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Julius Randle
Julius Randle
Position: F
Born: 11/29/94
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Salary: $18,000,000
After praising his club for their ball movement in recent games, Fizdale said the Knicks relied on individual play too often on Sunday. “We resorted back to that, ‘I’m going to save us.’ We’re just not good enough for that,” Fizdale said. Randle agreed with that assessment. “Yeah that’s fair to say…. I just feel like we weren’t five men out there as a unit. It was just too much individual (play). We just weren’t trusting each other enough,” Randle said. “Like I said, that’s to be expected with this many new players. But we’ve got to start figuring it out.”
Randle’s inconsistent play is one of them, but it’s far from the only one. Among them: the Knicks haven’t gotten enough from the point guard position, have shuffled out five different starting lineups and the offense has devolved into individual play at times. There’s also the complexion of the roster. “They have too many players who play the same role – Portis, Randle, even Morris,” one scout said Sunday night, echoing a refrain made by other evaluators and media members. “They’re asking Fizdale to bake a cake, but they forgot to give him the eggs,” another scout said last week in reference to the Knicks’ roster.
Knicks center Mitchell Robinson became the Knicks’ fall guy Sunday in an attempt to get Julius Randle off the schneid. But the Knicks never looked worse. Randle didn’t play well. Bobby Portis, who replaced Robinson in the starting lineup, couldn’t make a shot. And Knicks coach David Fizdale is back to the drawing board.
Knicks center Mitchell Robinson became the Knicks’ fall guy Sunday in an attempt to get Julius Randle off the schneid. But the Knicks never looked worse. Randle didn’t play well. Bobby Portis, who replaced Robinson in the starting lineup, couldn’t make a shot. And Knicks coach David Fizdale is back to the drawing board. “He wanted me to come off the bench,” Robinson said after the 113-92 Sacramento rout dropped the Knicks to 1-6. “He wanted to see how they’d do with them starting. So I’m going to support the decision. I’m still on the team. I’m going to come off the bench just as hard.”
He cut his turnover total to three (the Knicks had just 11). But Randle, who had 19 turnovers in the prior three games, pointed to himself as needing to rev up this offense that struggled to hit 80 points Wednesday. “I’m not honestly feeling great,’’ Randle said in a low voice. “I’m not playing well. I took a little step forward today. Just trying to trust my teammates. I’m not forcing it. But I have a long way to go before I really feel like myself and do what I know I’m capable of.”

David Fizdale thinks Julius Randle can be All-Star

Asked if he thought Randle could be an All-Star this season, Knicks coach David Fizdale said, “Absolutely. I think a lot has got to go right, obviously. We’ve got to play good basketball. We’ve got to understand our roles. We’ve got to understand how to help him. But with the way that he approaches the game and his work ethic and his selflessness, I think he’ll have a chance.”
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Of course, the accolades will be determined by the success of the Knicks. It’s not a comforting condition since most believe New York is destined for another lottery-bound campaign. But if the Knicks manage to finish in the top-8, Randle will be a big reason why. Perhaps the biggest reason. “(The playoffs are) extremely important. I’m not going to sit here and talk about every day but it’s extremely important,” he said. “That’s what you work hard for. You talk about opportunity, this is my opportunity to be a real leader. So I just want to make sure everybody’s connected and we get better every day. I like our team compared to a lot of other teams. We do what we need to do every day to get better, that mental focus, lock in, stay connected, I like our team.”
The entire team and coach staff, along with executives Steve Mills and Scott Perry were a part of the visit, signing autographs and taking pictures with the soldiers, military personnel and medical staff. Fizdale then took a contingent of players — Dennis Smith Jr., Julius Randle, Kevin Knox, Wayne Ellington and Taj Gibson to visit wounded veterans in their rooms.
One rival GM liked the amassing of respectable, dirty-work players — led by frontcourt men Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis and Marcus Morris. But the GM doesn’t know what it amounts to. Las Vegas sportsbooks made its statement, putting the Knicks Over/Under for wins at 28.5. “They’ve aggregated some talent but I‘m not sure of the fit,” the GM said. “Knox is still a mystery. Teams liked Randle, but the [contract] number was scary [three years, $63 million].’’
Chemistry could be the Knicks’ big issue more than talent, Randle said. That’s why their get-together in L.A. was crucial. After Labor Day, players start to come to New York for informal workouts as training camp beginning Sept. 30. “It was amazing,’’ Randle said of the L.A. workouts. “Playing 2-on-2, 3-on-3. We got a lot of new guys — we signed seven, we got two rookies RJ [Barrett] and Iggy [Brazdeikis]. It’s important for us to get to know each other, spend time together on the court before training camp starts.”
Julius Randle, a five-year league veteran who signed with the Knicks this offseson as a free-agent, David Fizdale, the Knicks’ head coach, and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo were also present at the India Day Parade in NYC. In 2014, Sacramento Kings’ co-owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé attended the India Day parade along with Sim Bhullar, the first player of Indian-descent to play in an NBA game.
Ben Golliver: USA Basketball’s updated World Cup training camp roster: Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart; Donovan Mitchell, Jaylen Brown; Khris Middleton, Harrison Barnes, Jayson Tatum; Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma, PJ Tucker, Thaddeus Young; Andre Drummond, Myles Turner, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee
“We’re thrilled to welcome Wayne, Taj, Elfrid, Bobby and Julius to New York,” said Scott Perry, general manager, New York Knicks. “Collectively, we’re adding a mix of extremely talented and experienced multi-dimensional players who will improve our team as we continue building out a deep and versatile roster. These players are all tough-minded, motivated and ready to compete, and we’re excited to have them as part of the Knicks family.”
Ramona Shelburne: The Knicks and owner Jim Dolan were not prepared to offer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury, league sources tell me and @Adrian Wojnarowski. Knicks officials are in Los Angeles tonight, meeting with free agents such as Julius Randle.
They’ve been reportedly linked to Julius Randle, Bobby Portis,and Terry Rozier, and, according to sources, have shown interest in bringing back Noah Vonleh and Lance Thomas. They haven’t expressed interest in taking back other teams’ problematic contracts to add long-term assets, preferring to prioritize only adding players who can help them be more competitive next season.