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As new Knicks president Leon Rose takes over, he'll have to go through a hard evaluation of the team's current roster and see which pieces he likes and dislikes. 

Among that list is Julius Randle: a young, talented power forward who signed a two-year deal with a third-year club option last offseason to highlight the Knicks' free agent signees. Unlike his other free-agent counterparts, Randle had that extra year for the 2020-21 season guaranteed. 

But that doesn't necessarily mean the Knicks want to keep him around. 

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In this edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Ian Begley thinks RJ Barrett can hit his high ceiling, says the Nets could make a Finals run next year, and more!

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In the latest SNY Out of Office Replies, Eamon McAnaney would build a team with Gleyber Torres, says RJ Barrett isn't a superstar, and more!

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Elfrid Payton

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One of the most pressing questions for the Knicks under new team president Leon Rose is: What do you do at point guard?

Rose inherits Frank Ntilikina, Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr. as his lead guards, along with two-way player Kadeem Allen. Former Knicks head coach David Fizdale said last week that he thought it was important for New York to find a point guard who was a threat from the perimeter. Others currently in the organization share those thoughts. 

The Knicks have a team option on Payton for next season, and have Ntilikina and Smith under contract for next season. The club is projected to have three draft picks in the Top 36 picks of the 2020 NBA Draft, so they could target a point guard there. 

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The intra-city rivalry between the Knicks and Nets took off briefly last summer when the Nets usurped the Knicks' throne as the most attractive team to play for in New York. 

Brooklyn managed to sign superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and earn respect for the progress the organization has made, from an afterthought to a potential superstar destination. 

The rivalry, though, has been non-existent with Durant out for the season, Irving playing just 20 games, and the Knicks being, well, the Knicks. 

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Just 22 games into his second season as Knicks head coach, David Fizdale was let go after the team got off to a dismal 4-18 start. 

In one season-plus as the team's head coach, Fizdale coached the Knicks to 21-83 record, leading to his dismissal. 

On Wednesday, Fizdale was a guest on ESPN Radio, and when asked if the Knicks had a true star on the team, he pointed to rookie RJ Barrett while also saying that the Knicks need better shooters in place to help talented youngsters like Barrett and Mitchell Robinson reach their full potential.

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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett
Knicks rookie RJ Barrett

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If this Knicks season is over, RJ Barrett will finish with averages of 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

Those numbers may not put Barrett in the Rookie of the Year conversation, but they've left a strong impression with some NBA evaluators.

"Everyone is going to talk about Ja (Morant) and Zion (Williamson), for obvious reasons," one Western Conference executive said. "But I like RJ a lot. I think he can have a long, successful career in this league if he stays healthy."

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Frank Ntilikina (Geoff Burke)
Frank Ntilikina (Geoff Burke)

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Mike Miller sees a subtle difference lately in Frank Ntilikina's approach: 

"Before, when he had a defender in front of him, he made the pass to Mitchell [Robinson] or Bobby [Portis] or whoever. And now he's seeing open lanes to the basket, and he's going," Miller said Tuesday. 

That change is significant for Ntilikina, who scouts had seen as too passive on offense in his first two seasons. 

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Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

The Knicks are headed for another season out of the playoff picture and another year in the lottery. The team has a sizable collection of veterans, however, the franchise's focus should center on their young core of recent draft picks.

The team is in for another massive rebuild, and there is a lot to look at for new president of basketball operations Leon Rose. Though much is made of who the Knicks can pursue in free agency or the draft, the focus right now should be the evaluation of New York's prospects already on the team.

There is talent, but there are major questions. Is Kevin Knox a lost cause? Is Damyean Dotson a keeper? Can you build around RJ Barrett? Here's a look at the Knicks' top prospects based on their value...

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Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) handles the ball while Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) defends during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) handles the ball while Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) defends during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

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James Harden had high praise for RJ Barrett after the Knicks' win over Houston on Monday. 

