The topic of load management has recently divided Knicks fans more than any other topic that does not relate to Frank Ntilikina’s ability to play basketball.
Some see the practice as players being soft while some see the benefit of ensuring a healthy and refreshed player when the playoffs role around. The playoffs might be just out of realistic expectations for the Knicks this season, but we still need to address the topic of load management as it relates to our potential perennial All-Star, RJ Barrett.
The Knicks Kicks of the Night on November 3,2019 goes to our beloved rookie, RJ Barrett. Over the summer, RJ signed a deal with Puma Athletics to represent this athletic staple to begin his tenure in the NBA. This shoe, The Puma Clyde Hardwood, is their newest 2019 on court shoe worn by NBA athletes signed to the popular brand. This shoe can be purchased on the Puma website, they retail for $120.
Toss out all your “small sample size” caveats. Discard any “let’s wait and see” reservations. Do you hear that wary part of your brain? The part that’s whispering cautious thoughts to protect your heart because it’s been broken too many times before. Disregard all that, Knicks fans. Abandon all doubt ye who enter here.
Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com dropped a story this morning with the most revealing quotes we’ve gotten from David Fizdale thus far this season regarding how he’ll handle the potential issue of lack of ball-movement amongst his players.
Four lottery picks were on display at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, but the buzz in the building surrounded Duke’s freshman Zion Williamson, who many Knicks fans are hoping will become the team’s first top lottery prize since Patrick Ewing.
Williamson started off the night with a highlight-reel dunk, on his way to posting 17 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes before fouling out with under four minutes to play.
Knicks President Steve Mills was in attendance, as were Emmanuel Mudiay and Kevin Knox.
After the game, local reporters were ready to ask Zion about playing for the Knicks.
“This is the Garden,” Williamson said, via Jeff Borzello. “A lot of greats have come through here. My favorite great to come through here was probably Bernard King because my stepdad talked about him a lot how he just put the ball in the basket. … I had to go watch his highlights. He could really score the basketball. He was incredible how he did it.”
Williamson was asked directly about maybe someday playing for the Knicks, a question he ducked by looking at his teammate before asking RJ Barrett if he wants to play for the team that calls Madison Square Garden home. The potential number one overall pick then gave the appropriate answer by stating he would be happy to play for the Knicks or any team that drafts him.
Duke turned the hyped night into a win over Texas Tech. However, both Cam Reddish (1-7) and RJ Barrett (7-22) struggled from the field, while committing a combined 12 turnovers. The best player on the floor might have been the lottery pick projected to be drafted behind the three Duke prospects, and that was Jarrett Culver from Texas Tech. Culver had 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in the loss.