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YouTube Gold: “You All Owe RJ Barrett An Apology”

Because the kid is alright

New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets
DENVER, CO - MAY 5: A close up shot of RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks before the game against the Denver Nuggets on May 5, 2021 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. 
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We’ve talked about this before, but the take on RJ Barrett last season was that he was overrated, couldn’t shoot, bad pick, etc., etc., etc.

Or blah, blah, blah. Take your pick.

It doesn't matter anymore because Barrett has pretty much shut his critics down and he’s basically done it because he’s worked his ass off.

In this video, his improvements are noted and praised, not least of all his superb defense, a skill that has greatly impressed his new coach, Tom Thibodeau.

What a lot of people are still missing though is this: he’s in a city and a building where people love to rip people apart. And he’s handled the pressure of New York beautifully - despite a tough first year.

And moving forward, they’re going to love him for that.