Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/1/13
Carmelo Anthony privately pined for a secondary scorer in the offseason. And so far after the first practice of training camp Anthony is talking like he has got one in the Knicks’ key offseason acquisition Andrea Bargnani. Anthony even said he would be willing to slide over from power forward to small forward to make room in the starting lineup for the 6-foot-11 Italian. Anthony also tried taking the pressure off Bargnani who became the scapegoat in Toronto after failing to become an All-Star after being No. 1 overall pick in 2006. “There ain’t no pressure on him” Anthony said of Bargnani handling the move to New York. “You come in and do what you got to do and play ball. All the pressure’s on me. It should be easy for him. It should be an easy transition for him adjusting. Just do it the right way it should be easy for him.’’ Bargnani played just 66 of a possible 152 regular-season games the past two seasons for the Raptors because of various injuries prompting the June 29 trade. Bargnani said no matter what Anthony says there always is pressure as a Knick. “New York is a different situation than Toronto’’ Bargnani said. “The pressure is on him of course but it’s on the team because there’s a lot of expectation on the team.’’ During yesterday’s halfcourt sets Bargnani wore the starting blue jersey with Anthony Tyson Chandler up front and Metta World Peace wore white. Coach Mike Woodson said his starting lineup hasn’t been determined but a frontcourt of Chandler-Bargnani-Anthony is a distinct possibility. The Knicks coach hinted at Bargnani’s familiarity with that role. “We’ll use camp to evaluate to see where we are’’ Woodson said. “He’s been a starter pretty much all his career but time will tell. I’m going to have some options this year.’’ Starting Bargnani means Anthony would have to return to small forward. Having World Peace start would allow Anthony to stay at the 4. But it should be noted Toronto insiders say Bargnani always performed well against Indiana’s David West and Miami’s Chris Bosh — likely the East’s two most formidable teams. Anthony said he is comfortable at either position. “Playing the 3 4 it’s all the same. I’m cool with it” he said. “It’s up to Coach Woodson. It’s early right now to pick a starting lineup. By the end of the week we’ll start figuring things out. “I’m looking forward to getting up and down the court with Bargnani. I know his capabilities. For me it helps me a lot now to have another stretch 4 who can stretch the floor shoot and create of the dribble. It’s another weapon we have.’’
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