RJ Barrett Rumors
Barrett, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, will be one of the focal points of the upcoming Knicks season after they didn’t land their top targets in free agency. When asked about that, the rookie downplayed the idea. “I think it’s a team, we’ve got a squad,” he said after his first Summer League practice. “I’m just a rookie coming in. I’m just trying to learn and do as much as I can to help the team.”
The group will play its first summer league game on Friday against Pelicans rookie and No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. Barrett said he laughed when he found out his first game would be against his former Duke teammate. “It’s funny that my first game ever in a uniform is against my guy so, just really excited to play,” he said. Barrett said his first Summer League practice was “high intensity” and “a lot of fun.” “I was just really trying to learn. That’s really what I came in for,” he said.
If the Knicks get spurned by Kyrie Irving, who reportedly has the Nets higher on his wish list, the Knicks would consider Rozier a prime target. “After Kyrie and Kemba, I think Rozier is next up,’’ said a person familiar with the Knicks’ thinking. “I think he’d be good with Kevin Knox and RJ (Barrett).”
Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett have yet to step on an NBA court — but they’re already shattering records when it comes to moving merch. The dynamic Duke roommates — who got picked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, in last week’s draft — sold more jerseys and shirts than any other draftees in history, according to Fanatics, the sports-licensing firm that operates the NBA’s online store as well as its brick-and-mortar flagship on Fifth Avenue.
Q: Can you visualize what it would be like, after spending the week in New York City, if the Knicks win a championship here? RJ Barrett: Man … it would be amazing. Everybody would be so proud and so happy, so hopefully we could give that to them one day. Q: Will you visualize that? RJ: Yeah, I already did [Thursday] night. Q: What did you visualize? RJ: I just visualized us winning in the Garden and everybody in tears just to see that we made it back to the top.
Q: “RJ Barrett has a 94 percent chance to become at least a starting-caliber player and an 8 percent chance to reach an all-star level,” per ESPN’s draft projections. RJ Barrett: That’s just another person’s opinion. I don’t know, I just find it funny, people say I can’t shoot and I’m not gonna be a good enough player at the next level, so if that was the case, why did I get drafted? People say things, and I don’t really care for it. It’s just when I prove everyone wrong, then people are gonna change their narrative.