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RJ Barrett Returns To Basketball After The Tragic Passing Of His Younger Brother: ‘If I Know My Brother He Would Want Me To Be Here’

Jan 18, 2024; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles the ball up court against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors forward RJ Barrett tragically lost his younger brother, Nathan Barrett, a few weeks ago. At just 19 years old, Barrett’s younger brother fell ill and passed away. Since his passing, Barrett had taken some time to be surrounded by family.

Barrett returned to practice for the Raptors and opened up about the loss of his brother. His words touched the hearts around the world.

“It’s a hard time, for sure. He was my best friend. I’m always missing him. I still text him. I still call him sometimes; I don’t know why. But I’m thankful for all the support from everybody & definitely from the Raptors”

RJ Barrett said at Toronto Raptors practice about his younger brother

The loss of any loved one, especially a younger sibling, is a pain that resonates with people from all walks of life. Barrett’s strength in returning to the NBA at this moment is commendable given what he and his family are going through.

Barrett was traded earlier in the year from the New York Knicks to his home country of Canada with the Raptors. The 23-year-old has been a bright spot on a young Raptors team this year.

“Basketball is my sanctuary so this actually brings me peace… If I know my brother he would want me to be here, to try to continue to make the Barrett legacy grow.”

RJ Barrett

In his 27 games played with the team, he has averaged 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Fans across the entire association will be wishing him nothing but the best in his return to basketball.

Everyone at Sideline Sources wishes Barrett and his family love and support during this time.