Knicks fans were split about the acquisition of Andrea Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors.  While some thought it was good to get a shooter who could space the floor without giving up much, some thought the Knicks gave up too much for a big man who can’t rebound the ball or play defense.  When asked about it Carmelo Anthony was a part of the former.  Read more after the jump.

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Speaking at his basketball camp at Queens College Saturday, Anthony lamented losing key teammates from last season’s 54-28 squad but said getting Bargnani was a “steal.” He’s convinced the Knicks will be better.

“I hate to lose [Steve] Novak and [Marcus] Camby,” he said, “but when you get someone like [Bargnani] in return, it’s kind of a win-win situation.”

The 7-foot forward, the No. 1 overall pick of the Toronto Raptors in 2006, averaged 12.7 points and 3.7 rebounds last season. It was his lowest point total since he averaged 10.2 points per game in 2007-08. “Hopefully, Bargnani will want to come in and prove something, come in with a chip on his shoulder and be ready to rock,” Anthony said.