New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett is reportedly skipping the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Barrett excelled at the international level throughout his rising career. He led Canada past the tournament-favorite USA at the FIBA U19 World Cup, ultimately resulting in the country's first gold medal at an international event. In June 2018, Barrett scored 16 points as he made his national team debut at the Pacific Rim Classic.
Canada last participated in the tournament in 2010, where the team finished in 22nd place. With a roster highlighted by the additions of Denver's Jamal Murray and Sacramento's Cory Joseph, the Canadians were poised to contend for the championship.
The injury is the last bit of information Knicks fans hoped to hear this summer. New York missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, finishing with a disappointing 17-65 record.