"Aggressive. I like it, especially as a rookie. Not timid at all," Harden said after Barrett scored 27 points against the Rockets. "When your aggressive and confident in your game, you look good out there. Long as he continues to build his confidence, keep being aggressive, and get the opportunity, which he will, he'll be great."

Barrett hadn't seen Harden's comments the day after the game, but he certainly appreciated the sentiment. 

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Mitchell Robinson dunks during Knicks game
Mitchell Robinson dunks during Knicks game

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Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson turned in another strong performance on Monday, dropping 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 13 rebounds (five offensive) in New York's win over Houston. 

Tyson Chandler, a former Knick and current Rockets vet, was impressed by what he saw. 

"I love his game. Very talented young player. He's very raw. But his athletic ability and what he can turn into and things that he can accomplish, I feel like are limitless," Chandler said. "I don't think he even knows how talented he is yet."

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One possession after shooting an airball on a 3-pointer, RJ Barrett had the ball in his hands, Knicks up one, with 20 seconds to go. He drove left on PJ Tucker and finished over him, giving New York a 3-point lead with 8 seconds to play. 

Barrett's bucket and Frank Ntilikina's defense against Russell Westbrook on the game's final play sealed a surprising win for New York

It also underscored one of the most important qualities Barrett's showed in his rookie season: a seemingly unshakeable confidence. 

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After leading most of the game, the Knicks came out flat in the fourth quarter, but got a full team effort and held on for a 125-123 win over the Rockets on Monday. > Box Score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) Houston opened the game on a 9-1 run and it looked like the Knicks were well on their way to a similar performace to their 11-point loss to the Rockets at Toyota Center last Monday. But a Barrett three-pointer spearheaded a 9-0 Knicks run of their own, who ended the first quarter leading 36-31.

New York extended its lead to 10 at halftime (though they led by as many as 21), and it remained a 10-point lead after the third quarter when James Harden sank just his second three-pointer of the night at the buzzer. The Rockets quickly cut the lead to two just three minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Knicks clung on to the lead and refused to relinquish it, despite a ferocious dunk from Russell Westbrook to cut the Knicks' lead to two with less than two minutes to play. Westbrook had another chance to tie it at the buzzer, but his 17-footer rattled out and the Knicks held on for the win.

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Leon Rose officially took over as Knicks team president on Monday. Here's a look at a few important decisions he'll face in the near future:

1) Get prepared for the 2020 NBA Draft

Hiring a coach, of course, is one of the biggest decisions Rose will make as team president. But bringing in/retaining the right front office executives and scouting staff is just as imperative.

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Knicks center Mitchell Robinson scored a career-high 23 points and added in 10 rebounds, two blocks, and two assists during the team's 125-115 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

Teammate RJ Barrett talked about Robinson's dominance as of late during practice on Sunday afternoon.

"He's going on a real good run right now," Barrett said. "I think he's just being himself, and he's just playing hard. That's his talent. His talent is playing hard. He can get every offensive rebound, block everything, and he dunks everything."

 

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The Knicks entered Saturday's game against the Bulls with some sour news, as guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Reggie Bullock were going to be unable to suit up and play.

Additionally, Frank Ntilinkina played despite being listed on the injury report earlier in the day with a sore groin.

But with their guards core beaten down a bit heading into what felt like a must win game for the Knicks, the bigs, including Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle, came to play, helping New York secure a 125-115 win over Chicago.

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The Knicks cut the Sixers' lead to five points late in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough, as they lost 115-106 on Thursday night. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Thursday's game

1) The 76ers led the Knicks 26-21 after the first quarter, thanks to 14 points from forward Tobias Harris. Elfrid Payton got the start with Frank Ntilikina out for the third straight game, and scored six points on 3-for-8 shooting. RJ Barrett chipped in five points and Mitchell Robinson had four points and three rebounds in six minutes off the bench.

