Julius Randle-Obi Toppin problem hangs over Knicks’ offseason

Rate it as the most truthful remark Knicks president Leon Rose made about his vision during Sunday’s interview with MSG Network. Rose supported Julius Randle and his rough season, but later added, “With regard to opportunities that may come along, we’re very flexible.” The Knicks will be “very flexible” regarding Randle. His status ranks as … Read more

Knicks’ Obi Toppin, Julius Randle discuss playing together next season

Obi Toppin’s recent offensive surge only has accentuated the intriguing question — and the clamoring of chanting fans — whether the Knicks can find him more playing time next season, particularly when Julius Randle is healthy and available. If the Knicks remain committed to Randle, who will miss his fifth consecutive game in Sunday’s season … Read more

Julius Randle’s disappointing season is also on Tom Thibodeau

Baseball’s Opening Day is approaching, and the Knicks are going to be free soon to take in as many Yankees and Mets games as they care to watch. So let us put Tom Thibodeau’s two seasons in New York in a balls-and-strikes context. Last year, Thibs was a league MVP who hit .325 with 37 … Read more

Julius Randle denies seeking trade from Knicks after hearing boos

Julius Randle heard a fair amount of boos during pregame introductions, but the Knicks’ highest-paid player forcefully denied suggestions that he is seeking a trade in the offseason or that he isn’t committed to the organization long term. “That’s not true, bro. That’s just not true, simple as that, it’s not true at all,” Randle … Read more

Julius Randle hears boos in Knicks’ loss to Hornets

Julius Randle heard a fair amount of boos during pregame introductions, and the Knicks couldn’t keep the late-season good times rolling amid rumblings of their highest-paid player’s unhappiness in New York. Randle scored 21 points with seven assists, but the Knicks couldn’t fully erase a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter as their season-best winning … Read more

Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau shares blame for Julius Randle’s failures

Baseball’s Opening Day is fast approaching, and the Knicks are going to be free pretty soon to take in as many Yankees and Mets games as they care to watch. So let us put Tom Thibodeau’s two seasons in New York in a balls-and-strikes context. Last year, Thibs was a league MVP who hit .325 … Read more

Julius Randle could be forcing way off Knicks in ‘James Harden type of way’

“The Julius Randle Riddle” continued amid the giddiness of the Knicks’ fourth straight victory Monday over the Bulls. The video of Randle marching off the court after getting the final rebound and flinging it away without celebrating with his teammates struck another sour tone with the fan base burnt by Randle’s “thumbs-down” gesture. It was … Read more

Knicks get look at potential life without Julius Randle

MIAMI — Earlier this week, the team-run MSG Network Twitter handle posted a video of RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin sitting on the bench together. It was entitled “The Future.” The caption was eyebrow-raising, considering Toppin plays Julius Randle’s position of power forward. Last August, Randle signed a four-year, $118 million contract extension. Neither Toppin … Read more

Julius Randle’s career-high 46 points spark Knicks’ win over Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Julius Randle got fined by the NBA Sunday and then got even. This time it was the Knicks’ turn to rally from a big shortage and capture a desperately needed victory. Randle exploded for a career-high 46 points to lead a 44-point third-quarter barrage as the Knicks rallied from 19 points down … Read more

Julius Randle’s erratic psyche a growing Knicks concern

LOS ANGELES — Out of the desolate locker-room area inside Footprint Center in Phoenix late Friday night, Knicks president Leon Rose, chief adviser William Wesley and executive Allan Houston trudged gravely down the hallway with glum faces. They had watched not just another loss, but a traumatic one against the depleted Suns, who were missing … Read more