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    In depth article about our ambidextrous RJ. Seems he can shoot jumpers with his right hand and one if his coaches says his form is better right. He models his game after The Beard, doesn't have the handle of Harden and that step back 3 I saw yesterday was the first time I ever saw him attempt one.


    PHILADELPHIA — RJ Barrett, a lefty, is right-handed. That’s not a paradox.
    Barrett is a natural right-hander. He does everything with his right hand, except shoot a basketball. For that he goes to his left hand.
    “I’ve been told I have a better shooting form with my right,” Barrett said this week. “But I’m more comfortable with my left.”
    The comment raised a few eyebrows because of Barrett’s shooting struggles this season and over his career. If there is one question about him and his future, it’s if he can eventually get his jumper to a good place. This season, he’s shooting 38.9 percent from the floor and 30.7 percent on 3s. Last season, he hit just 26.9 percent of his NBA-range 3s at Duke.
    The shot has been a work-in-progress for Barrett. He worked with notable basketball trainer Drew Hanlen before the draft last spring and made some tweaks. He’s continued to work with him throughout this season (Hanlen was in New York earlier this month). Barrett has also worked with Allan Houston. They spent some time working on his shot before the Knicks’ home game against the Pacers, and the Knicks executive has accompanied the team on the road this week. Houston’s advice has been for Barrett to go straight up because he has a tendency to drift.
    On the court, Barrett says he’s ambidextrous. As a child, he shot with both hands but then gravitated to his left. He feels more comfortable dribbling with his right hand. He’s spent time focusing on finishing with his right hand, and trying to make good reads going either way.
    He’s strictly a lefty shooter, though, says Dwayne Washington, Barrett’s youth coach with the UPLAYCanada AAU team. But Washington agrees that Barrett’s form is better right-handed. He’s also not worried about Barrett’s shooting in the long-term, citing players who struggled as rookie before making strides and becoming good shooters.
    “He does have a much better form (right-handed),” Washington said. “You usually have a better form with the off-hand because you’re doing everything textbook and you’re overthinking and you know it has to be perfect.”
    He adds: “We haven’t messed with the right hand before. We just kept it simple with his left because it’s so late, you don’t want to change. He writes right-handed. He only plays basketball left. He does everything else right. He’s 100 percent right-handed, or left-brained.”
    Barrett has an equal tendency to drive left and right off the catch, going left 17.4 percent of the time each, according to Synergy Sports, but the results have been vastly different. He’s averaging 1.04 points per possession when he drives left in those situations — in the 82nd percentile — and he’s in the 1st percentile when he drives right.
    Barrett’s indoctrination to the NBA has been rocky, no matter the hand he uses. He’s already seen his first coach fired, as well as the team president who drafted him. His shooting has been inconsistent. He ranks in the 14th percentile in points per possession in the half court. But he also has shown evidence of one day becoming a volume scorer — he’s averaging 13.7 points this season — and a playmaker, when there has been enough space for him to flash his passing and awareness. Barrett has been a rare bright spot in a 17-42 season for the Knicks.
    He also views this season a learning experience. Every night provides an education.
    Monday, in Houston, he guarded James Harden. Barrett drew some comparisons to the Rockets star during the pre-draft process, some perhaps because they’re both left-handed, and some because they’ve both got a knack for getting to the rim. That’s the part Barrett says he’s modeled his game after Harden’s.
    “I like the way he goes to the basket and gets fouled,” Barrett said. “It’s crazy.”
    That’s become a skill for Barrett this season, too. He’s taken 48 percent of his shots at the rim — putting him in the 90th percentile among all wings, according to Cleaning The Glass. A majority of his shots — 59.6 percent entering Thursday — have come within 10 feet of the basket. And he’s been elite at drawing shooting fouls — he’s in the 92nd percentile of wings for how often he Barrett got Harden and the Rockets, too, scoring 21 points in Houston.