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Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) handles the ball while Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) handles the ball while Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

When Dennis Smith Jr. joined the Knicks last year, there was hope that the North Carolina native could be an answer to the point guard position. With a rotating door of names, the Knicks have had struggles trying to find a permanent fixture at lead guard.

Over the past few years, Knicks point guards have been tall, short, old, young and everything else in between.

Back in February of last year, New York stunned everyone when they dealt young All-Star Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks acquired Smith and two first round picks from the Mavericks for Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke. Though the main attractions of the trade were cap space and the two first-round picks, Smith seemed to be an intriguing reclamation project.

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Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Feb 24, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Knicks had no answer for James Harden, who led the Rockets to a 123-112 win over New York in Houston on Monday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) Like most teams this season, the Knicks were unable to keep Harden in check. Even though the Rockets were without Russell Westbrook, Harden paced the Rockets with 37 points to lead Houston to the win. With a 21-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, Harden fell awkwardly while backpedaling on defense, but remained in the game.

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After the NBA All-Star break, the contenders and pretenders are usually set. Locked into the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 17-38, the New York Knicks are headed to their seventh consecutive losing season.

With a roster full of young players, the Knicks are looking to play out the string on another disappointing season. Still, there can be some positives to come out of the final 27 games.

Here are five goals the Knicks should focus on after the All-Star break.

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When the New York Knicks lost out on top-flight free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, they pivoted to mid-tier veterans on short-term deals. The lone free agent to sign with the Knicks for a guaranteed two years was forward Julius Randle.

Randle -- who signed a three-year, $63 million deal with a partial guarantee in the final season -- was coming off of a solid year with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Knicks signed Randle to be their lead option for the season.

A capable scorer, Randle's scoring average had increased in all five of his NBA seasons prior to this one. His ability to rebound the ball, but also leading a fastbreak charge as a frontcourt player, made him an intriguing player.

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Feb 14, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; World forward R.J. Barrett of the New York Knicks dunks during the NBA Rising Stars basketball game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Feb 14, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; World forward R.J. Barrett of the New York Knicks dunks during the NBA Rising Stars basketball game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

Knicks rookie shooting guard RJ Barrett put on a show last Friday in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, and he drew a rave review Wednesday from New York's interim head coach Mike Miller.

The 2019 NBA Draft's No. 3 overall pick led all scorers with 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals over 24 minutes, but Team World fell, 151-131, to Team USA at the United Center in Chicago.

Still, Barrett's individual effort impressed Miller, who believes the Duke product has a chance to parlay the performance into a strong second half as the 2019-20 season resumes with Friday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Indiana Pacers (32-23) at Madison Square Garden.

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RJ Barrett scored a game-high 27 points in Friday's NBA Rising Stars Challenge, and said after the game he wasn't holding back just because it was an exhibition.

"I guess it's an All-Star game but I really only know how to play one way," Barrett said. "But it was a lot of fun. I didn't press too much. I just went out there and had fun. I took some opportunities when I could and tried to make some nice passes, too."

Barrett was all over the floor, adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals 'to go along with his 27 points. Though defense wasn't exactly a focal point in the 151-131 Team USA victory, Barrett wasn't going to allow his college teammate at Duke, Zion Williamson, to upstage him.

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Knicks rookie RJ Barrett made his NBA All-Star Weekend debut as a member of Team World during the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

Barrett led all scorers with 27 points, despite Team World losing the game 151-131 to Team USA.

He finished the game shooting 11-for-17 from the field, and added in six rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 24 minutes of action.

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Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Feb 8, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

On Friday morning ahead of the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Knicks rookie RJ Barrett was asked who deserves to be Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.

"A lot of people deserve [Rookie of the Year], a lot of people work hard for it," Barrett said. "I don't know. It's kind of hard not to vote for myself."

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is currently the favorite to win, while Barrett's college teammate Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn are in the running as well.

