In Duke, they dominated the world together, forging their legacy as Duke legends one match at a time. A year later, Zion Williamson and his former teammate RJ Barrett find themselves many miles apart, playing on opposite Conferences, and coming in with their own unique storylines.
Still, despite the differences, Zion had quite a lot to say about the future of his friend.
“(Knicks fans) can expect that they’re getting a killer,” Williamson told SNY.
“For the people that are trying to look down on him, RJ’s been through worse. He knows how to battle through it and he’s going to bring the city everything he’s got.”
If you’re a Knicks fan, that’s all you can hope to ask. After years of struggle and irrelevancy, having RJ seem so focused and determined on turning things around is an encouraging thing to witness.
After going through a major overhaul in the summer, nobody really knows what to expect from the Knicks this season. After striking out on Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Kyrie Irving, they signed mid-level guys like Wayne Ellington, Elfrid Payton, Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis on short-term deals.
Can that roster contend for a playoff spot in the East? Even if not, having Barrett will make things much easier to bare going forward for the franchise.