Julius Randle spoke out loud about what it meant for the Knicks in the two games he missed while stuck in the COVID-19 protocols.
When he returns, his revenge may be speaking louder.
During a 30-point blast to help the Nicks win the Pacers on Tuesday, Randle recalled being an All-Star last season. There were more screams than whispers about his regression in this campaign, and some saw his entry into health and safety regulations as a way to give Obi Topping more minutes in the attack.
Although Randl claimed to ignore any external criticism, he confirmed that he had heard external criticism.
After a training session in Tarritown on Wednesday, Randle said, “Really, honestly, don’t respond to what anyone says, af-k.” “I play there. No one knows the game there better than I do, compared to what everyone says.
“So I’m not really giving up. I just go there and play. “
After Nicks ’104-94 victory on Tuesday, Randle refused to speak to the media. It’s unclear what bothered the Knicks ’main point of attack, but the forks became a $ 117 million star as problems accumulated for the 18-20 midfielders who finished fourth in the East last season.
As Randle made the penalty kicks in the second half on Tuesday, the shouts of “RJ Barrett” from the crowd in the Garden probably didn’t help. When Randle gave rough shots last season, those voices often sparked an MVP cry.
Asked if Randl felt underestimated, he pointed out that the right people valued him.
“It simply came to our notice then [media] to judge My teammates value me, my coaches, my organization, ”Randle said before pointing to the Knicks head coach, senior basketball consultant and head coach. “Leon [Rose], Wes [William Wesley], Thibs [Tom Thibodeau]. Everyone appreciates me. That’s all I need. “
Still, when the Knicks weren’t competitive in doubles games last weekend in Oklahoma City and Toronto, part of Randle must have felt elegant and lost by 30 overall points. Although the high-flying Toppin provided stable energy and 19 points in a game without Randle, the Nicks were a different team without Randle.
“It’s important what we think,” said 27-year-old Tibodo, who now sees the reverse of stardom. “If the team wins, everyone will be recognized. And because he’s in the role he’s playing, he may be more to blame than he needs to be.
Critics would have been calmer, and Randle would have calmed down if he continued to play outside of the protocols as he did in his first game.
After Barrett played in the first half, Randle won the second half, in which he shot 7 of 11 and scored nine of 16, which is the agility that boosted his position last season and seemed like a unique combination of strength.
After a year of operation, all of his numbers have dropped, his shooting percentage has dropped from 45.6 to 42.3, and his off-shore accuracy has dropped from 41.1 percent to 32.7.
On Tuesday, he shot 2 of 3 out of 7 shots, but he was tied for a series of hard shots from mid-range that he played best. He attacked more and Thibodeau owned the boards he valued. He looked younger. On Thursday, the Nicks will need a game against Celtic at the Garden, especially without Derrick Rose and possibly Kemba Walker.
Prior to Randle’s positive COVID-19 test since last Thursday, his first step seemed slower and his body was battered. Randle said he had no symptoms of coronavirus, although he was ill a few weeks ago.
Tibodo admitted that Randle was nicknamed after the Knicks’ victory in Detroit on Dec. 29. While Randle said quarantine can exercise every day, rest periods may have helped more than pain.
“Sometimes you have to take a few days off,” Tibodo said of Randle, who led the NBA in the minutes he played last season. “If you’re looking for a silver lining, that’s probably it.”
Another silver lining, Randle could have had extra time for people to master what they were writing and talking about.