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Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)
Feb 9, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter (12) during the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (DALE ZANINE)

The Knicks led by 15 and trailed by 16, coming back late and forcing overtime, but New York ultimately fell in two overtimes at the end of Sunday's 140-135 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks jumped out to a 31-20 lead after the first quarter, but gave up 41 points to the Hawks in the second quarter. They maintained a two-point lead at the half -- 63-61. Julius Randle had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first half for the Knicks, while Hawks big man John Collins had 20 points in the half as well. The Knicks shot 54.2 percent from the field, as Reggie Bullock chipped in 13 points and Bobby Portis had 11 points.

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After missing nine games with a high ankle sprain, RJ Barrett returned to the Knicks' lineup on Thursday, scoring 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench.

Following the trade of leading scorer Marcus Morris, Barrett should see his role in the offense increase even more once he gets to 100 percent. The Duke product is now one of just two Knicks averaging in double-figures this season, along with Julius Randle.

On SNY's The Thread Friday, the panel discussed what the reasonable expectations for the third-overall pick should be over the final 30 games of the season, and whether or not he could be the face of the franchise in the future.

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Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) shoots the ball during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Knicks knocked off the Orlando Magic 105-103 on Thursday night, and the win was impressive for a number of reasons. 

The team erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, winning their third straight game as a result. But it was also the first game since Marcus Morris, the team's leading scorer, was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline. 

After the trade became official, interim head coach Mike Miller and some of the players in the locker room addressed what Morris meant to this Knicks group.

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After missing the previous nine games due to a high ankle sprain, rookie RJ Barrett made his return to the floor on Thursday as the Knicks defeated the Magic 105-103.

It was a successful return for the Duke product, as he scored 12 points (shooting 50 percent from the floor), while adding three rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes off the bench.

Barrett was asked after the game how he felt in his first game back since January 16.

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After Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller said that rookie RJ Barrett might be getting minutes during the game against the Magic, the Knicks officially announced that Barrett is available to play.

The third overall pick was not announced as a starter, though, meaning any minutes would come off the bench.

Barrett has missed the last nine games with a sprained ankle, but said at practice Wednesday that he was aiming to be back "tomorrow."

"Tomorrow is a possibility, but nothing's for sure yet," he said

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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. 

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Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

While there had been some uncertainty as to whether or not RJ Barrett would be able to suit up for February's Rising Stars Game during NBA All-Star weekend, there now seems to be an answer.

MSG Network's Rebecca Haarlow reported during the second quarter of the Knicks' Saturday night matchup with the Indiana Pacers that Barrett told her he will be playing in the game on Feb. 14 in Chicago.

SNY's Ian Begley had previously noted that there was a feeling that Barrett was unlikely to participate in the game as there was a thought the Knicks and Barrett would take a cautious approach. Begley did note that the timetable on these injuries is always subject to change. 

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Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Dec 13, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett has been named to the World Team for the Rising Stars game during NBA All-Star weekend, the league announced Friday afternoon.

However, according to SNY's Ian Begley, the feeling at this time is that Barrett is unlikely to participate in the Rising Stars game as there is a cautious approach being taken with his ankle injury, per SNY league sources. The timetable on these injuries, of course, is always subject to change. 

Barrett injured his ankle against the Suns on Jan. 16 and has been sidelined since, as the Knicks continue to evaluate the injury.

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RJ Barrett (Bill Streicher)
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Following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, NBA players have shown tremendous amounts of respect to the Lakers legend. Every team around the league is taking 8-second backcourt and 24-second shot clock violations in respect for Bryant's No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys. There has also been Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie and Raptors G Terrence Ross changing their No. 8 to other numbers out of respect. 

Well, Knicks rookie RJ Barrett also has a special request in honor of Bryant. 

He longer wants to be referred to as the "Maple Mamba," per The Post's Peter Botte. Being of Canadian descent, Barrett was given that nickname while playing for Duke last season, which is derived from Bryant's "Black Mamba" moniker. But there was only one real Mamba, and Barrett wants to keep it that way. 

