New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett is trying to get rid of his nickname due to his deep respect for Kobe Bryant. A horrible and unfortunate situation unfolded Sunday, January 26th, in Calabasas, California. A helicopter containing Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and the pilot Ara Zobayan crashed. Kobe Bryant has transitioned onward, and Knicks rookie RJ Barrett felt it was only right to pay homage by shedding the ” Maple Mamba” nickname.
Knicks rookie RJ Barrett has announced he wants his “Maple Mamba” nickname retired out of respect for Kobe Bryant, The Black Mamba.
— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) January 28, 2020
RJ Barrett is currently missing game action due to a sprained ankle. The 19-year-old can’t wait to get on the basketball court. Therefore, during practice shoot around, RJ Barrett kept reminding himself to take it step by step no matter how great the ankle feels.
The Knicks are missing RJ Barrett’s play. Barrett’s toughness on both ends, along with the ability to see over defenses for gorgeous passes to his fellow teammates, is priceless.
Barrett is a respectful, humble teammate and human being. RJ Barrett’s homage to Kobe Bryant shows maturity, and many people lack that kind of consideration, especially in a 19-year old.
Taking the ball to the basket is Barrett’s kind of game. Jump shot will come down the road for the rookie. He’ll improve drastically if he continues his similar “Mamba Style” work ethic on his craft.
The Knicks are continuing their rough season with Sell The Team” chants engulfing Madison Squared Garden January 29th, 2020, after a Knicks-Grizzlies scuffle. Chances of being in the draft lottery are high. Knicks are due for a first overall pick to pair with RJ Barrett.