Andrea Bargnani takes dumbest shot you will see (Video)

Andrea Bargnani took one of the dumbest, most inexplicable shots you could ever possibly see in an NBA game.

The New York Knicks were (shockingly) up by two points 94-92 on the Milwaukee Bucks with less than 20 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday night. Carmelo Anthony missed a shot as the shot clock was winding down, but the Knicks got the offensive rebound which would have effectively sealed the game. Only one problem: after Tyson Chandler got the rebound and passed it out to Bargnani, the Italian jacked up a 3-pointer immediately as if his team were down by two.

Bargnani, of course, missed, and that gave the ball back to the Bucks. John Henson made a shot to tie the game and send it to double-overtime, where the Knicks eventually won 107-101.

The reaction on the Knicks bench was outstanding:

Knicks reaction

What was going through Bargnani’s head at that time? Was he just going on instinct and treating it like a shooting drill? Catch the ball and fire it back? Did he think his team was down?? Did he have money on the Bucks? Someone explain this one to me!

Oh, and if that’s not great enough, take a look at this shot chart of Bargnani that further shows how dumb of a shot choice it was:

Maybe he’s just trying to play himself out of the lineup. Knicks fan David is not impressed.

Video via GIFD Sports

KG on Andrea Bargnani talking trash to him: I don’t speak Italian (Video)

Kevin Garnett Andrea BargnaniKevin Garnett and Andrea Bargnani got into a mini skirmish during the fourth quarter of the New York Knicks’ whooping of the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night that led to double-technical fouls. A minute later, Bargnani received another technical foul and automatic ejection after trash-talking Garnett.

After the game, KG was mum on what Bargnani said to him. What was funny was the way he comically joked that he didn’t understand whatever Bargnani said because he doesn’t speak Italian:

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Carmelo Anthony: Andrea Bargnani trade was a ‘steal’ for New York Knicks

andrea-bargnaniThe New York Knicks made a fairly significant splash earlier this offseason when they acquired Andrea Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors. The 7-foot center has played in only 66 games over the past two seasons because of injuries, but he should be able provide the Knicks with some much-needed front court offense if healthy.

While in Las Vegas coaching his Team Melo summer league program, Carmelo Anthony was asked about the moves the Knicks have made this offseason. Overall, he seemed pleased with the front office.

“I’ve been staying under the radar,” Anthony told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I let them do what they do. We got [Metta World Peace], and I think [Andrea] Bargnani was really a steal for us. He’ll help us spread the floor. We got J.R. [Smith] back and we kept the core guys together.”

Smith is expected to miss 3-4 months after undergoing knee surgery, though New York invested a lot of money in him with a four-year, $24.7 million extension earlier this month. The World Peace signing will give the Knicks depth and experience in addition to bolstering their defense. However, Anthony did acknowledge that the Brooklyn Nets have made the sexier moves.

“It’s special what [Brooklyn] did,” Carmelo added. “J-Kidd will have four or five future Hall of Famers. I played with him for a year and also with USA Basketball and I know his mentality. He knows the game. It won’t be hard for him to deal with those guys because he’ll put them in position and only have to tell them things one time.”

The Nets certainly grabbed more headlines than the Knicks, but that isn’t always a good thing. The product on the court has to live up to the hype. New York was closer to being a championship contender than Brooklyn last season, so the Knicks didn’t necessarily need to do as much as the Nets to improve. Time will tell if either team has done enough.

Sam Mitchell: Raptors made me coddle Andrea Bargnani

andrea-bargnaniAndrea Bargnani was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2006 and has not developed into the franchise player the Toronto Raptors hoped he would become. The team has had one winning season since he was drafted, and they actually started winning this season after he got hurt. Though he is talented, one of his big problems seems to be his mental toughness.

Sam Mitchell coached the Raptors four and a half seasons and led the team to the playoffs twice. He was the team’s coach when Bargnani was drafted, and he says he wasn’t able to coach the Italian player the way he would have liked.

During an appearance on “Tim & Sid” on the Fan 590 in Toronto, Mitchell says the organization coddled Bargnani.

“I would say my biggest problem with Andrea is I wasn’t allowed to coach Andrea the way I was allowed to coach Jose (Calderon). I was a hard ass on Jose. I was hard on him,” said Mitchell, “but look at the type of player he turned out to be.”

Calderon was drafted by the team the year before, and he has developed into a fine point guard.

“I was not allowed to be that tough on Andrea because the organization thought he couldn’t take it. My whole thing is, if he can’t take it, then we can’t build around him,” said Mitchell.

“No one thought Jose could take it, but look at how Jose did.”

Mitchell was asked by the hosts how early the team decided Bargnani couldn’t handle harsh coaching.

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