On Tuesday, Randle was named the recipient of the prestigious award for his highly successful 2020-21 season–one that also saw the Knicks break their seven-year playoff drought. In a rather heartwarming gesture, New York apparently invited Randle's son, Kyden Randle, to present him the award.
Randle's joy was clear right after he saw his son coming for him to present the MIP trophy.
Everything you could want in a video:
Kyden Randle presented his dad Julius with his Most Improved Player award 🥺
The Knicks paying homage to the braids 🤣
— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) May 25, 2021
Aside from the braids that made the moment really cool as well, it's pretty nice to see family being in the core of this gesture. It certainly reflects the change the team has undergone in Randle's breakout year and since Tom Thibodeau took over.
Hopefully, this beautiful father-and-son moment will fuel Julius Randle even more as they try to bounce back from their Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The two teams will meet again on Wednesday in Madison Square Garden before the series shifts to Atlanta.
Randle put up 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 71 regular season games throughout 2020-21. He struggled in Game 1 against the Hawks with a 15/12/4 stat line, but things should change with a more motivated Randle ready to take over once again.