The New York Knicks’ path to respectability received a much-needed shot to the arm after Julius Randle earned his first All-Star award.
Randle, the leader of the Knicks’ revival this season, was among the seven reserves voted on by coaches, according to Shams Charania from Athletic.
“It would mean a lot,” Randle said of the All-Star selection through a zoom call with reporters after the Knicks’ shooting practice Tuesday morning.
“My goal was never just to play in the NBA. I always felt that I would get there. I just wanted to be the best player I could be and reach my potential. And I try to push myself every day to do it. It would definitely be a milestone. “
The selection is a validation of the new Knicks culture introduced by new team president Leon Rose and freshman coach Tom Thibodeau.
The seven-year-old forward constantly faced double teams, finally gaining the respect he has been craving since entering the league as a lottery pick (seventh overall) in 2014.
“I think I have that validation of how they play with me every night. With the double teams, ”Randle said.
“How they try to plan the game. All that kind of stuff. Obviously, the all-star nod would be incredible. Every player strives to do that, or whatever the case may be. “
Thibodeau noted that Randle’s impact in the victory would weigh heavily. He was correct.
Randle is having a season in the race that leads the Knicks to a 15-16 record as they enter Tuesday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
Approximately 2,000 fans will celebrate and cheer for Randle and the Knicks when they take the floor at The Garden, marking the first time he has allowed fans into the arenas of New York in nearly a year.
Randle is averaging 23.2 points, shooting 41 percent from deep, 11.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists in 36.8 minutes, all of his career highs.
He became the Knicks’ first All-Star selected since Kristaps Porzingis in 2018. Porzingis, although he did not play in the game due to his ACL injury.
Barring injury, Randle will be the first player to play in the midseason classic since Carmelo Anthony in 2017.
Randle made $ 945,000 for his pick, and could double it if the Knicks make the playoffs, according to ESPN’s Front Office Insider. Bobby Marks.
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