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Showing posts with label Julius Randle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Julius Randle. Show all posts

Sunday, November 20, 2022

This could have been a blowout of epic proportions.


It wasn't difficult to predict the outcome of this game after this week's loss to Golden State.

Had it not been for Jalen Brunson and Quentin Grimes, this would have been a blowout of epic proportions.

Julius Randle and RJ Barrett were exposed again today. They were of zero help to this team on offense and defense.

Two of the Knicks big three were merely spectators and Gatorade tasters in Phoenix this afternoon.

When I was a kid, I read Butch Beard's book on coaching basketball, and one of his cardinal sins was jumping while passing.  Julius Randle obviously has never read the book because he is still making this ridiculous mistake at his age and stage of his career.

I fault his coach for allowing him to continue playing as if he has antigravity shoes. Leaping with no commitment only forces poor shots or turnovers.

RJ Barrett looks down right sluggish. He moves as if he's playing in mud. Has he either checked out mentally, or is exhausted?

Phoenix made sure everyone touched the ball and had 6 players in double digits for a balanced scoring attack. The Knicks, not so much.

On an afternoon when the Knicks most desperately needed scoring, Evan Fournier didn't get a single minute, which tells me he is not long to be in a New York uniform.

Tomorrow night in Oklahoma, there is a fleeting chance that this road trip can be salvaged, but I wouldn't bet money on it.

Knicks lose again, Sun 116 – Knicks 95

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Kevin Durant is still King of New York


Before last night's game, the Knicks fans were so delighted to take on the Brooklyn Nets.

They knew for certain that with all the turmoil in the organization and the bad press surrounding the team, this would be an easy victory.

This feeling also permeated the Knicks line up. So much so that Julius Randle was talking shit to the crowd and the Nets before the ball was tipped.

The Knicks came into the Barclay Center with a record of 4-7 and acting like they were on top of the division. But little did they know that the real King of New York wasn't about to entertain their foolishness.

Kevin Durant was at the top of his game and in full Slim Reaper mode.

The Nets as a team had enough of the smug Knicks and the media and came out determined to whoop ass. And whoop ass they did.

This game wasn't even close after the first five minutes. 

Unlike the Knicks, the Nets played as a team on offense and defense. 

Beautiful ball movement had every Net touching the ball on each possession, causing the Knicks to be off balance and outwitted.

Damn near every Net had wide open shots and hit them with consistency. Jalen Brunson and Evan Fournier have to be the worst defensive back court in the entire NBA. No exaggeration. 

On defense, the Nets collapsed in the paint and dared the Knicks to beat them from the three point line. Of course, they couldn't.

As long as Brunson insists upon pounding the ball, not demanding that all Knicks, including Randle, rotate the ball to the open man, the Knicks won't even make the playoffs.

Edmond Sumner started the game at the point in place of Kyrie Irving, and he ate Jalen Brunson alive. Sumner looked like the second coming of Chris Paul against the Knicks and cemented his place on this season's roster.

KD finished the game with a triple double. 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists along with a steal and two blocked shots. Vintage superstar performance, the Knicks had no answer for him. Kevin Durant is still King of New York.

Knicks lose again, Nets 115 -Knicks 85





Saturday, April 2, 2022

Have we seen the last of Julius Randle in a Knicks uniform?



A depleted Cleveland Cavaliers team came into Madison Sqaure Garden and owned the Knicks.

It was embarrassing to watch New York get manhandled, and I hate the Knicks.

Even RJ Barrett could not finish at the rim today. He must work on this in the off season as well as his mid-range shot. If he can learn how to pull up and shoot that short jumper instead of his familiar pass or head to the basket moves, he'd easily score twenty per game next season and be helpful in the fourth quarter to close out games.

For those who thought that Barrett was better than LeVert I hope this game cleared that foolishness up for you. Caris' game is light years ahead of RJ.

Leon Rose really needs to evaluate his coach's season because he did a rotten job of preparing and developing his young players in my opinion.

Obi Toppin thrives when he is on the court with Quickley and yet the coach of the year started Burks again. I just don't get it.

Toppin got his career high today, but it meant nothing. 

At least losing today ties the Knicks for tenth place in the draft lottery. Should they throw the game against Orlando tomorrow? 

Have we seen the last of Julius Randle in a Knicks uniform?

All I know for certain is that the Knicks lose again, Cleveland 119 - Knicks 101.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Are the Knicks done? Yes.

 


Trae Young came into MSG and showed Knicks fans his entire ass. He mooned James Dolan with 45 points.