    Barrett got Harden and the Rockets, too, scoring 21 points in Houston. Barrett hopes to one day be able to match Harden’s skillful way of accelerating and decelerating around the rim. Barrett measured in the 95th to 99th percentile for his body weight in both acceleration and deceleration force at P3 Performance last year, which put him in a class with Harden and Luka Doncic. For now, Barrett says he uses those traits more in transition
    “I’m kinda just like jogging up the court,” he says, “and then …”
    His voice trails off to intimate him accelerating away. That ability to replicate Harden’s ability to do it in the lane will come later, he says, after the film sessions and work can be put in to get to that point.
    “Everything comes with time,” he said.

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    Today is a supposedly the day that Rose starts as team Pres. Knicks PR department needs to be better at getting important announcements like this communicated. One thing I heard was is he intends to take his time before making any changes of personnel, personally think that's a bad decision. The Knicks are obviously dysfunctional and need a major reorganization, heads should roll before the end of the month so they can get on with the business of the draft, coaching change and the new GM. If he wants to leave the Westchester team alone fine or the assistants coaches and make Miller the lead assistant fine but naming the new GM and new coach puts Rose's stamp on the team. He's got to have an idea about who he wants in those 2 jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Today is a supposedly the day that Rose starts as team Pres. Knicks PR department needs to be better at getting important announcements like this communicated. One thing I heard was is he intends to take his time before making any changes of personnel, personally think that's a bad decision. The Knicks are obviously dysfunctional and need a major reorganization, heads should roll before the end of the month so they can get on with the business of the draft, coaching change and the new GM. If he wants to leave the Westchester team alone fine or the assistants coaches and make Miller the lead assistant fine but naming the new GM and new coach puts Rose's stamp on the team. He's got to have an idea about who he wants in those 2 jobs.
    Maybe this is a change for the better. Rose not wanting to take the spotlight could be a good thing. You have to hope he has a plan behind the scenes, but I could do without a front office blabbering nonsense to the media after the Steve Mills era.

    Letting guys finish the season is okay with me. I just hope he brings in a new shooting coach. We apparently donít have one since Keith Smart was let go.

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    Just read on ESPN a fairly long letter from Rose to the fans.

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    Emphasis of Roseís letter is building a winning organization by making decisions beneficial in both the short and long term. Also, Rose emphasizes in his letter the importance of relationships and this may be why he doesnít want to further dismantle our coaching staff with the season already a lost cause.

    I wonder if Rose is going to stay supportive of Miller to finish the season to mitigate the PR disaster caused by our ďPR expertĒ Steve Stoute not too long ago.

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    1- No press conferences to announce firing of Fiz, then firing of Mills, then no presser to announce hiring of Stout and Rose. There are media obligations in NBA! Iím sure players would be fined if they wouldnít talk to the press.

    2- Donít invite Marv Albert back to participate in 1969-1970 title (50th celebration).

    3- After best win of the year.... overshadowed bc of this petty Spike spat!

    When will Silver and NBA step in! Ownership is a privilege, not a right. Ask former LAC owner about having team taken from you.

    When is enough enough? Itís worse enough we stink for 25/50 years... but to shut out fans, taunt fans, threaten fans.... Dolan has lost the privilege to own this franchise.

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    This Spike Lee incident takes the cake. Here you have the biggest Knicks fan in history on par with Jack and the Lakers and you call him out because the entrance he's been using for years isn't the right one. $hit, the guy deserves his own separate door if you ask me.

    The guy pays mucho bucks for those seats and has for years, travels to the road games and is the most passionate fan Dolan has got on top of him spending a fortune on the second rate product Dolan has put out there for years. He lives in Brooklyn, Spike should stop coming to MSG and go to Nets game instead, I doubt he gets the Dolan treatment at Barclays.

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    I remember meeting Spike at a game in 1987, when he sat in the 6th row or something. To be insulted like that, then assaulted again with a verbal barb volleyed at him via a press release.

