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RJ Barrett will test the knee with Team Canada at the World Championships

With his knee seemingly 100 percent sprained, RJ Barrett will get a chance to play on a big stage — for his country and his father — ahead of Knicks open training camp.

During a press conference for Team Canada, it was announced that 14 players – including Barrett – have committed to play in all international qualifying events leading up to the 2024 Olympics. Rowan Barrett, RJ’s father, who raised his son in the Toronto suburbs, is the team’s general manager.

Canada failed to reach the Olympics last summer by losing to the Czech Republic in the qualifying final. It was a deep disappointment because of Canada’s increasing number of NBA players. A lack of team chemistry is blamed for the fall.

First up is the World Cup. Canada, coached by Nick Nurse, will open World Cup qualifiers against the Dominican Republic on July 1 in Hamilton, Ontario.

During the Knicks’ penultimate game of the season in Washington, Barrett injured his knee driving to the basket. He missed the final but was expected back three weeks later so he should be in good shape for qualifying.

RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks drives into the basket
RJ Barrett’s Knicks season came to an end due to a sprained knee.
Jason Scenes for the New York Post

“We realized we needed continuity and cohesion in our teams,” said Barrett’s father. “We have talented teams. We have talented players. But we kinda need her to be together, kinda the left hand needs to know what the right hand is doing [which] is a bit more important to us this time.”

The 14 Canadians who have renewed their commitments are: Barrett, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Khem Birch, Oshae Brissett, Dillon Brooks, Luguentz Dort, Zach Edey, Melvin Ejim, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Cory Joseph, Jamal Murray, Kelly Olynyk , Kevin Pangos and Dwight Powell.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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