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LAS VEGAS - RJ Barrett isn't going to make too much of his shooting in the Knicks' first Summer League game.
"I haven't played a game in three months. I was fine. Shots didn't fall, but I'm good," the Knicks' No. 3 overall pick said on Saturday.
Barrett had 10 points on 4-for-18 shooting Friday in the Knicks' game against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans, which was cut short due to an earthquake.
It's silly to overreact to Summer League in general, particularly to one game. So making too much of Barrett's 4-for-18 night is a waste of energy. The rookie will hit the floor again on Sunday when the Knicks take on Phoenix.
Barrett was asked what kind of adjustments he'd make for Sunday's game.
"Maybe swing it sometimes. I'm going to keep shooting it. It's going to fall," he said. "…. I liked my shots, but like I said, first game. We're going to figure it out. Just work it every day."
Robinson says block of Zion was 'normal'
Mitchell Robinson blocked several of Williamson's shot attempts on Friday night, leading to a frenzied reaction on social media. Robinson, however, didn't see it as a big deal.
"I mean, I block shots. I blocked shots almost the whole season. So it wasn't really nothing new. It's a normal thing," he said. "….He's a good player. He can play. I can say that. But it's a natural thing, I just block shots."
Robinson, selected 36th in the draft by the Knicks in 2019, emerged as an elite shot-blocker in his rookie season. He was named to the Select Team at USA Basketball training camp this summer.
"Very excited. I got selected so I'm grateful for being chosen to be a part of it. So I'm very grateful," Robinson, 21, said on Saturday.
The Select Team consists of 10 up-and-coming players in the league who will train under head coach Gregg Popovich alongside 18 veteran NBA players already on the Team USA roster ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which will take place in September.
Robinson averaged 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game and was named to the NBA's All Rookie second team.