New York Rangers to retire Henrik Lundqvist’s #30 on Jan. 28

The New York Rangers today announced that Henrik Lundqvist will have his No. 30 retired in an on-ice ceremony prior to the Rangers’ game against the Minnesota Wild on Friday, January 28.

Henrik Lundkvist will get his well-earned day at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers announced on Monday afternoon that they will put his number 30 into the rafters on Jan. 28. That game is against the Minnesota Wild where the King’s close friend, Mats Zuccarello, is a member of the team.

“Over the franchise’s history, only 11 Rangers players have earned the honor of having their numbers raised to the Garden rafters, where they forever serve as inspiration for others to follow,” said James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, MSG Sports. “For 15 seasons, Henrik Lundqvist embodied everything the Rangers organization stands for – excellence, commitment, pride, and leadership. It is only fitting that his No. 30 will now join the legends who have come before him.”

Lundqvist played for the Blueshirts for 15 seasons (2005-06 – 2019-20), appearing in 887 games and accumulating a 459-310-96 record, along with a 2.43 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 64 shutouts. The Ã…re, Sweden native left the Rangers holding over 50 team records, including wins, appearances by a goaltender, shutouts, save percentage (min. 75 appearances), playoff appearances (by either a skater or goaltender – 130), playoff wins (61), playoff shutouts (10), and playoff save percentage (min. 10 appearances – .921).

Lundqvist ranks 6th on the NHL’s all-time wins list, 8th on the NHL’s all-time appearances list, and 17th on the league’s all-time shutouts list. Lundqvist’s 459 career wins and 887 career appearances with the Rangers are the second-most a goaltender has recorded with one franchise in NHL history. Lundqvist has earned more career NHL wins than any other non-North American-born goaltender.

In 2011-12, Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s Best Goaltender and was named an NHL All-Star five times (2009, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2019).

 

“It was an honor to play with Henrik for four seasons and watch his career evolve as I’ve moved through the organization,” said Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury. “Having his No. 30 etched in history forever is so well-deserved for a man who has done so much for the city of New York, on and off the ice. It will be a special moment for the entire organization.”

Some Achievements Achieved

  • He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in nine different seasons, including seven consecutive seasons from 2006-07 – 2012-13
  • Lundqvist was twice named the winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award (2005-06 and 2017-18), which is presented annually to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, “goes above and beyond the call of duty.”
  • Lundqvist also received the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the Rangers’ Best Rookie in Training Camp (2005), the John Halligan Good Guy Award for cooperation with the media (2007-08), the Rangers Fan Club Frank Boucher Trophy as the team’s Most Popular Player on and off the ice (2006-07 and 2009-10).

 

Lundqvist will join Rod Gilbert (7), Ed Giacomin (1), Mike Richter (35), Mark Messier (11), Brian Leetch (2), Adam Graves (9), Andy Bathgate (9), Harry Howell (3), Jean Ratelle (19), and Vic Hadfield (11) as the only Rangers whose jersey numbers have been retired by the organization. Gilbert was the first Ranger to have his number retired on Oct. 14, 1979, and was joined by Giacomin’s No. 1 on Mar. 15, 1989, Richter’s No. 35 on Feb. 4, 2004, Messier’s No. 11 on Jan. 12, 2006, Leetch’s No. 2 on Jan. 24, 2008, Graves’ No. 9 on Feb. 3, 2009, Bathgate’s No. 9 and Howell’s No. 3 on Feb. 22, 2009, Ratelle’s No. 19 on Feb. 25, 2018, and most recently Hadfield’s No. 11 on December 2, 2018.

That game will be at 8:00 pm with the pregame ceremony beginning at 6:30 pm.

A Kings Tweet

Henrik Lundqvist hit Twitter to let the fans know how much he is looking forward to the day.

What’s next for Brian Ortega after UFC 266?

Brian Ortega, UFC

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC 266, the featherweight title was on the line. After coaching on The Ultimate Fighter, Alexander Volkanovski (23-1) defended his UFC title against Brian “T-City” Ortega (15-2, 1 NC).

I was incredibly intrigued by what kind of fight we would see from both men. Somehow, Volkanovski always seems to fly under the radar. Probably considering the fact that most believe he lost his second fight to Max Holloway.

