The New York Knicks open up their NBA Summer League with a bang. Â The newest New York Knick, RJ Barrett, will face off against his former teammate/roommate Zion Williamson, now a New Orleans Pelican.
The first game, against the Pelicans, is on ESPN on Friday July 5th at 9:30 p.m. EST. Â The Knicks have three games following the first matchup of RJ & Zion. Sunday, July 7th against the Phoenix Suns. Â Tuesday, July 9th against the defending champion Toronto Raptors. Â Then their finale against the Los Angeles Lakers. Â All games are at 9:30 p.m. EST.
The faithful Knick fans will see the draft pick that pretty much everyone cheered for. Barrett is ready for New York and so are the fans. Â He may even be as loved as Zion is, well at least with New York fans.
Barrett does have a lot of pressure on him, but he is embracing that. Â Kevin Knox had the same last year when he was selected 9th overall. Â Knox had a very strong summer league, but a sub-par season.
Barrett will be a different story. Â He was the number one player out of high school and in college, until Zion happened. Â Barrett will be able to come to New York, be a plug-in, starter and produce. Â He wants to be in New York and ready for whatever. Â The Knicks organization and fans expect big things from RJ.