Julius Randle will most certainly be the starting PF for the NY Knicks
The unquestioned leader of the New York Knickerbockers.
I don’t think there’s been a player in the history of the NBA that’s been able to turn his whole career around within one season the way Julius was able to last year.
To go from a guy the entire city of New York wanted gone to an All-Star appearance, 2nd Team All-NBA, Most Improved Player award, and leading a team to host a playoff series.
The change was unprecedented.
Julius is now tasked to lead a much-improved roster a little bit closer to the promised land.
The front office couldn’t have done a much better job this summer of building around both Julius and RJ Barrett.
It seems like the Knicks brought back the guys who needed to be back while upgrading in much-needed areas like both starting guard spots.
Randle recently accepted a 4-year, $117 million contract extension a few weeks back instead of gambling on himself and holding out for next offseason where he could have gotten upwards of $200 million.
When asked about why he chose this path, Randle proclaimed:
“Part of the reason why I took the deal was because of the culture,” Randle said on Friday. “…. We’re all a family, we enjoy being around each other and we have that trust. So even if I left money on the table, I trust that in the long run, it’s going to pay off.
“I trust Leon (Rose), I trust Wes (William Wesley), I trust Scott (Perry), Thibs (Tom Thibodeau), all those guys, that they’re going to give us the best possible chance and put us in the best position now and in the future to bring a championship to the Knicks.”
“That’s what it’s about. I don’t know if I can make that commitment anywhere else. It really speaks to the culture we have here, me being able to trust the guys that are helping us and working to get us the best possible team. Anybody that comes in, that’s here, they have to fit into that culture. And Wes and Leon and those guys have done a great job of building that atmosphere for us.”
We should see yet another spectacular season out of Randle as the starting Power Forward, especially with the Knicks’ front office really loading the roster this summer.