Julius Randle’s 2021-22 season has been poor as he and the New York Knicks failed to live up to their expectations. But it took a strange turn when the team stopped making Randle available to the media for a few weeks. New York was fined after Randle was kept out of press conferences.
After the Knicks defeated the LA Clippers to end a three-game losing streak, Randle was made available for postgame questions. He said it was the franchise’s decision not to allow him to speak to reporters after games.
Randle’s post-match presser ended with two questions about why he hadn’t spoken to the media: “I appreciate Mr. Dolan,” Randle said. “He’s great. But the reaction was that the team didn’t make me available.”
Full interaction here: pic.twitter.com/e4FfED2ZXz
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 23, 2022
Randle had 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists to help the Knicks defeat the Clippers. It was a essential victory, as it came after three bad home defeats. RJ Barrett did most of the heavy lifting, scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, all of which led the team. Randle and Barrett thriving together, rather than taking turns playing big games, is a big key to turning the season around.
The Knicks are no strangers to bizarre scandals, though this one is much, much less spicy than those of the past few years. Although Randle was fined for his NSFW comments regarding Knicks fans, keeping him out of media availability sessions is a terrible look on both sides. It looks like the situation is being handled, but it won’t make the Knicks feel bad this season.
The Knicks, now 23-24 this season, will look to continue their road success against the Cleveland Cavaliers, although they will likely be without Mitchell Robinson, who sprained his ankle in the win.