Benefiting from ‘a change of scenery,’ Alan Anderson thinks Andrea Bargnani will thrive as a New York Knick

If the Italian plays soft, Knicks fans will chase Andrea Bargnani back to Europe.

Calling the Italian an “amazing player,” shooting guard Alan Anderson thinks Andrea Bargnani will flourish as a New York Knick this season.

New York acquired the 27-year-old Bargnani on July 10 in a trade with the Toronto Raptors.

“A change of scenery is good for some guys, especially if they haven’t took their team to where the fans or media think they should win,” said Anderson, 30, a rugged defender who last week left Toronto to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. “The change of scenery is good, and now he’s got a little bit of weight off his shoulders going to the Knicks, with Melo, J.R. Smith, Amar’e – you’ve got those guys who can really help you blossom even more.”

Taken first overall by Toronto in 2006, the 7-foot, 256 pound Bargnani averaged 15.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks over 433 games as a Raptor.

However, brittle and possibly lacking testicular fortitude, the passive Italian has a lot to prove as an employee at The World’s Most Famous Arena.

Going 54-28 and advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Knicks certainly had an impressive 2012-2013 campaign.

However, it’s impossible to claim that New York is better than the Nets, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls or Indiana Pacers.

Unless Andrea Bargnani manages to “blossom even more” on the hardwood, the Knicks are destined to disappoint in Gotham next winter.

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