RJ Barrett positive he’ll be Knicks ‘star’ despite making Kemba Walker, Julius Randle admission
The revamped Knicks squad has been playing tremendous basketball early in the season. And while it is becoming more and more apparent that New York is about teamwork, RJ Barrett is confident that destiny will put him on top of everyone else sooner rather than later.
“I don’t see why you can’t be both,” Barrett said when asked if he’d rather be a role model or a star via The New York Post. “I think that’s just what I was born to be. There’s something inside me that I know that I’m destined for greatness, I know that I’m destined for more.”
“I think the work ethic that my family has instilled in me, it’s always gonna give me a chance to get better, it’s always gonna give me a chance to prove and show who I am,” he continued. “I’m very competitive, so I think all those things together, somehow, some way I just know that I’m gonna make it.”
However, Barrett is well aware that the Knicks is Julius Randle’s team at the moment as he leads the entire team in points, rebounds and assists. Kemba Walker, meanwhile, has been doing a great job as a leader, something Barrett also acknowledged.
“Leadership … experience … positive voice that a team could really get behind,” the 21 year-old said of Walker. “He’s the floor general.”
“[Randle] dominates,” he added. “He dominates literally every area of the game, whether you need him to get a triple-double, need him to get 10 assists, need him to get 16 rebounds, 30 points, he’ll do that.”