Knicks' RJ Barrett laughs off Anthony Edwards' diss: 'Don't really care'

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Ian Begley
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RJ Barrett dribbling vs. Magic 2021
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Anthony Edwards said last week that the Timberwolves wanted RJ Barrett to shoot the ball on the Knicks’ last possession of a one-point game.

“I saw it. I just laughed. Don’t really care,” Barrett said Monday, following the Knicks’ morning shootaround.

When asked about his confidence level in late-game situations, Barrett replied: “Oh I’m very confident (smiles). I’m very confident, I can’t wait for the next one.”

Barrett missed a shot on the Knicks’ final possession in a 102-101 loss to Minnesota.

But if you’re New York, you have to like that he’s publicly dismissing the criticism from Edwards, the 2020 No. 1 overall pick.

Barrett doesn’t tweet often. But he posted a ‘laughing’ emoji in response to a video of Edwards’ post-game quote.

“I thought it was funny…. I don’t normally tweet. I don’t know what it was about this one; I just felt like, I felt like this one was an OK scenario to laugh at,” Barrett said Monday.

Barrett struggled with his outside shooting last year, but he’s been shown overall improvement this season.

His free throw percentage has jumped from 61 percent last year to 73 percent this year.

His 3-point percentage has risen to 34.5 percent, an encouraging jump from the 32 percent he shot last season.

This isn’t to suggest that Barrett is Stephen Curry, but the incremental shooting improvement this season bodes well for Barrett and the Knicks.

Dating back to last season, New York has lauded Barrett for his work ethic and commitment to improving; so it’s fair to expect that Barrett will reach the ceiling on his jump shot, whatever that happens to be.

That said, he’ll probably have to deal with game plans like Minnesota’s late in matchups until he starts consistently knocking down jump shots.