New York Knicks Fans Already Booing Andrea Bargnani

by October 31, 2013

Welcome to Gotham, Bargs. Boo! The Knicks faithful weren’t exactly kind to newcomer Andrea Bargnani in his first game at MSG. Per the NY Post: “The Knicks beat Milwaukee 90-83, but Bargnani might have been the sole lowlight. He came off the bench and had just six points on 3-of-9 shooting with more turnovers (three) than rebounds (two), and his minus-11 in 17 ineffective minutes was the second worst on the team. ‘Andrea had a tough start, but he picked it up. Eventually he’ll figure it out, and it’s my job to help him figure it out,’ said head coach Mike Woodson, who plans to start Bargnani on Thursday against the Bulls in Chicago. […] Bargnani , who was hampered by injuries in his past two seasons in Toronto, has a long way to go. He debuted with a terrible first half, missing all four of his shots with two turnovers and two fouls. The crowd booed after just the first two misses, jeering after he clanked a short 8-foot attempt 32 seconds into the second quarter. ‘This is New York, the Garden,’ Tyson Chandler said. ‘It’s The Show. Once he gets beyond that, he’ll be fine.’ New York moves fast, but Bargnani might have been jeered quicker than any Knick in recent memory, after just 4:34 on the court. Still, Bargnani said he wasn’t taken aback by the boos. ‘No. I missed shots the first half,’ Bargnani said with a shrug. ‘They were all good shots. I’ll keep taking them and keep working like I’m doing. Again, offense has never been a problem. It’s just a matter of getting back in the rhythm, and it’s going to come. I’m not concerned about the offense. It’s never been a problem. It’s a transition. If there’s an open shot I’m going to take it. I’m just out of rhythm right now. In the first half I was out of rhythm and I missed shot. But that happens. It’s a process. I’m not worried about that. Offense has never been a problem in 11 years as pro.'”