Bargnani back practicing after pneumonia
Andrea Bargnani is back on the practice floor.
NEW YORK -- Andrea Bargnani is back on the practice floor.
The new Knicks forward had been away from basketball while battling pneumonia. But Bargnani was on the court Monday playing with his teammates in informal workouts at the Knicks' facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., on Monday.
"He looked good," Raymond Felton said at an Under Armour event at Macy's in Manhattan. "He's been really sick though. ... He's a little winded right now."
It makes sense that Bargnani would be a bit out of shape. He hasn't been able to play basketball for at least five weeks. He was forced to forgo playing for the Italian national team in the EuroBasket tournament because of pneumonia.
Felton said Bargnani looked strong while playing pickup basketball with his teammates.
"That guy looked great, in my opinion," Felton said. "Everything that I was hoping that he was going to do, he kind of did it the first day we played pickup. So that kind of made me excited as a point guard."
Bargnani, who was acquired in a trade with Toronto, will have to work his way back into playing shape during the Knicks' training camp and preseason. The first training camp practice is Oct. 1.
Eventually, Felton believes Bargnani can be the Knicks' "new Rasheed Wallace."
"A seven-footer that can always space the floor," Felton said. "That's a big help to our team, I think."
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