The dream came true when Randle was called up as reserve on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team to culminate his career year in his sophomore season with the Knicks.
Randle becomes the first Knicks player participating in an All-Star game since Carmelo Anthony in 2017. This year’s all-star game is scheduled for March 7th in Atlanta.
Eastern reserves among the front court players included Jayson Tatum and Nikola Vucevic. Randle knocked out Domantas Sabonis from Indiana, Bam Adebayo from Miami and Tobias Harris from Philly.
Kristaps Porzingis was named to the All-Star Team in 2018, but never made it to the competition. Shortly after being named, he ripped his ACL and never played a game for the Knicks again. « It would mean a lot, » Randle said Tuesday after the Knicks morning shoot-around, hours before the reveal. “It was never my goal to just play in the NBA. I always felt like I would get there. I just wanted to be the best player I could be and reach my potential. And I try to push myself to do it every day. It would definitely be a milestone. “
The league coaches chose Randle and the Knicks striker sensed that he was respected by all of the doubles he has faced on his way to career this season.
Randle has so far this season played in all 31 games and achieved career highs in points (23.2), rebounds (11.0), assists (5.5) and minutes (36.8). It entered the season after a boring first year as trade bait, but now it’s anything but. The Post learned that Randle is viewed as part of the future and the Knicks are reluctant to move him with his $ 20 million team option. Randle is a client of the Creative Artists Agency, who formerly ran Knicks President Leon Rose. « I think I get this confirmation of how [opposing coaches] play me every night, » said Randle. « With the double teams. How they try to plan game. All of these things. Obviously the all-star nod would be amazing. Every player makes an effort. “
Randle said that if he had done it, the decision would have been made about his » influence on winning « . With a slightly respectable roster, the Knicks faced the Warriors 15-16 on Tuesday. In fact, they would be far worse without his nightly dominance which included his improvement over the 3-point line and his decision-making and leadership. Randle didn’t make the playoffs in his first six seasons, but that could change.
« As you grow as you progress as a player, you learn how to do the little things to make the team win to help, « said Randle. “Coach [Tom Thibodeau] has done a great job coaching me and getting me into these positions. And we win with these numbers. But I think a lot of people maybe counted us as a team before the year and said we wouldn’t be that good as a team. We turn many heads from game to game, so that probably has something to do with it. «
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