Just sitting here telling anyone who’ll listen that my godson is on tv. About to get drafted. Probably the Knicks. No big deal.— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) June 20, 2019
NYC let's get it! There's no place I'd rather be @NYKnicks. Ready for the bright lights 📸. Go check out my first #PaniniInstant @NBA card. #WhoDoYouCollect #NewYorkForever #NBADraft https://t.co/MLCq0xpA95 pic.twitter.com/0svlJVGUTM— Rj Barrett (@RjBarrett6) June 21, 2019
At age 12, after struggling in a basketball game and coming home crying, Barrett began focusing on basketball instead of football to avoid missing tournaments. At that age, he told his father that he wanted to be an NBA All-Star and make the Basketball Hall of Fame. He sometimes trained with Steve Nash, his godfather and father's friend.
Barrett is the godson of Steve Nash, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee who played with his father on the Canadian national team. Rowan Sr. first met Nash, who is about two years his junior, while playing for the under-19 national team and quickly became close friends with him. When Barrett was a baby, Nash bought him his first crib.
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg | May 15, 2014
Mrs. Obama encourages students to aim high — aides say she will do so again in Topeka on Friday — and has talked about what it was like growing up in the shadow of the University of Chicago, an elite private institution that, she has said, seemed out of reach.
“Get this,” Mrs. Obama told the Washington high school students, “some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high.”
By Betsy Klein | November 13, 2013
"We come with that internal doubt thing in our heads, where we wonder whether we're we good enough, are we smart enough, are we prepared for these opportunities? And I found that, for me, I had to get out of my own way," she said. "Most importantly, when I encountered doubters, when people told me I wasn't going to cut it, I didn't let that stop me - in fact, I did the opposite. I used that negativity to fuel me, to keep me going. And at the end, I got into Princeton, and that was one of the proudest days of my life."
"I was willing to do whatever it took for me to go to college," Mrs. Obama said. "Get this - some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I was never going to get into a school like Princeton. Nobody was going to take my hand and lead me to where I needed to go. Instead, it was going to be up to me to reach my goal. I would have to chart my own course."
By Myron Medcalf | Jan 8, 2019
So RJ has been able to reap the benefits of more structured basketball and his father's own connection to the national level. When RJ was 12, Nash put him through rigorous workouts while the national team practiced on the other end of the court. Nash, who bought RJ's first crib when he was a baby, never hesitated when Rowan asked him to be his son's godfather. As teenagers, they'd become friends through their shared nationality, their love for basketball and their common interests.
"Steve is a better person than he was a basketball player," Rowan said.
They both loved Jamaican food, and Rowan admired Nash's "hip vibe" (he was fond of baggy shorts). The 6-foot-3 Nash also downplayed his NBA success. He never took his first-class seat when he played with the national team, instead granting the luxury to his larger teammates.
It all set the stage for RJ to emerge as a potential torchbearer for the next wave of Canadian basketball.
RJくんがこれからどんどん活躍して、話題の人になって、Nash先生関連の逸話をいろいろ聞かせてくれるようになるといいな。そんなわけでGo RJ! Go Knicks!
Back where it all began. We’re with @dwhite921 in Parker, Colorado, this week for the Derrick White Basketball Academy!