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Dec 23, 2019; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 23, 2019; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks guard RJ Barrett has transitioned from crutches to a walking boot and will be re-evaluated in a week, the Knicks announced on Saturday

Barrett has missed the last four games with a sprained right ankle, last playing against the Suns on Jan. 16. SNY's Ian Begley suggests that Barrett is likely to be out longer than one more week

The rookie is averaging 14.1 points on 39.3 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals this season.

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On the first day of training camp, Knicks team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry told fans that they'd put together a team that New Yorkers would appreciate. 

But they shied away from making any playoff predictions. 

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Dwyane Wade, one of the best shooting guards in NBA history, offers his take on Knicks rookie shooting guard RJ Barrett

"I love a kid that wants to take the challenge. RJ really wanted to be a Knick. You guys know that that's been a tough challenge for a lot of players that had the opportunity to choose to go to New York and they haven't. He took it (head) on and said I want to be a Knick. I give him a lot of respect for that," Wade said during a conference call to announce his role as an analyst on NBA on TNT Tuesday Night telecasts.

Wade is likely referring to the free agents who have spurned the Knicks over the last 10 years. Since Barrett was drafted by the team -- short of holding out and refusing to sign with the Knicks -- he didn't have much of a choice about where he played as a rookie. But in the weeks leading up to the draft, Barrett made it clear that he wanted to be a Knick. 

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The Knicks have dropped eight of their last nine. They're on pace to lose more than 50 games for the sixth straight season. There's uncertainty around the future of the front office and head coach. The young players from last season's team, by and large, haven't taken big steps forward this season. 

So, no, there isn't much reason for the Knick fan to be optimistic at the moment 

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RJ Barrett suffered a right ankle sprain in the Knicks loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

The rookie will be reevaluated in a week, but interim head coach Mike Miller believes Barrett will bounce back quickly from the injury,

"That's what I found out last night, that he's never really had a high ankle sprain like that," said Miller. "He'll bounce back quick."

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Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 28, 2019; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) advances the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

RJ Barrett's X-rays came back negative on his sprained ankle and he will be reevaluated next week, the Knicks announced Friday afternoon.

Barrett injured his ankle late in the third quarter of Thursday's loss to the Suns, after taking a bad step off his right foot while driving to the basket. 

The rookie exited the game after the next possession and left Madison Square Garden with the help of crutches.

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The Bucks handled things from start to finish Tuesday night in Milwaukee, sending the Knicks back to New York with a 128-102 loss. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Bucks came out hot and all but ended the game in the first few minutes of action, going up 18-4 less than half way through the first quarter. Despite the Knicks coming back to make it 29-23 after 12 minutes, the Bucks went on a 36-17 to take a 25-point lead at halftime. Milwaukee got out to as large as a 35-point lead Tuesday night. New York's offense struggled without its leading scorer in Marcus Morris, who missed his fifth straight game due to a neck injury.

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Aside from spoiling Carmelo Anthony's return to MSG on New Year's Day with a win over the Blazers, 2020 hadn't been kind to the Knicks, who were riding a five-game losing streaking heading into Sunday's matchup with the Heat.

Miami came into the game as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and the Knicks were without their leading scorer in Marcus Morris, so it wouldn't have been all that surprising if the Heat left New York with another win under their belt.

Instead, the Knicks took a 10-point deficit into the fourth quarter and dropped 40 on the Heat, holding on down the stretch in a tight final minute to stun Miami.

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The Knicks outscored the Heat by 13 down the stretch in what became a nail-biting thriller in the final minutes and went on to win 124-121 at MSG on Sunday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks entered the fourth quarter down by 13 points despite the game having a closer feel than that throughout. But New York put up 40 points on Miami in the final 12 minutes to come back and beat one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler's mishandled pass to Bam Adebayo, that was stolen by RJ Barrett, all but sealed the win for the Knicks.

Adebayo got a three-pointer up with 0.5 seconds left that connected, but the shot came after the buzzer and was waved off, handing the Knicks arguably their biggest win of the season.

