The New York Knicks shocked the NBA world this offseason by not playing a major part in NBA free agency, but by making a major trade for Andrea Bargnani.
Of course, Bargnani comes with an injury risk after the issues he had last season when it came to staying healthy. Now that he has had a full offseason to recover and train, Bargnani feels he is finally back to 100 percent and ready to contribute for the Knicks (per Steve Serby of The New York Post):
“I can tell you that coming into the training camp [last summer] I was in great shape,” said Bargnani. “And then after the [elbow and wrist] injury, it took me two months to get back on the court. And because of the injury, I couldn’t lift weights at all for two months … When I came back, I was weaker. It was impossible to be in shape.”
The Knicks better hope Bargnani is fully healthy if they are looking to compete next season. With Amare Stoudemire looking at a minutes cap in order to keep him healthy the team is going to have to find a second scoring option behind Carmelo Anthony.
Bargnani is that option, but he too has to stay healthy.
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