The New York Knicks made a trade with the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani this offseason. The change of scenery will benefit Bargnani this upcoming season to his former Toronto teammate Alan Anderson, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
“He just needed a change,” Anderson said on a conference call today, via News Day. “He’s an amazing player. All guys are different. He’s not a yelling, energetic, show-a-lot-of-emotion type player. He shows his emotions through his game.”
“A change of scenery is good for some guys, especially if they haven’t took their team to where the fans or media think they should win. The change of scenery is good, and now he’s got a little bit of weight off his shoulders going to the Knicks, with Melo, J.R. Smith, Amar’e – you’ve got those guys who can really help you blossom even more.”
Well if he struggled with the pressure from the Toronto fans and media he might not fully understand what he has gotten himself into. The New York media is arguably the toughest on athletes compared to any other American media market. Especially when the Knicks have under-acheived to a certain degree after getting Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
Their cross-town rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, have gotten considerably better as well.