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    Just tuning in and the Knicks now lead 51-50 at the half. Barrett with 11 on 3-5 shooting along with 5Fts. Knicks trivia, Kevin Knox dad played with Charlie Ward on that FL football team.


    Barrett is the only top pick that has played in every game. Looks like he's an excellent RBer for a wing along with being a good penetrator and finisher. Has 6 RBs and 7dimes middle of the 3rd.

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    Wooten looks looks like a pogo stick out there blocking 2 shots after subbing for MRob.He's got 5 in 7mins, the record is 7, MRob had 6 last SL.

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    It was a consolation Summer League game, but if you’re not encouraged as a Knick fan by RJ putting up 21 points, 10 assists, and 8 boards, I don’t know what more he could have done.

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    RJ show the 3 things that made him special in my book:

    1) Availability. His body is built for this.
    2) Attitude. He exudes confidence. It’s infectious and sincere.
    3). Winning. Knicks would’ve won first game (if not for earthquake). They lost second game in OT. Got blown out in third game but responded with back 2 back wins.

    Let others cry over the shooting, as if a teenage kid w/ work ethic, who wants to be great, won’t improve. He did just the last 3 games.

    He is a triple double machine!

    Our kids with our vets... we have deepest team in NBA. If RJ plays like this, with Randle and dSJ emerging... we could battle for a playoff spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Wooten looks looks like a pogo stick out there blocking 2 shots after subbing for MRob.He's got 5 in 7mins, the record is 7, MRob had 6 last SL.
    I like Wooten. Word is NYK we’re prepared to draft him, but then Iggy fell.

    He’s probably getting a 2-way contract. But might struggle this year for playing time with all our bigs. Still, he’s a developmental guy, ready to backup MRob in 2 seasons.

    Did Wilks even play in SL?

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    Recap over on knicksonline.com (from a dude who wanted culver over RJ):

    “Yeah, we gotta start with RJ. He dominated the Wiz on the scoreboard to the tune of 21 points (including an efficient 7-13 shooting), 10 assists and eight rebounds. His game was about more than just the numbers, though — and this is coming from a noted critic who accused RJ of stat-padding while at Duke. The Knicks played like a well-oiled machine when RJ had the ball and fell apart when he was on the bench. He knifed through the defense, getting layups, drawing fouls and dropping the shiniest of dimes. He could’ve had four or five more assists, as some of his scrub teammates blew golden scoring opportunities off RJ passes. Following three games of struggle (and a fourth game where he played much better, even if his shooting didn’t come around) it was like RJ saw through the Matrix this afternoon. And it was glorious.”

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    “Pretty much all the other real Knicks had good games, including Ignas Brazdeikis (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Mitchell Robinson (18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 block)...

    Five Knicks players scored in double digits on Saturday: Brazdeikis (17), Kevin Knox (15), Robinson (18), Barrett (21), Tyler Cavanaugh (19).“

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    Why can’t RJ be our Ben Simmons in 2 years?

    I think he can be groomed to play PG... just sayin’...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Why can’t RJ be our Ben Simmons in 2 years?
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    I think he can be groomed to play PG... just sayin’...
    Come on Mafra he’s not a PG. He can fill in but he can be a star at the wing but a middling PG that needs to improve his handle along with his shooting. Better he puts in more time on his perimeter game than dividing it on his handle and shooting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Come on Mafra he’s not a PG. He can fill in but he can be a star at the wing but a middling PG that needs to improve his handle along with his shooting. Better he puts in more time on his perimeter game than dividing it on his handle and shooting.

    I said RJ can be T-Mac before the draft and I stand by that. In a way we may need him to be when you look at our team 2yrs from now. Yeah he can work on other aspects of his game more but he might more "naturally" be a playmaker first. There's no harm in this at all
    Last edited by Broadway; Jul 13, 2019 at 23:29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Come on Mafra he’s not a PG. He can fill in but he can be a star at the wing but a middling PG that needs to improve his handle along with his shooting. Better he puts in more time on his perimeter game than dividing it on his handle and shooting.
    Not me saying this, although I agree with it. They were saying that on the broadcast...

