New York Knicks’ power forward, Julius Randle, who has flourished as a two-time All-Star and All-NBA honoree with his latest team, seems to be showering immense love on his new fanbase. In the process, he indirectly addresses his prior playing stops, including his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, with some playful banter.
During a live edition of Uninterrupted’s program, The Shop, Randle, in the presence of none other than Lakers All-Star LeBron James (the owner of the media company), praised his current fanbase. While doing so, he subtly took a lighthearted jab at his previous teams.
Interestingly, despite receiving some boos from his home crowd at Madison Square Garden during the 2021-22 season due to on-court mishaps, Randle still speaks highly of his experience with the New York Knicks. In that particular season, he was thrust into a lead ball handler role without a true starting point guard, but the issue was addressed later with the team’s acquisition of Jalen Brunson in free agency.
Throughout the 77 regular-season games in the last year, Randle showcased his skills, averaging an impressive 25.1 points with shooting splits of .459/.343/.757, along with 10.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Although the Knicks performed admirably with a 47-35 record, they were eliminated in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs by the Miami Heat, who later made it to the NBA Finals.
While Randle’s comments might have some playful undertones, they reflect the bond he shares with his current fanbase. His journey from being drafted by the Lakers as the No. 7 pick in 2014 out of the University of Kentucky to blossoming into a star with the New York Knicks has undoubtedly been an eventful one.
As he continues to thrive with the Knicks, Julius Randle’s admiration for his new fanbase adds to the camaraderie between him and the loyal supporters in New York. The playful exchange also serves as a reminder of the highs and lows he experienced in his basketball journey, ultimately leading him to his current standing as one of the Knicks’ most beloved players.