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Jan 10, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket against New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) and shooting guard RJ Barrett (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives to the basket against New York Knicks power forward Bobby Portis (1) and shooting guard RJ Barrett (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks dropped their fifth straight game on Friday, falling to the New Orleans Pelicans 123-111 at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) Taj Gibson led the Knicks with 10 points in the first quarter on 5-for-5 shooting, while Mitchell Robinson brought energy off the bench and scored six points on three powerful dunks. However, the Pelicans led the Knicks 33-31 after the first quarter thanks to 10 points from Brandon Ingram and seven points from rookie Jaxson Hayes off the bench.

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The Knicks dropped their fourth straight game on Wednesday, falling to the Utah Jazz 128-104 in Salt Lake City. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks' starting lineup had a different look on Wednesday. With both Julius Randle (personal reasons) and Marcus Morris (sore neck) not playing, Reggie Bullock and Bobby Portis were insterted into the starting five. The new group didn't get off to the best start, as the Jazz jumped out to a nine-point lead with four and a half minutes left in the first quarter. Utah maintained a 10-point lead after one, but they continued to shoot the lights out in the second quarter, finishing with a 65 percent clip as a team from the floor and a 72-53 lead at the break.

The Jazz controlled the second half, and while the Knicks' second unit made a late run in the fourth quarter, this game was all Utah, as the Knicks dropped their fourth straight game.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

One of the few positives from the Knicks' 30-point loss to the Lakers? RJ Barrett.

After picking up two early fouls, the Knicks rookie showed strong composure in finishing the game with 19 points (9-for-19 shooting) and five rebounds in 31 minutes. And on top of that performance, it was Barrett's first game against LeBron James. 

"It was definitely cool. He was always my favorite player growing up. So that was good. Once I got in the game, it's just a regular game. Just got to play," Barrett said. 

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The Knicks played uninspired basketball for most of the night, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 117-87 on Tuesday. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Neither team played their best game on Tuesday, but the Knicks' sloppy play eventually caught up to them. After the first 12 minutes, the Knicks trailed by just five points, but by halftime the Lakers had pushed their lead up to 62-45. The Knicks shot just 36 percent as a team in the first half of play. In the second half, the Knicks continued to play without any rhythm, and trailed by 15 points after three. In the fourth quarter, the Lakers ran away with the game. LeBron James took on most of the scoring for LA, finishing with 31 points, five rebounds, and five assists. The Knicks turned the ball over 17 times in defeat, while recording just 15 assists.

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Jan 5, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) as he drives to the basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 5, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) as he drives to the basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Like any NBA rookie, RJ Barrett has struggled.

While averaging 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists, Barrett entered Sunday's road game against the Los Angeles Clippers shooting 38.3 percent from the field, 31.1 percent on three-point attempts and 55.4 percent at the free-throw line.

Barrett left the Knicks' hard-fought 135-132 loss to the Clippers with a bounce-back performance, dropping 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting and a 9-for-11 mark from the charity stripe, coming after a timely sitdown.

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The Knicks fell to the Clippers 135-132 in a high scoring battle on Sunday afternoon. >> Box Score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) The Knicks got off to a hot start, scoring 45 points in the first quarter -- tying the franchise record for points in an opening quarter. RJ Barrett led the team with 10 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting, including one three pointer. Julius Randle and Marcus Morris each chipped in seven points, while Bobby Portis had six points off the bench in two minutes of action.

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Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter | 

Mark Edwards is a life-long Knicks fan. So he knows how desperate the fanbase is for a winner. 

Edwards is also a long-time basketball trainer. In his 26-year career, Edwards has trained dozens of pros, including Terrence Ross and Mike Scott, as well as hundreds of college players. 

This summer, he worked with Knicks' second-year wing Kevin Knox, and Edwards has a message for Knicks fans keeping an eye on Knox: be patient. 

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