In lieu of a press conference, the Knicks held a conference call today to make Andrea Bargnani and Glen Grunwald available to reporters following the trade that brought Bargnani to New York. Here are some things from that:
- Just as we guessed, he chose number 77 because Carmelo Anthony already wears 7.
- His elbow-- which limited him severely last season-- is supposedly "100 percent healthy". We'll get to watch him play for Italy in EuroBasket this September. (Forgot to mention this, but while we're on the subject of FIBA tournaments: Pablo Prigioni won't play for Argentina this summer, though he will visit his home country again for other reasons.)
- He'll focus really hard on improving his defense and rebounding!
- He foresees Bargnani and Amar'e Stoudemire sharing the floor sometimes, which sounds like a whooooole lot of excitement.
- He's not nearly as worked up about losing a first-rounder as we are.
- The Knicks will look for a third point guard in free agency, but they're also going to keep an eye on the Summer League roster (including Iman Shumpert) for a guy to fill that role.
- In general, the Knicks may only guarantee a few more guys, leaving room for Summer League players to make the final cut of 15.
- They're obviously looking for help up front, too, and Kenyon Martin's on the line.
- He's still waiting on some free agents to become available.
- This was ominous:
Grunwald: "I’m pretty optimistic we’re going to add some good good players to our team in the not so distant future."— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) July 11, 2013
- The Knicks announced during the conference call that J.R. Smith had officially been signed.
- Whatever. If you say so.
- Amar'e Stoudemire's group's bid to buy a team in Israel went through. Amar'e is now a co-owner of Hapoel Jerusalem. Mazel tov!
Business! Now all the things the Knicks did last week are official. Time to do more things.