ESPN The reeling New York Knicks have lost yet another big man with Andrea Bargnani now out indefinitely with a torn ligament in his left elbow. The team announced Bargnani underwent an MRI that revealed the injury. The 7-footer injured his elbow with under two minutes remaining in the third quarter of Wednesday’s game, according to the team. He took a hard spill on his left elbow during the game while trying to attempt a dunk. Bargnani remained in the game, making both free throws on the foul and finished the quarter. He also played the first three minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 20 points and four blocked shots in the 110-106 loss to the Sixers. The Knicks, who have lost five straight games, already are decimated by injuries to the front court. Bargnani joins forwards Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace as Knicks who are out due to injuries. Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton also did not practice on Thursday but they were given a recovery day, according to the team. Stoudemire (sprained left ankle and bone bruise) and Martin (sprained left ankle/tendinitis) have been out since Jan. 17. Their timetable has been at least two weeks for recovery. World Peace is sidelined with a sore left knee and he hopes to return perhaps next week after undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy. Bargnani, the 2006 No. 1 overall pick, is the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.3 points per game. He has started 39 of 42 games this season and also is averaging 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. The Knicks are now down to Tyson Chandler, Jeremy Tyler and Cole Aldrich as their remaining healthy bigs going into the Charlotte game on Friday at Madison Square Garden. “I just think injuries have just destroyed a lot of things that we wanted to set out and do,” head coach Mike Woodson said on The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show on ESPN New York 98.7 prior to the Bargnani injury news being announced. “The fact that we haven’t been able to practice that much, Tyson has missed a helluva lot of games this season, Raymond was in and out, J.R. [Smith] missing the first five games [due to suspension], it has just been kind of a roller coaster ride for everybody. “But at the end of the day, we are still in the hunt, we are not out of this by any means.”
Andrea Bargnani injured an elbow ligament last season while playing for the Toronto Raptors, and he was initially supposed to miss 6-8 weeks, but the Raptors decided to shut him down for the season.
The New York Knicks have been the league’s most disappointing team this season, and Andrea Bargnani has been nothing short of a huge disappointment since the Knicks acquired him this offseason, but losing him to an injury is another instance of things going from bad to worse for the New York Knicks.
As I said after last night’s horrible home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers last night, it’s time for the Knicks to give up on this team that has horrible chemistry, and trade every asset with any value for young players and draft picks.
Was Bargnani injured on his “I Believe I Can Fly” moment from last nights game? See for yourself: