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Andrea Bargnani catches pneumonia, still not with Italian team

Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

Toronto Raptors’ Andrea Bargnani sits on the bench during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto, February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)


Recently acquired Knick Andrea Bargnani is expected to play with the Italian National team at EuroBasket next month, except right now he is not with the team.

We told you a few days ago a respiratory infection has caused him to miss several tune-up games and more than a week of practice. While he hopes to be back for the Sept. 7 tournament tip off, he’s not sure he can.

You want more details? Bargnani said it was Pneumonia on twitter (in Italian). All he said in English was this.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that even with treatment will take a few weeks to clear up. This has apparently dragged on a little bit, but it shouldn’t impact the Knicks at all, he’ll be fine by camp

The Knick are counting on Bargnani to space the floor and provide a little scoring punch to the bench units. Basically what the Raptors hoped Bargnani would do, but they gave up on that hope.