Knicks’ Julius Randle has moved on from Lakers stint, says it ‘wasn’t the right situation’
New York Knicks forward Julius Randle knew he had to answer some Laker-related questions, as he is set to return to California to face his former team, Los Angeles Lakers, at Staples Center on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old bruiser, after all, began his NBA career with the Lakers when he was selected seventh overall back in the 2014 draft. After an up-and-down four seasons with the Purple and Gold, the team renounced their rights on Randle in the summer of 2018 despite him being one of the few bright spots during their period of struggling.
The 6-foot-8 banger moved on to the New Orleans Pelicans, before accepting a three-year, $63 million contract to play for the Knicks in the offseason.
Now a full season removed from the bright lights of Hollywood, Julius Randle opened up about his split with the storied franchise, via Mark Berman of the New York Post.
“It wasn’t the right situation,’’ Julius Randle said. Do I wish it would’ve worked out differently? I don’t get into what-ifs. It worked out how it was supposed to. I’m happy where I’m at now. Everything in life happens for a reason. Highs and lows of life happens for a reason. It made me the person I am today and I’m extremely happy to be a Knick.’’
Randle, who claims he has no ill will to the city and the franchise, had a grand homecoming last season when he poured in 35 points against the Lakers.
“I played four years of my career here,’’ Randle added. “To be back in LA and feel the energy and old feeling, for me I’m going to out and play. It’s good to get out of the cold for a bit and experience a little sunshine.’’
Randle has become the Knicks’ number one option on offense this season, notching 18.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 45.3 percent from the field 28.7 percent from three. New York, meanwhile, will be up for a challenge against the red-hot Lakers, who have won their last five matches.