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Knicks’ Julius Randle, Bobby Portis team up for COVID-19 relief in New York

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Two maligned members of the New York Knicks just donated to local food banks and relief funds for communities affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Power forwards Julius Randle and Bobby Portis, both acquired as free agents last summer, teamed up, partnering with HelloFresh to donate $180,000 to City Harvest. The money will be used to provide meals to individuals and families struggling during the current public-health crisis.

Randle and Portis, both 25 years old, also pledged an additional $50,000 to City Harvest, according to the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy.

The Knicks inked former New Orleans Pelicans power forward Randle last offseason to a three-year deal around $60 million with a team option in the third year. Randle was New York’s leading scorer after trading veteran forward Marcus Morris to the Los Angeles Clippers at the deadline in February before the NBA suspended operations on March 12 due to coronavirus.

Additionally, third-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is giving back to his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina, per Bondy, purchasing food vouchers for the first responders working in the public health crisis of COVID-19.

This week the NBA saw its first few cases of coronavirus be resolved, with Utah Jazz All-Star teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert cleared after two weeks ago being tested positive for the pandemic-level virus. Also, Detroit Pistons power forward Christian Wood was cleared.

The Knicks did not publicly make aware whether they tested players or not, but previously stated they were not instructed to test their players or members in the organization if they did not show symptoms of coronavirus.