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A year ago, New York first opened its heart to Julie Randle. Oh, he couldn’t hear any of that, of course: Madison Square Garden was still devoid of shoppers, and the atmosphere was depressing. Empty gyms are good when you’re in the AAU circuit.

Even less so if you test your NBA conscientiousness.

On the evening of Jan. 6, 2021, shortly after Rickle ended the Nicks, he said, “Unfortunately, our fans can’t be a part of that.” win season, a 112-100 win over the Utah Jazz, a 52-20 win, and 1st place in the Western Conference.

The Knicks have played just eight games in their season, but Randle has already shown he will make this season special. He scored 30 points, scored 16 rebounds, added seven assists and actually inspired Tom Tibodo’s genuine smile.

“Another night at Julie’s office,” Tibbs said.

Randle, for his part, spoke at length about how difficult it is to play in one of the most noisy houses of basketball with the mute button turned on. The Knicks trailed the Jazz by 18 points at the end of the second quarter, 78-48 for the rest of it – all in a horrible silence in an empty gym.

“I know the Garden is shaking,” Randle said. “We’re all registered.”

Julius Randle was unable to repeat last year’s performances on a regular basis.
Julius Randle was unable to repeat last year’s performances on a regular basis.

A year later, the Knicks are quarreling. Randle’s play went up and down, and all of his struggles were watched by crowded houses against the backdrop of his historic season. A year later, instead of striving for the Garden’s voice, Randle said on the eve of the Knicks ’meeting with the Celtics on Wednesday:

“Really, don’t [big-time bleep] Honestly, who has to say what. I’m playing there. No one knows the game there better than I do, compared to what everyone says. So I really don’t [JV bleep]. I just go there and play. ”

Now Randle may be partially talking about media criticism. There were some of these, but the impact of the blow was almost non-existent. Most of the media criticism comes in the form of surprise – I’ll give you an example from your humble storyteller’s personal keyboard – if Obi Toppin doesn’t guarantee a few more minutes than he gets, it’s natural to reduce Randle’s workload. will come.

You didn’t read that much last year. But it’s not wild.

No, the criticism he is saying must be of a more visceral type. When fans were allowed to return to the Garden last year, they immediately embraced Randle – the whole team – loudly and long, with songs that were the best songs for Randle, and choked them until the Hawks kicked them out of the five playoffs. ‘zildi. games.

Julius Randle returned to the game against the Pacers after missing two games in the COVID protocols.
Julius Randle returned to the game against the Pacers after missing two games in the COVID protocols.

This time, when the Knicks and Randle suffer from a pocket of deep incompatibility, the Garden still has its own audible signals – and they sound like whistles. Tiredness in the Garden is no longer a permanent job – Patrick Yuing is there at the beginning of his career and Clyde Fraser is also “tied” to the end – but it’s still hard to hear that they’ve targeted you.

If you add trolls on social media, Randle posted horrible things when he set up health and safety protocols …

Yes. They sign up for the same thing when they play in New York.

If possible, it is wise for Randle to shrug his shoulders. The rules here are really quite simple. If he combines a few games similar to the one he played against Indiana on another night – 30 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, “another night in the office,” Tibodo said last year. One of them – the mood changes. rapid and loud vibration. New York has a short memory and Nicks fans especially want to receive positive things.

He is right. Go there and play.

And, preferably, play better.

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