Between ousting team president Steve Mills and constant trade deadline rumors swirling around the Knicks, it's hard to focus on the positive right now in New York. However, rookie G RJ Barrett did shed some good light on his status heading into Thursday night's game against the Magic.
Barrett has missed the past nine games with a sprained right ankle, but he said this following practice on Wednesday:
"Tomorrow is a possibility, but nothing's for sure yet," he said.
Barrett was a full practice participant, and he said he felt good on that ankle during it.
"I'm feeling good. Just working every day," he explained. "Y'all saw me running up and down, so I'm feeling a lot better.
"I was having fun just being back out there."
The Duke product was, of course, asked about Mills and if he spoke to him following his departure from the team. Barrett admitted he did, and while he kept the details of the conversation secret, he said he wishes him nothing but the best.
But Barrett can't focus on that right now. He wants to get back out on the floor to hopefully help his team move forward in a positive direction. He's currently averaging 14.1 points with 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 39.3 percent from the field. That production gave him an invite to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend next week.