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Julius Randle makes stern promise to Knicks faithful after playoff exit

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The New York Knicks officially saw their season come to an end on Wednesday night after the Atlanta Hawks eliminated them in Game 5 of their first-round matchup at Madison Square Garden.

While it was a very underwhelming performance for the squad and most importantly Julius Randle, the first-time All-Star made a promise to the Knicks faithful following the loss.

“We’re bringing a brand of basketball back that the city can be proud of,” Randle said, via The New York Times. “We have something to build on for the future.”

“It’s tough for me to process that right now the way things ended, but we’ll be back,” he said.

The Knicks completely flipped the script in 2020/21, securing the No. 4 seed in the East after finishing in 12th place a year ago. Randle’s emergence as a budding superstar was one of the biggest reasons, averaging career-highs across the board. The hiring of Tom Thibodeau also made a drastic difference, making the Knicks a legitimate defensive team.

Randle struggled immensely in the playoffs though and without him firing on all cylinders, the Knicks didn’t have much of a chance against the Hawks, especially with Trae Young showing out on a nightly basis.

While a number of these players on the Knicks roster are free agents this summer, the front office is expected to retain the majority of them while also targeting a much-needed point guard to pair alongside RJ Barrett. With a solid core intact, better days are certainly ahead at MSG.