CM – Knicks get a « different level of respect » from the NBA


RJ Barrett said he noticed the respect the Knicks have received from opposing teams and players after making the playoffs for the first time in eight years and having won 18 last season – from 21 up 39 – had improved, with two games left.

« In any case, you can see that there is a different level of respect [for the Knicks], » Barrett said on Friday on « The Michael Kay Show » on ESPN radio. “Teams have to come in and do their best, teams have to come in and play hard. You can definitely say that. We have a really good record at home, in the garden, with our fans, and it’s really difficult to get in there and get a win. So you can definitely see that the teams respect us a lot more. “

The Knicks compete on Saturday with a 23:11 record in the garden against the Hornets. Barrett said he was glad the backyard attendance increased from around 2,000 fans to 5,000 for the playoffs, but he wished the arena could have been full during this turnaround season.

« Man, I think we would have had an even better record than now, « said Barrett. « Those fans in the garden really make you run, it really is an incredible place. The mecca of basketball, the best arena I have ever played in. I love the garden and hope to be here for the rest of my career . « 

Barrett, the third overall winner in Duke’s 2019 design, has improved across the board in his second NBA season. He averages 17.6 points and 5.8 rebounds while appearing in all 70 games, increasing his 3-point percentage from 32.0 percent as a rookie to 39.8 percent.

« I think I do showed the world this year that I can shoot, that I can take the shots and clear the ground for my teammates, « said Barrett. « But this is only year 2. I’m only 20 years old. I have a lot more to do. … I look forward to continuing this work into the off-season and coming back even better. »

Derrick Rose (sprained left Ankle) has been classified as questionable for Saturday’s game. Miles Bridges (Health and Safety Protocols) and Gordon Hayward (foot) stay out for Charlotte.

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