Knicks’ Bargnani to Miss Eurobasket Due to Pneumonia
The NYPost.com reports, the Italian Basketball Federation announced Tuesday that New York Knicks’ Andrea Bargnani will not play for his country in next month’s Eurobasket due to his ongoing bout with pneumonia.
The federation released a statement on its website that said that while Bargnani’s condition has improved considerably over the past few days, it hadn’t improved to the point where he would be able to recover completely in time for the start of Eurobasket, which begins on Sept. 4 in Slovenia. Team Italy associate head coach Mario Fioretti told The Post earlier this month:
“It’s 100 percent it will help him for next year, I think he came in in shape and put himself in position to take this challenge.”
Bargnani was traded to the Knicks from the Toronto Raptors for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a 2016 first round pick and two future second round picks this offseason. Toronto drafted Bargnani in the 1st round back in 2006.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson had this to say about Bargnani’s pneumonia:
“We’ve got to be cautious of that and make sure we nurse him back before we put him back out on the basketball floor.”
Last season, Bargnani averaged 12.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 35 games, but has missed 82 games over the past two years because of multiple ailments.
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