"Italy are playing their first friendly game on Wednesday night, in Trento against Georgia, but on Tuesday they learnt that neither Andrea Bargnani nor Achille Polonara will be taking to the court.
Bargnani has had to stop any training activity, as he contracted a respiratory system infection, has high fever and is undergoing therapy.
Although speculation about the big man's recovery times is rife, there is no indication right now to suggest his participation at the EuroBasket is under jeopardy.
The New York Knicks player however will definitely not overcome the infection by the time the curtain comes down on the Trentino Basket Cup tournament, so he will also not play against Israel or Poland, Italy's next opponents after their premiere with Georgia."
Can't say I'm not a little happy at the fact that bargnani willl be sidelined again. Wouldn't look good on the raptors if he came back from euro basket lighter and more agile. I'm hoping the knicks get treated to the same chubby, lackadaisical performances we saw last season.