Julius Randle gets honest on Kemba Walker-Evan Fournier Knicks backcourt
Julius Randle has unfinished business with the New York Knicks. After an inspiring run in the regular season in their last campaign, the Knicks unraveled in the NBA Playoffs, losing to the less-heralded Atlanta Hawks in the first round. Randle played poorly in the series.
The Knicks made key moves in the offseason, picking up Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. While it’s still unclear if they will both start in the backcourt for coach Tom Thibodeau, it could be a wise decision for the Knicks. RJ Barrett could move up to the small forward spot to make room, joining Randle and Mitchell Robinson in the frontcourt.
The Knicks had some trouble in the backcourt last season, with Barrett, Elfrid Payton, Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley, Frank Ntilikina, and Alec Burks all part of a revolving door of guards. But with the arrival of Walker and Fournier, there could be a more defined rotation. Randle, for one, is already excited about their new acquisitions (via Sports Illustrated).
“It means a lot. Those guys are, obviously, very versatile players. They can do a lot of different things on the court. They can really shoot the ball. I’m excited about that. I think they are gonna make us more talented.”
Randle, who was named Most Improved Player last season, should welcome the lighter load this campaign for the Knicks, with Walker and Fournier serving as additional offensive options. There were times last season when Randle had to really manufacture points, which wasn’t really efficient for the Knicks.
But with their revamped lineup, the Knicks are ready to rock the Big Apple once again.