    It won’t be something this year.... even tho they’ll run the ball through him. Think Harden and TMac.

    He may not be PG in name but, for all intents and purposes, he’ll be the primary ball handler.

    Obviously, they’ll prefer to have RJ work in shot and get comfortable.... but regardless... wing or PG... he’ll be the dominant ball-handler/lfacilitator.

    And, again, why not?

    3rd year in the league and Simmons made just 2 shots all season beyond 15 feet. RJ can certainly be that in his 3rd season, no?

    His handle not as bad as Knox’s... and, sure... he’ll need a lead guard out there (like Harden and MJ and Kobe)... but, like all those ball dominant wing (SG) types... they control the flow of the offense, especially in the 4th.

    That was his thing at duke... grab the defensive board and take off. He can pass too... when he wants!

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    I could totally see us running an offense where on 50% of our possessions, it is RJ who brings the ball up and runs the offense.

    Unlike last year, Fizdale is going to have a bunch of options to get creative on offense and defense. Time to show some improvement this season.

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    Yes!

    We have a bunch of actual NBA rotation bodies. Minutes must be earned...
    This team the talent to be a playoff team, if they play as a team.

    Up to FIZ to start coaching and stop talking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    I could totally see us running an offense where on 50% of our possessions, it is RJ who brings the ball up and runs the offense.

    Unlike last year, Fizdale is going to have a bunch of options to get creative on offense and defense. Time to show some improvement this season.
    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Not me saying this, although I agree with it. They were saying that on the broadcast...

    It won’t be something this year.... even tho they’ll run the ball through him. Think Harden and TMac.

    He may not be PG in name but, for all intents and purposes, he’ll be the primary ball handler.

    Obviously, they’ll prefer to have RJ work in shot and get comfortable.... but regardless... wing or PG... he’ll be the dominant ball-handler/lfacilitator.

    And, again, why not?

    3rd year in the league and Simmons made just 2 shots all season beyond 15 feet. RJ can certainly be that in his 3rd season, no?

    His handle not as bad as Knox’s... and, sure... he’ll need a lead guard out there (like Harden and MJ and Kobe)... but, like all those ball dominant wing (SG) types... they control the flow of the offense, especially in the 4th.

    That was his thing at duke... grab the defensive board and take off. He can pass too... when he wants!
    I just want him to start, whatever you want to call him PG SG. He’s not ready for what D’Ants did with Harden and turn over the keys to him but Harden before D’Antoni had much of the ball handling responsibility and he’s always been a terrific passer. I could see him being that 2 years from now but for now he’ll be on the floor with DSJ EP and you won’t see lineups without DSJ EP or even Nits if he shows improvement this season.

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    Exactly. Just as Harden spent time off the ball...

    Point is, and it’s significant bc Knicks haven’t had a viable PG, for the most part, in a generation.

    The urgency won’t be as bad in 2 years, if DSJ/Knits fail... bc in his 3rd-4th season, RJ will be our de facto PG.

    Anyway... like you said... If NY does this right, in summer 2021... RJ’s standing in the league should be on par or greater than what Tatum and Ingram are right now.

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    Rookie shooting guard RJ Barrett wanted to play the final summer league game, a consolation finale Saturday against Washington.

    Knicks brass was leaning toward shutting him down after four games to avoid an injury, but Barrett felt there was more to gain.

    Barrett is glad he played, finishing with a near triple-double in his most efficient outing in Las Vegas as the Knicks beat the Wizards, 103-87, at UNLV.

    Shooting 7-of-13, Barrett posted his third straight double-double game. He got to the basket and notched 21 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and just two turnovers.

    “I love to play basketball — if I have opportunity to play, why would I sit out?’’ Barrett said on NBA TV.


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    Coach K was talking about how Zion shouldn’t have played... doing draft circuit interviews and appearances meant his body and game weren’t in shape...

    Take our blowout loss to TOR... they had dudes who were in league for 2-3 seasons already. They are fighting for their careers and have probably trained for SL for 2 months.

    RJ rolled up and played all 5 games and really would’ve been 3-2, had they finished the first contest.

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