David Fizdale is tired of questions about RJ Barrett and load management.
The second-year head coach of the Knicks had a simple response for a reporter Sunday when asked about the rookie guard's minutes after the team's 113-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
"He's got the day off tomorrow," Fizdale said.
Fizdale referenced the Knicks' off day Monday, which follows with the team's two-game road trip at the Detroit Pistons (Wednesday, 7 p.m. ET) and then the Dallas Mavericks (Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET).
Barrett logged a game-high 40 minutes against the Kings (2-5).
The Knicks (1-6) have relied on Barrett, who averages 37.1 minutes per game, but Fizdale dismissed any notion that the 2019 NBA draft's No. 3 overall pick out of Duke needed to get some rest.
"We've got to get off this 'load management' crap," Fizdale said. "Latrell Sprewell averaged 42 minutes for a season. Like, this kid's 19 years old. Like, drop it already."
Sprewell, who played for the Knicks from 1998-03, actually averaged 43.1 minutes through 77 games during his All-Star sophomore season in 1993-94 with the Golden State Warriors.
But the point still stands.
And for the record, Barrett boasts the same thought process as his coach when he hears load management.
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"What you think?" Barrett said with a laugh. "I'm good. I'm 19. I'm 19. I'm good.
"If feel like if I wasn't (good with it), I would've told him."
Barrett had an up-and-down game against the Kings, struggling in the first half before making strides down the stretch of the 21-point blowout.
He ultimately scored 22 points, shooting 8 for 20 (40.0 percent) from the field, with five rebounds and three assists.
Only seven games into his rookie year, Barrett has been tested with a long way to go, but no one -- himself included -- is making excuses.
"I'm good. I've got more basketball to go. Got more basketball to go," Barrett said. "Everything that happens, that has happened already, is only in everybody's minds. Moving forward, we can turn it all the way around and nobody would even remember that we had this bad start."
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