Andrea Bargnani suffered his first injury as a Knick on the eve of their second preseason game in Toronto. During the Knicks open practice at Columbia University Sunday Bargnani had to shut it down with back stiffness after early conditioning drills. He didn’t do the 3-on-3 fullcourt drills or the ensuing 5-on-5 intrasquad scrimmage. Bargnani beset by injuries the past two seasons has played in all four preseason games and hasn’t missed a practice. Bargnani will make the trip to Toronto but coach Mike Woodson didn’t specify if he definitely will play until he talks to the big 7-foot Italian. Toronto fans are used to Bargnani being hurt. Last season he appeared in just 35 games mostly due to an elbow injury. “He just stiffened up after all the conditioning we were doing’’ Woodson said. “He got some stiffness. We pulled him took him back to stretch him. He’s fine.’’ Bargnani is not alone in the banged-up department. Point guard Raymond Felton who strained his hamstring Thursday in Baltimore did not participate in any of the practice today and will not play in Toronto. According to Woodson Iman Shumpert who is still resting his sprained elbow and participated limitedly is not a definite for Toronto either. In other news J.R. Smith who participated in fullcourt drills today will finally be cleared for contact tomorrow and will participate in his first scrimmage Tuesday in Toronto before the Knicks fly to Green Bay to play the Bucks on Wednesday. Smith is on target to play the final preseason game vs. Charlotte so the clock on his five-game marijuana suspension can kick in. (Amar’e Stoudemire was cleared for contact over the weekend but had Sunday off to rest).
Knicks’ Bargnani sidelined with back stiffness
New York Post | Oct 21