Anderson: Bargnani will succeed

July, 31, 2013
New Net Alan Anderson knows Andrea Bargnani pretty well. He played with him in Toronto for two seasons, one of which was the worst season of Bargnani's career.

So Anderson was asked on Wednesday about Bargnani and his new role with the Knicks.

[+] EnlargeAndrea Bargnani
Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesAn ex-teammate thinks Andrea Bargnani will do well with this change of scenery.
He gave his ex-teammate a vote of confidence, predicting that Bargnani will turn things around with a change of scenery.

"Yeah. I think so. Bargnani, he's an amazing player man, but he's not a yelling, energetic, show-a-lot-of-emotion-type player. He's a player that just shows his emotions through his game," Anderson said on a conference call with reporters. "A change of scenery is always good for some guys if they haven't [taken] their team or whatever to where the fans and media think they should.

"There should be a little weight off his shoulders going over to the Knicks with a Melo and a J.R. Smith, you've got those guys that can really help you."

The Knicks dealt Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, two second-round picks and a first-rounder (2016) to land Bargnani.

The former No. 1 pick fell out of favor in Toronto and said earlier this month that he was looking forward to a fresh start in New York.

Anderson, who agreed to terms with the Nets last week, also thinks that Brooklyn has enough talent to top the Knicks and take the Atlantic Division.

"No question. We have the talent for sure. It's going to come down to just putting all our pieces together. We have a team full of stars and a lot of Hall of Famers," Anderson said. "We have a lot of veteran leadership, that's a plus, and we've got guys that want to win and want to get better. I think that's always a good thing when you have all those things in place."

The Nets added Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry via a trade with Boston and signed Andrei Kirilenko and Anderson over the summer.

With all of that talent on the roster, Anderson knows it may be tough to find playing time, but he's OK with that.

"I'm just gonna do what I do best and that's come in the game and bring in energy, whether that's playing defense, rebounding, scoring, creating," Anderson said. "Whatever it is, just do it and do it at a high, intense level. Our roster is so deep, some nights I might not play and some nights, I might play a lot. It's a team thing and we have one goal, which is to win."

You can follow Ian Begley on Twitter.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer



Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.


Carmelo Anthony
24.2 3.1 1.0 35.7
ReboundsC. Anthony 6.6
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.7
StealsS. Larkin 1.2
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3