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Andrea Bargnani says he may not return this season. Knicks fans say “don’t rush yourself.”

Mar 11, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

It may have taken injuries, but Mike Woodson has finally gotten over his fascination with big lineups for the Knicks. They went out and got Andrea Bargnani this summer — against pretty much everyone’s better judgement — and he felt like he had to play the guy. Even though it was a disaster.

Bargnani is still out with an elbow injury and Ian Begley of ESPN New York tweeted this:

To which Knicks fans say, “No worries, take all the time you need. Don’t rush back. In fact, take some time and go back home to Italy for a while.”

The Knicks have won four in a row and that’s sparked playoff dreams — they are 3.5 games back of Atlanta but have just 17 games to make up that ground. It’s still a long shot, and they need to keep winning (they are fortunate the schedule is pretty soft up through the end of March).

They can do that better without Bargnani.

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    In what world is 3.5 GB with 17 games left in this pathetic Eastern Conference a longshot? Especially with a soft schedule if you pointed out.

    Kurt, as a Mets fan who’s witnessed epic collapses, you have no clue.

    • apkyletexas - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Atlanta has lost 8 of 10, and the Knicks have Milwaukee, Philly, Cleveland, Sacramento and the Lakers as 5 of their next 6 opponents.

      The hell with 17 games – New York could have the 8th spot well in hand in the next two weeks if they play at all decently.

  2. lenbias34pt - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    A classic case of a man in need of a mirror.

    Every team Barg’s leaves gets better.

  3. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Hahaha. I know his dunking style leaves a lot to be desired, but they are paying him. So, having him back would not be a bad idea ;)

  4. sportsfan18 - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    It was the KNICKS who WANTED Bargs…

    THEY went out and GOT him…

    It has to be tough being a Knicks fan with a front office that is only TRYING to screw you as a fan…

    • cruzan80 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      I hear you man. If only they were smart like the Bulls front office who is gonna be able to amnesty their blunder (Carlos Boozer) so they make make room to sign Carmelo Anthony this summer….so jealous of you Bulls fans. :-)

  5. aliofbaba - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    As a Raptor fan, I cannot thank the Knicks management enough for taking this liability. I’m still confused how we managed to swing that trade. #Masiah

  6. cantonbound13 - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    The best cure for elbow pain is retirement, think about it.

    • therealhtj - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      He’ll still be on the books next season.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:34 AM

        Not if he retires. Of course he won’t, but that was cantonbound’s joke (and ugh, damn you for making me defend him).

  7. pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    In what world is 3.5 GB with 17 games left in this pathetic Eastern Conference a longshot? Especially with a soft schedule if you pointed out.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Kurt, as a Mets fan who’s witnessed epic collapses, you have no clue.

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        Mets & Knicks? Ouch! Hope you’re not a Jets fan also.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:37 AM

      This world: http://espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/playoffodds

      I’ll grant that the numbers aren’t fully capturing the impact of Atlanta’s injuries on its skid and the likelihood that they right the ship, but they also know that four games doesn’t mean there’s a new normal in Gotham, and those odds factor in New York’s pathetic schedule. Please explain how you’d fudge 11.5% up to something not resembling a long shot without coming off like a desperate fanboy.

    • ocgunslinger - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Not such a long shot considering we are discussing the Knicks. (Might be considered more of a slam dunk).

  8. vi3tguy415 - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    thats wrong Kurt. haha

  9. thundercocck - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Knicks fans: “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

  10. brotherlove2012 - Mar 12, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    This guy is the white version of Andrew Bynum. He doesn’t like to play, any excuse is good for him to get out of the lineup, he pulled the same thing in Toronto his last two years. What a joke he is.

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