New York Knicks‘ rising star RJ Barrett will be busy over the next three summers after committing to the Canadian national basketball team in their 2024 Paris Olympic quest. Barrett, alongside Denver Nuggets star guard Jamal Murray, leads the 14-man pool who have agreed to come to camp even if they are injured and unable to play. The 21-year-old Barrett sustained a right sprained knee in the Knicks’ penultimate game, but he is expected to be ready for the third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 qualifiers this July.
The Knicks' third-year man is one of 14 players who have agreed to a three-year Canadian commitment.
With his sprained knee apparently 100 percent, RJ Barrett will get a chance to play on a big stage — for his country and his father — before the Knicks open training camp. During a press conference for Team Canada, it was disclosed 14 players — including Barrett — have committed to participating in all international qualifying events ahead of the 2024 Olympics. Rowan Barrett, RJ’s father who raised his son in the Toronto suburbs, is the team general manager. Canada failed to make the Olympics last summer by losing in the qualifying finals to Czech Republic. It was a deep disappointment...
Sweet-shooting Arizona swingman Bennedict Mathurin could very well be available for the Knicks at 11 in the 2022 NBA Draft should the Knicks choose to solidify their wing depth with another top Canadian prospect. Just about nothing gets Knicks fans going these days like talented players showing interest in playing...
CHICAGO — Leon Rose’s Knicks have been linked to Kentucky, but perhaps soon they can be linked to Canada by adding a second player from the Great White North. Bennedict Mathurin, the athletic Arizona wingman who is from Montreal, worked out with countryman RJ Barrett last summer in Florida, talked Knicks in French and can see being teammates with him in New York. Mathurin interviewed with the Knicks on Thursday during the NBA Draft Combine. “It would be fun, to be honest,’’ Mathurin said when asked about playing for the Knicks. “A lot of people coming to the games. I played in front...
There are plenty of reasons to be in favor of Donovan Mitchell being traded to the New York Knicks, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of RJ Barrett. The 2021-22 season wasn’t what fans hoped it would be after New York finished as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2020-21, but one of the lone bright spots was the emergence of Barrett.
After watching his draft classmates Ja Morant and Darius Garland blossom into All-Stars this season, New York Knicks lefty wing RJ Barrett feels he is next in line. That will be one of Barrett’s goals as he enters a crucial offseason. This summer, he is eligible to sign a contract extension of up to $181 million over five years. But there are rumblings he is not worth the rookie max.
New York Knicks fans got a good laugh on Monday night when the Celtics completed the series sweep over the Nets in Brooklyn. The Nets, who were the preseason favorites to win the title (lol), finished the playoffs this year with as many wins as the Knicks… zero. And...
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It’s been said a player's third season is when they show you who they’re going to be for the rest of their career. If that’s the case, then RJ Barrett is going to be a star. This year, the young Canuck took his game to another level, achieving the 20 PPG mark many Knicks fans dreamed for him averaging this season. He finished the year with 20 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 3 APG while shooting 40.8% from the field. He also emerged as the team’s best perimeter defender, post-Reggie Bullock, as he regularly chose to defend the opposing team’s best player down stretches. Not bad for the 21-year-old. He is on a trajectory that should see him become an All-Star next season. He finished this season as the team’s leader, as Julius Randle digressed statistically and vocally as the team’s engine.