Nevertheless, he holds two wins over Holloway and a win over Jose Aldo. He was the slight favorite, but there were a lot of people high on Brian Ortega. To be honest, I was one of them.

After Ortega’s performance against The Korean Zombie, I was convinced he was going to win the UFC title. However, over the last couple of weeks, I changed my pick leading up to the fight because I overlook Volkanovski so much and I’m glad I switched.

Ortega was game, but all night Volkanovski was a step ahead. However, there were two moments where Ortega almost got the win. In the third round, Ortega locked in a deep mounted guillotine choke.

Volkanovski admitted that he thought he was going to lose the belt, but he survived. Later in the round, Ortega almost got a triangle choke but against the champion slipped out. At the end of the day, Ortega came close, but Volkanovski retained at UFC 266.

What’s next for T-City after UFC 266?

Brian Ortega has now had two shots at UFC gold and he’s been brutalized in both of those fights. Max Holloway beat him up so bad that the doctors had to call a stop to the action.

The doctors almost had to call a stop to the fight on Saturday as well. However, despite how swollen and bloody Ortega got, he never stopped trying. In fact, he pushed forward and threw everything he had in the final round on Saturday night.

To me, it’s clear that Brian Ortega is not the best featherweight in the UFC, but he might be the toughest. His heart is unmatched and he wasn’t going anywhere despite the damage he took from the champion.

After this loss, he’s going to need to take some time off. However, when he’s ready to return, I think he’ll be right back in the mix. The Max Holloway – Yair Rodriguez fight is being looked at as a title eliminator in November.

Personally, I think a great fight would be with him and whoever loses that fight. That would give him enough time off, but it would also give him someone in a similar position. That’s what I think the UFC should do next for Ortega.

New York Yankees Analysis: Can the Yankees win it all?

Last night the unlikely New York Yankees stole the number one wild card berth from the Red Sox when they swept them in three games. The word unlikely is used because the Yankees have been so inconsistent during this entire season. Yankees fans hoped to get out of the weekend series with the Red Sox just alive. Never realistically dreaming of sweeping the Red Sox in their own Fenway Park.

But the Yankees are playing some of their best baseball of the season at the right time, making fans wonder if they can take it all. The answer is yes, although it will be a herculean feat to complete. Here is what the Yankees are up against.

With little or no margin for error, the Yankees of the teams ahead of them have the most difficult last six games. The Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals. Then, the Blue Jays play the Red Sox and the Orioles. Then, the Yankees have to play the Toronto Blue Jays at Roger’s Center starting tomorrow and finally the Tampa Bay Rays to close out the season at Yankee Stadium. The bottom line is that the Yankees will have to play their hearts out, win almost every game if they have any hope of reaching the AL Championship series, and even more to obtain their long-awaited 28th World Championship.

Any team can win any game on any particular day for a multitude of reasons. For instance, last night, two of the best Yankee defenders dropped the ball and could have cost them the game. Also, last night, unexpected injuries can raise their ugly head. Last night the medical staff had to visit the field three times in one inning. A pitch severely hit Joey Gallo. Aaron Judge jammed his hand, sliding into second. Third, judge dislocated his left pinkie while sliding headfirst into second base after smashing a two-run double, giving the Yankees the lead. After the game, Judge said it was no big deal after he popped it back into place.

Also, we don’t know how Joey Gallo’s shin is going to feel today; I think he was able to walk it off pretty well,” said manager Aaron Boone. “We’ll see. We’ll see how he is overnight.”  Also, a present mystery surrounds Gleyber Torres. Torres faced new Red Sox pitcher Ryan Brasier; he took a swing and may have injured himself as the medical staff was called in to check him out. Add to that, DJ LeMahieu is playing through a groin problem that caused him to miss a game on Saturday. Any of these injuries can turn a team upside down without notice.

If the New York Yankees can win all or the majority of their upcoming six games and the teams they challenged by losing one or two, the Yankees are assured on at least one wild card berth. The way this works is the non-division winners with the two best records (presently the Yankees and Red Sox ) meet in the Wild Card Game, with the winner advancing to face the team with the league’s best record (Tampa Bay Rays) in the American League Division series.

