Obviously, you'd like to think that wasn't the case.
In any event, Rautins struggled in the summer league but seemed more comfortable playing for Canada in the World Championships.He had by far his best practice the night before the team parted for Europe, and really had a nice impact against the T-Wolves when he got his opportunity. You can see the connection with Landry Fields and as a former Syracuse assistant told me over the summer, Rautins is absolutely the type of player you want to surround great players with whether on or off the court. Bottom line is the guy can make shots, on a team that needs it to win.
With coach Mike D'Antoni eyeing a 10- or 11-man rotation, Rautins, whose ballhandling has improved since the summer, has a chance.
That's why they brought me in, to be in this system, get up and down and hit open shots," Rautins told The Post. "I'd love to be part of the rotation to help the team win, be part of the turnaround in the city. I definitely think I can help them."
"He's definitely trying to prove a point and earn some time," D'Antoni said. "He's doing a good job of making a statement."