The Knicks, minus Julius Randle, played well enough to have a ten-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Everyone touched the ball and things were promising. However.

Was there another fourth quarter melt down? Yes.

Was coach Thibs locked into his ridiculous substitutions that resulted in mistakes when the game was on the line? Yes.

Are the Knicks done? Yes.

Knicks lose again, Hawks 117 - New York 111

Monday, March 21, 2022

He's clearly not built for this.



Julius Randle shoots 6-22 from the field and 1-6 from deep for 13 points and 12 rebounds and this guy still thinks that this is his team.

Time for the charade to end and turn this team officially over to RJ Barrett. Randle's attitude and poor play is hurting the development of this team.

Barrett had 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. RJ didn't exactly set the world on fire, but his aggression and efficiency set the tone for this team. 

It is time for Knicks management to focus on packaging Randle for a trade and turning the rest of the season over to its young core, building Barrett into the super star it has hoped to get for many years.

As usual the Knicks kept the game close and entertaining for three and a half quarters before they went to shit. 

The Knicks could have won if in the 4th quarter they had gone to a full court press on defense and shortened the lineup putting smaller guys in the front court who could at least threaten to shoot from midrange. 

This would have resulted in pulling Utah's big men from the paint reducing their ability to block and change shots at the basket. I guess it just never occurred to the coach of the year to change strategies and attempt to win.

Mitchell Robinson could become a billionaire if he developed a 15-foot jump shot or a 10-foot hook shot.

Julius Randle unraveled of course and got into a pushing match with the Jazz center Rudy Golbert at the end of the game. Randle even went as far as slapping the hand of the referee off him as he and Golbert were being separated. Let's see if that results in fines or a suspension or both.

The stage and bright lights are too much for this guy. There is no winning of anything with Randle who can't keep his composure during and after games. He's clearly not built for this.

The Knicks lose again, Utah Jazz 108 - 93 New York Knicks.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

What's new?


No Aldrige, no Simmons, no Curry, and no Kyrie but oh that got damn Slim Reaper. 

Can we all be honest about the Knicks coach once and for all. For his entire career when he is minus Derrick Rose, he is no better than a police athletic league coach.

Coach Thibodeau mind boggling substitutions cost this team as many games as Randle handling the ball late in the game.

The fact that this guy has not developed for an entire season one point guard to handle the ball later in the fourth quarter is just criminal.

This guy has had the entire season of watching Julius Randle single handedly turning balls over in the fourth quarter leading to losses and yet he does the same dumb thing putting the ball in his Randle's hands during crunch time.

The only thing better than watching the Knicks lose is watching Knicks fans YouTube post and pregame videos. The world these guys are living in for the most part is pure comedy.

If they aren't saying ridiculous things like the Nets are a bigger mess than the Knicks, they are making outrageous predictions about winning as if they don't know the Knicks record.

There is not much else to say Knicks fans other than you want no part of the playoffs, finish tanking and hope for point guard help in the draft. 

Oh, and to the douchebag hosts at WFAN that snubbed the Nets on last Friday's morning show your disgusting lowlife character is a direct reflection of your team and why you will not see the Knicks win a championship in your lifetimes.

The Nets are the class of New York City, and the Knicks are light years away from competing for anything. What's new?

The Knicks lose again, Brooklyn 110 - Knicks 107.



Saturday, March 5, 2022

Julius Randle, you are a lummox.


In the third quarter of last night's game with the Phoenix Suns the Knicks were up by 10 points and rolling. Looking as if they might pick up the rare road victory against a shorthanded but still an exceptionally good team.

But no.

Instead of being the levelheaded veteran leader of the Knicks Julius Randle decided to play the role of punk and gave Cam Johnson of the Phoenix Suns a shot to the ribs late in the third quarter.

The blow was so hard that it not only knocked the wind out of Johnson it also ignited some pushing and shoving which got Randle his second technical of the night and an ejection from the game.

Cam Johnson was the bear he decided to poke on the Suns, and it was the wrong dude.

Cam Johnson went on to finish the game with 38 points, 24 points scored in the fourth quarter including the buzzer beater game winning shot mostly from his career high of nine three pointers which also tied a Suns franchise record.

Julius Randle, the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks a lot Julius, I thoroughly enjoyed watching your team be left shorthanded and destroyed in the fourth quarter because you are a lummox.

Randle's basketball IQ has to be borderline retarded. If this guy doesn't play with a crack the whip type of point guard and a coach that doesn't excuse his boorish behavior, he will never amount to being a championship caliber player.

Between the Knicks tanking and Randle imploding I, as a Nets fan, am quite enjoying the end of this season. 