Should the Yankees win that series against the Rays, they will go to the AL Championship series facing whoever wins the White Sox Astros series. Should they win that, they will go on to play in the World Series against the winner of the NLCS, which at the moment looks like the San Francisco Giants have a good chance of being that team. The last time the Yankees faced the Giants in the World Series was in 1962 when they were victorious, winning 4 of the 7 games at the old Candlestick Park. Here is the postseason bracket.

The New York Yankees could do that, but at the same time, they could also not even get to play in the AL wild card. So everything is on them and how they play in the remaining six games this week. The season is on them. It sure will be exciting. Go Yankees!

The Yankees will start that effort Tuesday night with urgency at Roger’s Center in Toronto, Canada. First, the Yankees will send Jameson Taillon to the mound, coming off the IL with an ankle tear. He hasn’t pitched since September 9th. He will face the Blue Jays’ Hyun Jin Ryu. Then, the Yankees will send Gerrit Cole and Corey Kluber to start the last two games before moving back to Yankee Stadium for the final three-game of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tuesday night’s game will be televised SNET and SNET 1 in Canada and the New York Area on WPIX and its affiliates.

New York Giants: LB Blake Martinez OUT for the season with a torn ACL

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The New York Giants experienced another crushing loss this morning. It was reported that inside linebacker Blake Martinez suffered a torn ACL during yesterday’s pitiful loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Martinez will miss the remainder of the 2021 season as he hopes to recover fully and bounce back in 2022.

Blake Martinez went down with this injury early in the first quarter of yesterday’s game. It was feared to be an ACL injury, but there was no confirmation until now.

This is a huge loss for the Giants’ defense. Martinez is arguably one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL. He has totaled 140 or more combined tackles in each of the last three seasons. The Giants also invested a significant amount of their salary cap space (3 years, $30.75M) into Martinez, the captain of their defense.

How will the Giants supplement this loss?

The Giants will be without their starting inside linebacker for the rest of the year and they do not have an abundance of depth at the position. Tae Crowder played all but one of 62 defensive snaps yesterday, filling in for Blake Martinez.

The Giants’ new inside linebacker options are Tae Crowder and Reggie Ragland. Both are viable players, however, they are nowhere near the same level of quality as Blake Martinez. Carter Coughlin could also see more playing time as a result of this development.

Tae Crowder had a career game against Atlanta. The 2020 seventh-rounder played 60 defensive snaps and recorded 11 combined tackles. He also allowed just two receptions from four targets for seven yards and recorded a forced incompletion in coverage. – Pro Football Focus on Tae Crowder in Week Three

The Giants should be encouraged by Tae Crowder’s development. The second-year player has big shoes to fill as the Giants’ starting inside linebacker with Blake Martinez out for the year. Crowder, Ragland, and Coughlin will attempt to supplement this humungous loss for New York’s defense.

Reggie Ragland signed this offseason to back up Martinez as a run-stuffing inside linebacker. Carter Coughlin transitioned from edge rusher to inside linebacker this offseason. Coughlin could provide the Giants with a solid pass-rush boost through the interior. The Giants will feel the absence of Blake Martinez, but they do have some quality depth pieces to fill-in in the meantime.

Yankees News, 9/27: Aaron Judge suffers hand injury, Joey Gallo smacked in the shin

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees triumphantly overcame the Boston Red Sox this weekend, sweeping them in a three-game series. Currently, the Yankees have a one-game lead at the top of the Wild Card, with Boston falling into second place and Toronto just one game behind for the last spot.

The Yankees are red hot, winning their last six games as they prepare to take on the Blue Jays in a three-game series that would likely determine the rest of the season. With just six games left in the 2021 regular season, the most important week for the Yankees is about to commence. If they can win the series against Toronto, they will then take on a tough Tampa Bay team starting on October 1, who have won five of their last six games.

In the victory over Boston on Sunday evening, the Yankees once again relied on slugger Giancarlo Stanton to save the day. Stanton recorded two hits and two RBIs, launching a two-run homer, driving in Aaron Judge. His long ball went flying over the Green Monster yet again, giving his team a 6-3 lead.

