Brooklyn Nets center Andrea Bargnani went through his first practice since injuring his hamstring, participating through the first half of team practice. Bargnani, who has missed practices and three preseason games with a tight left hamstring, said he “felt good” during the half-practice, in which he participated in full contact.
Bargnani has suffered a variety of injuries over the last four seasons that have limited his ability to play, missing 175 of a possible 312 games. “It’s always important to stay healthy, start healthy, finish healthy,” Bargnani added. “Health is everything.”
It’s not clear if Bargnani would play in Brooklyn’s next preseason game, which is Wednesday against the Boston Celtics in Barclays Center. “I would do every practice, I would play every game if it were up to me,” Bargnani said. “But we’ve got to be conscious, and get back when I’m 100 percent.”
The Nets have had quite the injury list in the last week. Bojan Bogdanovic (sore right ankle) and Willie Reed (right quad strain) returned to practice after battling injuries, both running full contact for the entire practice. Thomas Robinson (right wrist sprain) performed non-contact drills. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (sprained right ankle) did not practice. Markel Brown (left oblique strain) has been ruled out through preseason, and Chris McCullough (recovering from ACL surgery) is expected to be out until at least January.