Andrea Bargnani has missed every game this season with a lingering hamstring issue, as the Knicks have gotten off to a disappointing 3-8 start. But Bargnani practiced fully on Monday, and Knicks coach Derek Fisher says he could play Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Whenever he’s back, his versatility is huge for us on both ends of the floor,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said after Monday’s practice. “I think he can guard multiple positions and offensively he can play multiple positions. He’s another guy on the floor that defenses have to think about how they want to cover him. He makes the game easier for Carmelo [Anthony], J.R. [Smith], Iman [Shumpert]. So we’re excited to get him back soon hopefully, and start to kind of rebuild our team again once we get some guys back out there.”
Whether Bargnani’s return is actually a positive for the Knicks is up for debate. He has been disappointing since being traded to the Knicks in 2013—and really, for most of his career before that. But the Knicks’ big-man rotation as it stands right now is Amar’e Stoudemire, Jason Smith, Quincy Acy and Samuel Dalembert, and with the Knicks’ horrible start to the season, they’ll look for help anywhere they can get it.