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By the second quarter, Knicks fans were booing Andrea Bargnani

Oct 31, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Andrea Bargnani AP

I knew Knicks and Raptors fans would soon have something in common, something they could bond over while drinking a frosty adult beverage.

Andrea Bargnani can bring people together… in frustration.

Bargnani had a rough first outing as a Knick, going 0-3 from three point range (3-of-9 overall) meaning 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 turnovers and he was -11 in 17 minutes. Raptors fans were patient with him over the years, taking their time to turn on him; Knicks fans not so much, as noted at the New York Post.

We’re about to find out if it is, because it took just two shots into the season opener for the Italian import to hear boos from the Garden crowd….

Bargnani, who was hampered by injuries in his past two seasons in Toronto, has a long way to go. He debuted with a terrible first half, missing all four of his shots with two turnovers and two fouls. The crowd booed after just the first two misses, jeering after he clanked a short 8-foot attempt 32 seconds into the second quarter.

By the way, coach Mike Woodson said he plans to start Bargnani Thursday night against the Bulls. Seriously. That is the plan, putting him at the four and Carmelo Anthony at the three.

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I have not hidden my distaste for the Knicks Bargnani pickup, it’s not that he can’t provide some value on the court it’s that you’re paying him $23.3 million for something you could get better at half the price. Expectations are too high for him and I expected all Knicks fans (know Bargnani divided the fans base) would come around eventually.

In a credit to the basketball IQ of Knicks fans, it didn’t even take a full half.

  1. casualcommenter - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I consider myself to be among the many who predicted the Bargnani experiement by the Knicks was going to fail.

    That being said, it’s unfair to start booing a guy in the second quarter of the first game of the season while the Knicks have the lead. He hasn’t proven anything – good or bad – yet.

    • fanofevilempire - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      he better get good fast, forget how many games have been played.

    • benjamintko - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      It’s true and I agree with you, but this is NY, players better be prepared mentally. I just remember being in MSG when Kings came to play. Poor Isiah Thomas got booed every time he touched the ball, just because he has the same name as the guy responsible for Eddie Curry fiasco.

  2. fanofevilempire - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    this guy doesn’t know what he is on for in NY, he better find his game quickly
    and provide a lot of scoring , forget defense.
    Dude has a hot chick.

    • bangerrrrrrr - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      He’s getting paid $23.3 million; he should have 5 hot chicks, at least.

  3. cnyphinfan - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I loved what Melo said about the fans will not be patient with him but that the team will be.
    I think you saw a few good things with Bargnani…….he got free for some jumpers within 15 feet and those were pure…..he got some nice rebounds in traffic…..

    Knick fans will turn on him quickly, but if he has the mental fortitude to withstand it he could be a nice piece for the Knicks. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t work in NY…..plain and simple.

    The $ is really not an issue – its the Knicks – Bargnani was the best option out there that would be available for little to nothing that has the chance to provide a good offensive option. The money matches the years left on STAT’s contract, so next year they may be able to move him as an expiring deal if it doesn’t work out – same as STAT.

  4. djeter220 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I was there last night. While the frustration in the air each time he threw up a brick was palpable, it’s quite a stretch to say the Garden was booing him, perhaps one or two here or there, but I think even Knicks fans expectations are low enough with Bargnani to give him a longer leash.

  5. 00maltliquor - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    *Ahem*……..marcusfitzhugh………you were saying?

  6. zoomy123 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    The problem with the Knicks is that they’re all good at the same thing: VERY inefficient scoring. Putting a team together like this makes Frankenstein look like a normal human being.

    • benjamintko - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Dolan loves Isiah Thomas! sigh…

      I hate seeing players the Knicks traded and have developed into capable players… David lee, we had him. Danilo Gallinari, we had him…

  7. csbanter - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Knicks enjoy raptor leftovers. Lenny Wilkins, Isaiah Thomas, Mark Jackson throughout the years

  8. JMClarkent - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    If he doesn’t play well against Boozer it isn’t meant to be!

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    It makes me so happy that my least favorite player in the NBA got on to my least favorite team. I mean Bargnani’s one skill is mediocre long range shooting. Nice pickup.

  10. wowwowbad - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    He’s a lazy player, and in NBA you can be a winner if you’re lazy, especially on defensive end. Bargnani, Melo, JR, all are lazy players who focus on scoring only. Winning a championship is a joke.

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