"I'm somebody who grew up watching (Steve) Nash play and I always thought it was really cool he was from Canada".
"It's going to be a great group of guys that's going to be together", Barrett said.
Williamson was the first player selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, while Barrett was the third.
Although the Knicks had the worst record in the National Basketball Association this past season and had dreams - like every other team - of landing Zion Williamson in the draft, they were more than happy to have the consolation prize of taking Barrett, the presumptive No. 1 pick at the start of the season. "So we said, when there's an opportunity to go get him, we decided that was something important for us to do". "And also the drive and the vision of our players, and (their) belief that they can stand amongst the best in the world". "The game has globalized more where with Canadians and Americans, there's more cohesion, especially in AAU basketball.So I feel like in this next group of kids who have watched me the same way I watched others, it's just going to grow from there".
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James Dolan, Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, answers questions during the press conference to introduce Phil Jackson as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City. Barrett said his goal is to be the NBA Rookie of Year, but he isn't ready to be the face of the franchise just yet. Mills said the team will be "opportunistic" about adding to the team.
"We spent a lot of time getting to know each other".
Both the New Orleans Pelicans (fourth overall) and Cleveland Cavaliers (fifth) have been exploring ways to move up - as both teams are said to have eyes for Barrett. While this looks pretty simple, Barrett revealed that the inside of the jacket actually has the Canadian flag plastered all throughout the inside which pays homage to his home country.