The campaign of the New York Knicks has been turbulent, to say the least. After an inspiring run last season, the team has failed to build on its momentum despite getting key pieces.
Bearing the brunt of all the heavy criticisms is Knicks star Julius Randle. He has been serenaded by boos and jeers all season by the always-critical folks in the Big Apple. Some were warranted, though, as Randle’s play has noticeably regressed after winning last season’s Most Improved Player Award.
But after the All-Star break, it sounds like the 27-year-old Randle is ready to right the ship and lead the Knicks back to the NBA Playoffs. In a video by New York Post, he said all the right things as he was asked about his mindset heading into the second half of the season.
“For me, it’s taking everything one game at a time, prepare myself to be at my best every game, taking care of my body, and getting ready for this home stretch, this last 23 games. The work is done, the preparation is there, and I’ll just play the way I know how to play.”
Randle did have a string of impressive games heading into the All-Star break, and it seems he’s more mentally prepared to carry the load for the Knicks. To recall, he reportedly unfollowed the team on Instagram.
The Knicks, who are no. 12 in the Eastern Conference, will face the surging Miami Heat this Friday.