Udrih out of EuroBasket tournament

In news that's good for the Knicks, but not so good for Slovenia, point guard Beno Udrih has opted not to play in the EuroBasket tournament next month, the Slovenian team announced on Monday.

That means the Knicks won't have to worry about Udrih suffering an injury during the tournament that would prevent him from playing in training camp in October.

Andrea Bargnani, the other European native on New York's roster, will not play in EuroBasket with Italy due to pneumonia. Bargnani's status for training camp is unclear at this point, but it is believed that he'll be healthy by the beginning of camp.

Udrih's EuroBasket absence comes as no surprise. He last played for his national team in 2006, during the World Championships.

He planned on playing in 2009, but hurt his knee in a friendly game before the tournament started.

In 2011, he skipped the tournament because he was getting married.

He reportedly told the Slovenian coaches that he would play this year back in January. But he removed himself from consideration in July during free agency.

His absence was confirmed on Monday when Slovenia released its roster.

So it appears that both Bargnani and Udrih -- two big acquisitions for Knicks' GM Glen Grunwald -- will be ready to go for training camp.

Good for the Knicks. Too bad for Italy and Slovenia.

T-MAC'S IMPACT ON THE KNICKS: Tracy McGrady announced his retirement on Monday on ESPN's First Take. The debate over whether McGrady belongs in the Hall of Fame will probably rage on for months.

But there's little debate over McGrady's impact on the Knicks.

As our buddy and MSG analyst Alan Hahn reminds us, McGrady made a major impact on the Knicks in just 24 games.

Ex-GM Donnie Walsh acquired McGrady in a three-team deal at the 2010 trade deadline.

The Knicks received McGrady from Houston and Sergio Rodriguez from Sacramento; the Rockets get Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento, and Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries from New York.

The deal wasn't about getting McGrady for the Knicks; it was all about creating cap space for the summer of 2010.

Bringing McGrady on helped the Knicks clear $9 million in cap space to put them around $30 million under the cap and in position to make a run at LeBron James.

Obviously, they struck out on James. But Walsh & Co. ended up with Amar'e Stoudemire and -- later -- Carmelo Anthony.

Say what you want about the Knicks in 2013, but, as Hahn points out, they are a much better team than they were in February 2010, thanks in part to the McGrady trade.

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