The second New York Knicks player that was scheduled to compete in the European Championships has elected to skip the event.
Just as newly acquired Andrea Bargnani elected to withdraw from EuroBasket, newly signed point guard Beno Udrih has also elected to skip the event.
However while Bargnani had to leave the Italian team due to pneumonia, Udrih seems to be putting team ahead of country.
Udrih has battled injuries in the past and now that he has signed with the Knicks, this just looks like a safety move. And unlike Bargnani, who Knicks’ fans would have liked to seen what he has at this point, they already know what they will be getting in Udrih.
Knicks’ point guards have battled injuries the past couple of seasons, so it makes sense for Udrih to forgo the competition and focus solely on contending for a championship.
Both Udrih and Pablo Prigioni will be backing up Raymond Felton to start the season and with the way Mike Woodson liked to use two point guard sets a season ago, the Knicks certainly can’t afford for either guy to be hurt coming into camp.
Even though Slovenia won’t have the services of Udrih, they should be fine. They still have Goran Dragic at the point and other quality players including Bostjan Nachbar.
EuroBasket tips off Sept. 7.
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