Knicks’ new ‘freak’ Kenny Wooten has RJ Barrett in awe
01-16-2020, 10:50 AM,
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Knicks’ new ‘freak’ Kenny Wooten has RJ Barrett in awe
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RJ Barrett was on a recruiting trip to Oregon when he witnessed a feat he had never seen before.

Kenny Wooten, then a 6-foot-8 freshman for the Ducks, put a piece of tape on his hands, jumped and touched the top of the backboard.
“We had to get a ladder to get the tape down,” Barrett said. “… He’s a freak.”
Wooten’s athleticism wasn’t quite enough to lure Barrett to Oregon, but the two shared a practice court Wednesday, the day after Wooten signed a two-way contract with the Knicks.


The 21-year-old Wooten is not expected to be active for the Knicks on Thursday when they host the Suns at the Garden, but his NBA shot might not be far off. Those who have seen him play — or watched the viral clips of his jaw-dropping G-League dunks and blocks — are itching to see him make his debut, though Wooten said he’ll be ready whenever his number is called.
“Working for [the contract] since summer league, it felt great,” Wooten said after his first practice Wednesday. “Being able to come in and have the staff believe in me, work on my game and be able to sign a contract was great. It means the world to me. I’m going to try to continue to come in, get better and see if I can go up from here.”
The undrafted Wooten played for the Knicks in the Las Vegas Summer League before signing an Exhibit 10 contract to play with them in training camp. The Knicks already had a full roster, so Wooten joined their G-League affiliate in Westchester, where he posted 7.7 points (on 66 percent shooting), 5.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game.

Ahead of the Jan. 15 deadline to sign players to two-way contracts, other teams were reportedly interested in Wooten, but he said he only had one focus.
“I heard I got some interest, but I wasn’t really talking to anybody other than the Knicks,” he said. “I’ve always felt like this is home. I knew it was going to be an opportunity given here. I felt like I just had to wait my turn. I felt like I really bought into the whole system. They told me they had a plan for me, so I just always believed in that. I feel like I’m going on the right path.”
There have been questions about whether Wooten can find a position in the NBA, an NBA scout told The Post’s Marc Berman — Wooten was a power forward in college and in the G-League — but interim coach Mike Miller said he could play either forward spot.
“I think he has versatility with his physical-skill package and what he can do,” Miller said.
Wooten’s athleticism, however, has never been in doubt. A quick search of Wooten’s name on Twitter delivers plenty of proof, from monster dunks to left-handed alley-oops to swatting shots into the stands and even blocking others with both hands.

Asked if two-handed blocks are normal for him, Wooten grinned.
“Uh, honestly, yeah,” he said with a chuckle. “Yeah, they really are. Most of the time I just send them into the stands. It’s really not the bright thing to do. I feel like now I’m going to start trying to get control of them and try to come down with them.”
Whether that will translate to the NBA for Wooten remains to be seen, but he said he is trying to add more to his game “to become the ultimate all-around player.” If he can, he might just be part of the Knicks’ future.

“I feel like I’m capable of doing it and it all starts here,” Wooten said. “Grinding in the G-League … it’s really humbled me, but it’s given me a lot of confidence in my game.”
Game 7 of the Championship series Against the Lakers with Wilt! 

 Red: You know my mama wanted me to be a Coach.

 Willis: My dad wanted me to be a basketball player.

 Red: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn player I ever saw. Suit up.
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01-16-2020, 07:57 PM,
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Hope he's not Troy Williams part 2
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01-16-2020, 09:11 PM,
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(01-16-2020, 07:57 PM)Blue_Blood16 Wrote:  Hope he's not Troy Williams part 2

Haven't seen enough of him but...all I have seen is athletic ability and defensive motor. 
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01-16-2020, 11:07 PM,
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Until we get a poised pg.. Wooten can't play and Mitchell will never reach potential as a elite finisher
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01-17-2020, 10:01 AM,
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(01-16-2020, 11:07 PM)Mastarks Wrote:  Until we get a poised pg.. Wooten can't play and Mitchell will never reach potential as a elite finisher

This is the truth
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01-17-2020, 10:29 AM,
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There's a reason he wasn't drafted and his numbers show it!
Game 7 of the Championship series Against the Lakers with Wilt! 

 Red: You know my mama wanted me to be a Coach.

 Willis: My dad wanted me to be a basketball player.

 Red: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn player I ever saw. Suit up.
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01-17-2020, 01:00 PM,
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(01-16-2020, 11:07 PM)Mastarks Wrote:  Until we get a poised pg.. Wooten can't play and Mitchell will never reach potential as a elite finisher

Even Rubio just completely dominates our PGs.  Remember how close we were to trading for Rubio under Phil?
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01-17-2020, 07:42 PM,
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(01-17-2020, 10:29 AM)bigjeep8 Wrote:  There's a reason he wasn't drafted and his numbers show it!

SHADDAP!!! Yush
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