things are looking better, Raymond Felton told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Bargnani comes in needing to be a shooter for the Knicks, but the past two seasons he has shot 30.3 percent from deep. And been often injured. And he doesn’t play defense. But unlike Steve Novak, Bargnani can put the ball on the floor when he has to, such as when a defender closes out to fast. There are things Bargnani could do to help the Knicks’ offense.

But first he has to get back on the court, he has to get healthy. At least that seems to be going well.

  1. rickyspanish - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I didn’t even know the Knicks signed him.

  2. jtbsteeler - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Keep in mind Camby and NOvak probably averaged less than 8.4 points a game between them. If Bargnani averages anything over 10 points a game and 5 rebounds he’s made an impact.

    Get a clue before you spew this stuff. He doesn’t have to be Dirk for us…

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      He’d have to play 35 minutes a night to average 5 boards. The guy is garbage.

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        I agree that he’s basically garbage… You’re exactly right about his min’s per game and 5 boards.

        His career rebounding average per 36 min’s of court time is 5.7 rebounds.

        I’m SO happy the Knicks have him.

  3. dysraw1 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    welll we will see exactly what AB is capable

  4. jolink653 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Knicks didn’t bring him in to be Dwight Howard; they brought him in to give them some length off the bench and someone who can stretch the floor and also be able to play down low a little…Bargnani provides all of that and will create better opportunities for his teammates

  5. jtbsteeler - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    The Knicks will win at least 60 games this season. All the talk about everyone else is better… The Knicks lost to the Bulls 4 times, the Nets twice, Pacers once and the Heat once. That could stay the same and the they could lose one more to the Pacers and Heat and still win 60+ games. They had some bad stretches where Melo and Felton got hurt. With the new depth, I don’t think they go into the losing streaks like they did last season.

    This is a 60 win team. After its clear that they’ll win 60 games the haters will be yapping about the playoff success. It migrates, the hate just migrates…

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      60 wins? The mental cartwheels you have to do to believe yourself must be astounding.

      • jtbsteeler - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        60 wins. Come back later, don’t get lost.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        47 wins. Two teams won 60 games last year. They had players like Lebron James and Kevin Durant…

    • buzzbeaubank - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Considering this blowhard bolted from PFT after his ridiculous Steeler predictions, take that 60 win guarantee with a grain of salt.

  6. brotherlove2012 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I don’t want to sound negative, but the Knicks won’t get s#{t ffrom him because he will be hurt all the time. You don’t get nothing from a player who gets hurt everytime he pushes himself a little. Just wait, you’ll see.

  7. aaronalexander23 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Go Knicks.

  8. cruzan80 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    As the oldest team in NBA history & tons of injuries to everyone in their starting line up…..they STILL won 54 games. Yet you geniuses are yapping bout them being worse after getting younger & more talented???? The hate is real.

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