The New York Knicks definitely have a bright future ahead of them in the league after witnessing an impressive performance by the team against the Los Angeles Lakers. Julius Randle put up a great performance with 32 points, 16 rebounds, and 7 assists in the game.
Along with Randle’s dominance, teammate RJ Barrett had an incredible night leading the lead in stats with 36 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. The 21-year old Canadian baller shot 13-28 from the field including a game-tying three-pointer in the fourth sending both teams into overtime. He played 50 minutes in the game.
Despite some major flaws, the Lakers were able to secure a win beating the Knicks at overtime 122-115. Knicks fans were obviously upset as they were very close to beating one of the better teams. But should they really be upset after being handed over a roster with such immense potential?
RJ Barret tries to take down LeBron James only to get schooled
It is acceptable for a player to get hot and push themselves to their limits. RJ Barrett had an exceptional performance and felt the urge to top it off with a dash of sauce. The third-year player had apparently asked his assistant coach who was in charge of the roster rotation to pair him up with LeBron James. Even though Barrett was determined to stop LeBron, the Lakers forward managed to gather up a triple-double.
Barrett went in with a mission against the Lakers. He managed to put up numbers that otherwise would have been tough to achieve against a player like LeBron James. His performance during the game had eyes following him throughout the game. LeBron was left impressed saying, “He just hit key shot after key shot.”
LeBron James opens up about RJ Barret as a player
LeBron James admits that he has had a past with RJ Barret before the young star committed to Duke. According to James, the two had met during a visit to Toronto in the offseason. James’ agent Rich Paul said there was a high school player,” that was probably next,” in line to join the league of all-time greats.
Barrett had requested to work out with the legend to which he agreed. “I’ve been knowing him quite a while. I followed him throughout those last few years of high school and obviously off to Duke and now as a Knick. So, he’s young, and you’re gonna have your bumps and bruises throughout the course of your career. But I think he’s handled it extremely well, especially being in New York. It’s a different light and a different heat when you play for the Knicks, and I think he’s handled it extremely well.”
Barrett had a very slow start to his career in the NBA but now had transitioned into a great scoring option. His performance against the Lakers showed his true potential and how destructive he can get. He fits in perfectly as a top option for the Knicks and will be a great asset for the team in the future.