Despite the victory, slugger Aaron Judge suffered a minor injury, but with the adrenaline pumping, he managed to correct it on his own.

“Just going for two there, trying to get into one position for Big G behind me and the biggest mistake was not going feet-first. I’m kicking myself with that,” Judge said. “Popped up, really didn’t feel much, and then when I went to kind of check my batting gloves [and] I saw it was kind of out of place. Tried popping it back in, it kind of got stuck again, so just needed some help. Not too concerned with it. I really don’t know what’s going on, but I don’t really need it to hit so we’re going to be in good shape.”

Judge seems to be in good shape and won’t have to miss any time, as a dislocated pinkie was put back into place and he continued playing the rest of the game.

As for lefty hitter Joey Gallo, he was plunked in the shin, which will likely leave a nice bruise. Having a day off before the Yankees take on Toronto will provide much-needed rest, so hopefully, Gallo will be ready to finish off the year without any complications.

“He got smoked pretty good on the shin. I think he was able to walk it off pretty well,” said manager Aaron Boone. “We’ll see. We’ll see how he is overnight.”

New York Yankees: 4 takeaways from “Who’s your daddy” sweep of the Red Sox

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.

The New York Yankees, entered last night’s game at Fenway Park, looking to sweep the rival Red Sox as they looked for the home-field advantage in the wild-card race. The age-old rivalry was in full force as they looked to shame their rivals with a sweep this late in the season and knock them out of the number one spot in the wild card. In that effort, they sent Jordan Montgomery to the mound at Fenway to face the supposed ace, Eduardo Rodriguez. At the end of the night, the Yankees had achieved their goal. The Yankees won 6-3.

“Monty’ did what he needed to do

Yankee pitcher Jordan Montgomery who has suffered from a lack of run support all season, continued that trend last night. He didn’t have the luxury that Cortes Jr. had Thursday night when the Yankees scored three runs in the first inning. He got no run support through his first four innings of work. Finally, he got some in the fifth. Nevertheless, Montgomery did his job holding the Red Sox to just one run.

Following Montgomery, the amazing Clay Holmes came in and pitched a clean sixth, striking out the side in order. Joely Rodriguez fumbled in his outing, being completely wild and giving up two runs. Chad Green pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. Aroldis Chapman closed out the game with this not-so-familiar dominance.

Stanton/Judge led the Yankees to sweep

Last night in the top of the eighth inning Aaron Judge hit a double that put the Yankees ahead of the Red Sox. After the Yankees’ best defenders dropped two balls and Tyler Wade was caught stealing, LeMahieu walked. Anthony Rizzo doubled for the Yankees extra-base hit, with LeMahieu moving to third. Aaron Judge faced the new Red Sox pitcher Adam Ottavino with two on and one out and doubled, scoring two runs for the Yankees, taking the lead once again.

Giancarlo Stanton crushed another home run over the green monster in the eighth, driving in Judge for another two runs in another highlight of the night. Stanton joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Micky Mantle as the only Yankees to hit 3 home runs in one three-game series at Fenway Park. For Stanton, that was joining baseball Royalty. Stanton has been white-hot since August 3rd with a .289 average and hitting 18 home runs.

Red Sox shamed by Yankees late-season run

The Boston Red Sox must have been scratching their heads at the end of last night’s shame game outcome. The Yankees shamed the Red Sox in their last meeting at their own home field. The Yankees pulled out an eighth-inning win in the final game of the series for the sweep. However, the Red Sox still has the bragging rights for taking the season from the Yankees.

To add to the humiliation, In this three-game series, Giancarlo Stanton acted like a one-person team as he drove in 11 Yankee runs all by himself. The Red Sox in the three-game series only scored 9 runs total.

Yankees own the #1 wild card berth

With the win, last night the New York Yankees now own the number one berth in the wild card race knocking the Red Sox out by one run in the loss column. But the fact of the matter is that the Yankees can’t over celebrate that feat; they have a lot of work to do to hold on to it. The Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, who are just one game behind, have an elementary schedule in the last week of the season; the Yankee have the most challenging schedule.

The Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays. Then, the Blue Jays play the Red Sox and the Orioles. Then, the Yankees have to play the Toronto Blue Jays at Roger’s Center starting tomorrow and finally the Tampa Bay Rays to close out the season at Yankee Stadium. The bottom line is that the Yankees will have to play their hearts out, win almost every game if they have any hope of reaching the AL Championship series, and even more to obtain their long-awaited 28th World Championship.

 

Chicago Bears: Week 3 wrap up, quick tidbits, and more

After a week three loss the Chicago Bears will officially turn the page and look forward to week four against the Detroit Lions. But before Chicago welcomes Detroit to Soldier Field for a divisional showdown, let’s look back at week 3.

 

1) First things first, let’s talk about first downs. The Bears had just six, which is the fewest of the Matt Nagy era. Not a good showing for a team that’s led by an offensive guru at head coach.

2) Some positives? The Bears pass rush duo of Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn got going, combining for 3.5 total sacks. Quinn now has more sacks in three games with the Bears than he did all of last season. Chicago is finally seeing the returns that the franchise hoped when signing Quinn to a five-year deal worth $70M in free agency in 2020.

3) “I obviously as a head coach did not do a good enough job of getting this offense ready to go, to be able to play and win a football game,” said Nagy after the game. “It starts with me, it ends with me and it’s as simple as that.”

Nagy’s quote is merely a head coach who’s taking the bullet while being open and honest. But there’s still a lot of work to be done. Everything does start and end with Nagy, which means he’ll need to cater gameplans to Justin Fields skillset, something that wasn’t done in week three.

For anyone who’s trying to get #FireNagy trending on Twitter, good luck. Bears ownership has been clear about how firings are handled. They’ll wait till the end of the season to make a decision on Nagy’s future. The Bears are also 1-2 so far, so Nagy has more room to breathe than most people think.

4) By the way, don’t blame Fields at all. For a rookie making his first start in an incredibly tough environment, Fields got no help from the Bears. If any quarterback deserves a pass for a bad performance this week, it’s Fields, who was sacked nine times, while continuing to remain composed and operating with what the Bears were giving him.

5) Figuring out what the Bears are doing with the offensive line is a tough task. Jason Peters and Germain Ifedi aren’t the tackles of the future, that distinction is reserved for Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom but this game showed that the interior of the offensive line (James Daniels, Cody Whitehair, and Sam Mustipher) needs to get better at communication too.

6) Tons of credit to defensive coordinator Sean Desai. After getting punched in the mouth on national television in week 1, Desai and the defense have adjusted nicely, putting together two solid performances. Desai may not have a talented secondary but the defense is looking better each week, a positive for the Bears.

7) No idea what the Bears are doing with the running game. After two strong performances, David Montgomery was shutdown on Sunday, with just 10 carries for 34 yards, averaging 3.4 yards per carry. That’s the lowest mark of Montgomery’s career since week 17 of the 2020 season. Matt Nagy panicked and got away from the running game way too early, something that’s also been an integral part of the offense when everything is clicking.

8) Jaylon Johnson wasn’t bad but he wasn’t great either. Tasked with shutting down Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the second-year cornerback had some bright moments, showing us all why he’s a rising star in the NFL and one of the most underrated players at his position across the league.

9) We’re all still waiting for the big Darnell Mooney breakout game to happen. After 61 receptions as a rookie, Mooney had just one reception for nine yards on Sunday. The fifth-round pick did have six receptions for 66 yards in week two but has yet to find the endzone this season. Hopefully that changes with the Lions coming to town next week.

10) Khalil Herbert has done some nice work as a kick returner on special teams. After averaging 23.8 yards per return on Sunday, the Bears need to get Herbert involved in the running game, hoping he can provide some sort of spark.

 

Looking Ahead to Week Four

The Lions may be 0-3 but there’s a catch: Two of Detroit’s three losses have been by a combined 11 points. Bears fans like to make fun of the Lions on social media but head coach Dan Campbell at least has this team playing hard when it matters the most.

Perhaps the strongest positional group on the Lions is the offensive line, which features two first-round picks in Penei Sewell and Frank Ragnow. Watching Detroit against Green Bay on Monday Night Football in week 2, it was clear that the Lions’ OL was good enough to allow quarterback Jared Goff to at least have a fighting chance on every play.