    We can only hope Dolan was placed on some double secret probation after the Oakley fiasco... and this is the final straw that motivates a coalition of powerful and willing owners to oust this dime-store tyrant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    This Spike Lee incident takes the cake. Here you have the biggest Knicks fan in history on par with Jack and the Lakers and you call him out because the entrance he's been using for years isn't the right one. $hit, the guy deserves his own separate door if you ask me.

    The guy pays mucho bucks for those seats and has for years, travels to the road games and is the most passionate fan Dolan has got on top of him spending a fortune on the second rate product Dolan has put out there for years. He lives in Brooklyn, Spike should stop coming to MSG and go to Nets game instead, I doubt he gets the Dolan treatment at Barclays.

    Lee was really upset .. he brought up Oakley, no chip since the 70s, no Leon Rose press conference.
    Said they denied him the use of a ramp at MSG without notice. Curious timing with Rose entering the picture at the same time.
    Really weird move by Dolan !!!

    On Yahoo sports
    Lee did make it into the arena and was in his seat at game time. The New York Daily News reported that James Dolan, owner of the Knicks and Madison Square Garden, came down to clear the air with Lee at halftime, and that Lee was no longer angry. Lee then got to watch his beloved Knicks improbably beat the surging Rockets, so the night could have definitely ended worse.

    On CBS sports:
    "I'm being harassed by James Dolan, and I don't know why," Lee said. "How is it the wrong entrance if I've been using the same entrance for 28 years! It's Garden spin!"
    Lee explained what happened last night at the Knicks game that turned into a viral video on Twitter. The director said that after entering the employee entrance to MSG and getting his ticket scanned, security told him that he had to leave the arena and enter on the other side. Lee said Knicks owner James Dolan approached Lee at halftime saying the two needed to talk, but Lee did not want to hear what he had to say.

    Better question is why the need for the sudden policy change? MSG could have written to Lee, email, text, or called him.
    They couldnt extend that small courtesy to a 28 year season ticket holder who has promoted the Knicks brand in his films and music videos? Really?
    Last but not least, they could have told Lee that due to a policy change it would be the last time he could use that entrance. Instead they tried to make him leave MSG, and go to another entrance with a punched ticket.
    I see all that as being very disrespectful !!!
    Really weird move by Dolan !!!

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    Dolan kicked out a bunch of kids last night for chanting ďSell the team.Ē Then MsG lies about doing it.

    It never ceases with this guy.

    Hey Silver.... Help!!!

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    [QUOTE=Kiyaman;325490]
    Better question is why the need for the sudden policy change? MSG could have written to Lee, email, text, or called him.
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    well according to the garden, they did contact spike... SO... lets see the email/s, text/s.... etc .. asking him to use the 'plantation ' entrance.....

    i will say i don't like spike...BUT... this 'dick' is the world's biggest knick fan... and any bizz-man would /should roll out the red carpet for him....but ofcourse jimmy isn't a bizz-man... he acquired msg from daddy... and he won't sell, nor can he be forced to sell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    He's had a great season and at an age where people start talking about players declining athletically, he shocked everyone by dunking in the ASG. Doesn't really rely on athleticism anyway so the things he brings to the table the Knicks could use. I could see OKC agreeing to a deal for JR, Taj and DSJ and draft picks for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    He's had a great season and at an age where people start talking about players declining athletically, he shocked everyone by dunking in the ASG. Doesn't really rely on athleticism anyway so the things he brings to the table the Knicks could use. I could see OKC agreeing to a deal for JR, Taj and DSJ and draft picks for him.
    If Knicks send a first rounder for Paul Iíll officially stop being a fan.

    Look, they want to send JR and DSJ, along with a second. Fine. But, CP3 makes 40 mil a year... trading for him means no Giannis run after 2021.

    I get wanting CP3 and Melo, to have them teach the kids.... while giving fans something to root for as they battle for 8th seed. But they canít surrender much for a guy they couldíve had last summer for nada!

    I would be willing to forfeit free agent run at 2021 class for CP3... but I draw the line at first rounders

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    This would be a classic Knicks move. Always do something somewhere between 1 and 10 seasons too late.

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