R.J. Barrett after training the Knicks: "It's the place I want to be".


Clear and simple: R.J. Barrett wants to be a New York Knick.

Duke played for the team on Monday and then indicated that it is in Mecca that he wants to start his career in the NBA.

"That's where I want to be, so I hope I'm called," Barrett told reporters after the training session.

Barrett confirms what his relatives have already told him about wanting to play in New York. SNY's Ian Begley spoke to his long-time coach, Dwayne Washington, who said Barrett was ready to face all that New York had to offer. Whether it's the tough media atmosphere or the strong pressure of winning again in MSG, he's ready to pave the way.

"RJ can accept criticism, he has been in the media all his life, he has answered difficult questions, he knew that the spotlight would come back to him (in high school and at university)", said Washington. "And he wants New York, you have guys from New York, you have guys who do not want that heat, they do not want a fire, they do not want high expectations.

"You have players who want to go to small towns to hide, earn money, the cost of living is low and they are good, no, not RJ, he wants to be in New York."

Barrett also said that he would not train for any other team after this one with the Knicks. From the NBA Combine in Chicago, the Knicks were Barrett's only official visit to the team. So, after doing dribbling and shooting today, the 6-foot-7 left guard is confident that he will be one of the top prospects in the June 20 draft.

Last season with Duke, Barrett was a beast, averaging 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists, while shooting 45.4%. While the Knicks would need to further develop their game, Barrett has already demonstrated his natural ability to score at all levels on the ground, work extremely well outside the pick and roll and defend many positions on the ground with his frame.

That's what he was trying to show the Knicks during his workout.

"Really, I can do anything on the field: pass, shoot, dribble, just try to show them that," he said.

We still have to wait to see if the Knicks' desire matches Barrett's desire to bring the rookie to New York. But after his workout today and a dinner later tonight with the team's leaders, Barrett could convince them to impose a real lock on him with choice number three.


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