The Bears will need to account for the Lions running back duo, Jamall Williams and D’Andre Swift. Both have impacted games heavily as receivers this season, with the stat sheet on Sunday being a major example. Swift and Williams combined for nine receptions for 85 yards. Detroit may not have a star wide receiver on the roster but Williams and Swift have quickly become Goff’s best friends.

 

Should the New York Giants explore trade opportunities for Evan Engram?

New York Giants, Evan Engram

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram is arguably one of the team’s most polarizing players on offense. Making his season debut against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3, Engram posted just two receptions for 21 yards. His impact was minimal, as the Giants primarily relied on Kenny Golladay, reserve receiver Collin Johnson, and running back Saquon Barkley to carry the load.

With the team starting 0-3 on the season, the Giants have a few big decisions to make this year as they ponder the future. After spending an exorbitant amount of money this past off-season to maximize quarterback Daniel Jones’s rookie window, they will have to find ways to open up salary space.

One way the Giants can add draft capital and a bit more salary flexibility is by trading Engram, who is currently in the last year of his rookie contract. The Giants picked up his fifth-year option, which will pay him $6 million this season.

Having suffered a calf injury against the New England Patriots in the final preseason game, Engram was unable to play against Denver and Washington. However, the athletic tight end has become more of a liability than an asset.

Despite Engram’s blazing speed and fantastic physical attributes, he has dropped 25 passes over the past four seasons, including eight last year, with six of Jones’s 12 interceptions going his way. However, the 27-year-old was unable to make a positive impact against the Falcons on Sunday afternoon.

In fact, his biggest contribution was a fumble in the third quarter with the Giants trailing by one. If not for an Azeez Ojulari strip-sack on Matt Ryan on the Giants’ 35-yard line, Engram’s turnover would’ve been far more costly.

At this point in his career, the Giants simply need to maximize his value and collect draft capital. When fans are cheering as a player walks off the field, you know things are a bit overdone, as the former first-round selection has been unable to alleviate his turnover issues and drops. The bigger question is, what could the Giants get in return for his services?

Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau raves about RJ Barrett’s development and future success

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One of the New York Knicks‘ most valuable players is young guard RJ Barrett. Heading into his third season in the NBA, Barrett has three years remaining on his contract, with a maximum salary of $14.3 million during the 2023-24 season, when the front office can extend him a qualifying offer.

Barrett, who enjoyed massive up-swings in several categories during his sophomore season, is looking to improve even further this upcoming year. He posted 17.6 points, 3.0 assists, 5.8 rebounds, and shot 44% from the field last year. He also increased his three-point percentage by 8% to 40% and logged a 74.6% free-throw success rate, an increase of 15%.

Already being a solid defender helped Barrett get on the floor more frequently under head coach Tom Thibodeau, but the team has committed to him as their long-term solution at shooting guard. Last season, RJ played in all 72 games, averaging 34.9 minutes.

Thibodeau had nothing but great things to say about the 21-year-old Canada native during an interview last week:

“I think you guys have watched his growth. His ability to go off the dribble and get into the lane, his size, and also the way he improved his 3-point shooting last year, he made a major step. He’s made a huge commitment this summer. We think he’ll continue to get better; people tend to forget, he’s 21 years old. He averaged 18 points per game on a playoff team. He’s hungry, he’s driven. He’s smart, he’s competitive. Those are all the characteristics we’re looking for…. That’s why he’ll continue to get better.”

One of Barrett’s most exciting attributes is his ability to create shots for himself and others, seeing an increase in assists compared to his rookie season. If he can open up the floor for fellow teammates like Julius Randle and Evan Fournier, his impact will continue to expand.

Opposing teams focused on stopping Randle and Barrett during a dream turnaround season for the Knicks, but with added weaponry, the offense will have plenty of options to work with. At such a ripe age, Barrett continues to add muscle mass and increase his basketball IQ, which hopefully will aid in his growth moving forward. Barrett has been scrimmaging with Randle and a few other teammates prior to the start of training camp, further attesting to his work ethic.