It’s the way in which his teammates discuss. It’s the way in which they work. It’s the way in which they compete and apply.
RJ Barrett observed it in what number of gamers had been figuring out on the MSG Training Center in August and early September, and the spirit at the beginning of coaching camp.
It’s a part of why he made headlines on media day when he stated the Knicks would “shock the world.”
“What I was trying to say is we all have something to prove. We all have a chip on our shoulder. We’re all working extremely hard every day to go out there to prove ourselves,” Barrett informed The Post on Sunday after apply. “I always feel like I have something to prove. We feel like we have something to prove. I was saying if we can collectively come in every day the right way and play together — offensively, defensively, everything clicks — then we can do something special. I still feel that and still believe that.”
The fourth-year wing attributed that angle to having a number of gamers with further motivation, partly because of the Knicks’ struggles in a 37-45 marketing campaign a year in the past. But it goes past that.
The roster isn’t manufactured from many established veterans. Julius Randle is trying to recapture the shape that made him an All-NBA second workforce choice two years in the past. Jalen Brunson is getting the primary alternative of his career to run a workforce. Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes are attempting to ascertain themselves. Barrett is looking for his first All-Star look after touchdown a four-year, $107 million ($120 million with incentives) contract extension.
“Especially in this league, whoever comes out first more hungry, it doesn’t even become about X’s and O’s after that,” he stated. “The more aggressive team, whoever wants it more, is going to win.”
Barrett, himself, has lots to show. He desires to develop into an All-Star and return to the playoffs. One specific space of focus for him from final season was enhancing on his layups and free-throw capturing. It bugged him all summer season, what number of factors he left on the market by capturing 71.4 p.c from the road and never ending almost sufficient performs across the rim. It was his focus all offseason.
“It’s something that I really got to get down,” Barrett stated. “Those are gimme points, not only for myself, but for the team. Let’s say you lose a game by one point, it’s like I missed three free throws. Those are things that haunt you when you look back.”
Plenty of various things haunted the Knicks final year in falling wanting the playoffs, points they believe have been remedied with offseason additions and might result in a bounce-back season. The early indicators, specifically the work habits that coach Tom Thibodeau preaches, are promising. It is why Barrett believes they could be a shock workforce this year and created headlines together with his “shock the world” assertion.
“You can tell,” Barrett stated. “It’s about actions, how we’ve been going at each other at training camp and how everyone’s been competing to try to win at everything you can tell by that.”