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Andrea Bargnani has “no idea” when he can return to Knicks. Andrea, there’s no rush.

Jan 31, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

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When Andrea Bargnani tore a ligament in his elbow it was a blessing in disguise for the Knicks (and not that good a disguise, we and everyone else on the planet called it) — Mike Woodson could no longer try to force feed a big lineup that wasn’t working, he had to go small with Carmelo Anthony at the four and guards who could space the floor with their shot.

The Knicks have won four straight. Stunning.

So when is Andrea Bargnani going to be back? He told the New York Post he has he doesn’t know.

“I have no idea [on a return date],’’ Bargnani said. “It’s a ligament broke and you see how it heals and how strong the arm gets. You got to make sure it’s 100 percent. I really don’t know the timeline…

“It’s terrible, just terrible but what can you do,’’ said Bargnani, who was the Knick second-leading scorer at 13.7 points. “Because it’s similar to last year, it’s even more frustrating. It’s terrible sitting out — the worst.’’

Bargnani is not having surgery, the guestimates are he will be out a month but nobody really knows.

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There’s no rush Andrea, take your time.

The scary thing is Woodson sounds like he might experiment with the big lineup again — with Tyson Chandler at the five, Bargnani at the four and ‘Melo at the three — once Bargnani gets back.

“The small lineup, we know that that works,’’ Woodson said. “Hey I don’t know if we’ll go away from it this time….

“I know big lineups and like Bargnani at that spot,’’ Woodson said. “That was the reason to bring him over [from Toronto]. But we haven’t had that chance to have that core group develop some chemistry. We haven’t had a chance to do that.’’

Actually, we have. In the 189 minutes that the Anthony/Bargnani/Chandler trio are on the court together the Knicks are -11.2 points per 100 possessions (if you prefer, they are -8.1 per 48 minutes). The Knicks defense gives up a ridiculous 114.3 points per 100 possessions when those three are paired. And to make it even simpler, when Anthony plays the four by himself the Knicks are 9.5 points per 100 possessions better than when ‘Melo and Bargnani are paired.

Bargnani, don’t rush back. Woodson, when he is back, stick with the small lineup that works. Thanks for listening.

  1. calkinsrob - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    LOL I wouldnt be in a rush either!

  2. cruzan80 - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    If this guy gets it……why doesn’t Woodson??? There’s is no positive reason why we should see Bargnani on the court in a Knick uniform this season.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Speaking about Woodson not getting it, one of your Knicks homer on another article posted that Durant would be a Knick in a few years because his coach on the Thunder was not a championship coach.

      This poster was taken to the wood shed for saying that due to the fact that Woodson is the Knicks coach.

      Uh, you Knicks homers just don’t seem to get it but I’m glad you at least see that Woodson is clueless.

      But then that’s just par for the course as one has to be clueless to accept a job from Dolan…

      Uh, the Knicks wanted Bargs you know. This past summer so many Knicks fans were talking about how he was going to help the team.

      I laughed then and I’m still laughing. So knowledgeable about basketball… to actually think Bargs would help your team…

  3. borderline1988 - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM


    Masai Ujiri

  4. conjecture101 - Jan 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I’ll say it again. This is not about going “big.” As we know; Indiana, Portland, Toronto, San Antonio, among others, continue to go “big” with great success. Bargnani’s ineffectiveness lies in his game, not his size. Carmelo may be a much more efficient scorer at the 4 but he will not be winning any meaningful games doing so, which is proven by the fact that the last time he was winning meaningful games, Nene & Kenyon Martin joined him in the frontcourt.

  5. jimeejohnson - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    This guy will be at MSG with Barnum and Bailey.

  6. blazermaniac22 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Who would be in a rush to play for the dumpster fire that is New York Knick basketball? You do know Carmelo Anthony is on the team, right? You will never get to shoot the rock

    • adamsjohn714 - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:33 AM

      Melo’s doing his team a favor by not giving Bargs the ball.

  7. canadatude - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    When you refer to Bargnani as a big, it is a total mistake. He is still so soft inside for a 7 footer! Thanks for taking him off our hands, NY. That first round pick will come in handy.

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