Knicks lose again, Suns 115 - Knicks 114.



Sunday, February 27, 2022

Are the Knicks tanking?


Today, the Knicks starting point guard, Alec Burks, had as many assists as I did. Zero.

Again, in the fourth quarter the Knicks fell apart because there was no one running the ship. I was hoping that Raymond Felton would run out of the stands in his t-shirt, gut and all.

At least Raymond would demand that players are in position and running the sets that the coach knows give the team the best chance to win.

Despite being under powered facing a team with Joel Embiid and James Harden the Knicks kept the game close for three quarters.

But hasn't that been the memo of this team all season?

They have to lead the league in close but no cigar games in the NBA this season.

When will this coach learn that in the fourth quarter Julius Randle is reckless at handling the ball and inefficient from the field?

RJ Barrett was not accurate from the three-point line, but the fourth quarter would be a perfect time to run a two-man game with RJ and a solid point for easy buckets at the rim and mid-range shots.

Julius Randle should be a threat in the paint in the fourth quarter even if it means playing him at center if it forces him to get his rear end in the paint and not thinking about beating guys off the dribble or shooting terrible jump shots.

I mean for goodness' sake the Knicks can't bring up Jordan Allen or Kenneth Savage from the G league to give them a look? Either one would be better than Alec Burks who started at point guard this afternoon and had zero assists. 

Yes, it has gotten that bad with Kemba gone and D Rose injured. 

Are the Knicks tanking? I have a feeling they are. 

If tanking will get them a point guard high in the next draft and a good chance for the morbidly obese Zion Williamson, then this might be the best strategic move they made all season.

Knicks lose again, Sixers 125 - Knicks 109.



Tuesday, February 15, 2022

No love on Valentine's Day for Knicks fans.


Let me tell you, this was one delicious loss to watch last night. Knicks fans, do you still think the Nets are worse off than you?

Last night, a 19-year-old rookie came into the Garden and waxed the Knicks with a triple double. Josh Giddey had 28 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the OKC Thunder went on the beat the Knicks in overtime by the score of 127 - 123.

In fairness, the Knicks stayed close enough to take the game into overtime but only because they had a huge lead going into the fourth quarter which melted away because there is no point guard to control the offense in crunch time. 

It is hard continuing to be upset with Julius Randle. Knicks fans, it was your coach who had Randle mishandling the ball during the last minutes of regulation.

Coach Thibodeau had an entire season to prepare one of the young guards for moments like the end of the fourth quarter and he failed. 

The coach likes to play vets because he simply doesn't know how to teach young players. He counts on vets, even broken-down ones, to carry out his plays. With extraordinarily little success this season.

Do you think it is an accident that Josh Gibson is playing, and Obi Toppin is not?

OKC struggled all season to score one hundred points, except when they played the Knicks. 

If the Thunder is considered a G League team what then are the Knicks who have been swept by OKC this season? 

It means the Knicks suck harder than a G League team.

No love on Valentine's Day for Knicks fans. Knicks lose again, OKC 127 - 123 Knicks.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Your team is a disgrace


So Knicks fans, you still think your team is better off than the Nets? LOL Stop lying to yourselves, your team is a disgrace.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

This is your team now, dominate every night

 

The Knicks went into the colosseum against the Lakers guns blazing in the first half. Julius was aggressive and RJ Barrett was channeling Tracy McGrady.

This only lasted a half, however. In the third quarter the Knicks completely collapsed.

It was as if they had their memories wiped at halftime and completely forgot how they dominated the Lakers in the first two quarters.

Maybe at the half the players, including Julius Randle, were able to get access to their phones and allowed all the trade rumors to get to them. I have no idea.

But I do know that the Knicks let Malik Monk play like he was the second coming of Michael Jordan as he almost single-handedly cleared the Knicks lead over Los Angeles.

During the Lakers big third quarter coach Thibodeaux made zero changes to try to cool Los Angeles off. This guy may not be the coach this team needs.

Barrett fought hard in the final period and was able to snatch victory from the Lakers at the end of the fourth quarter and took the game into overtime.

Unfortunately, RJ had very little help in OT and the Knicks fell in defeat to the Lakers.

It is time for RJ to realize that this is his team now. He cannot limit himself to only taking three shots in the third quarter.

When RJ decides to take the game over few teams can stop him it is time that he stops holding himself back acquiescing to Randle.

I hope that at the end of the game when LeBron hugged Barrett and gave him some words of encouragement that some of those words were 'This is your team now, dominate every night'. 

Get RJ a real point guard, let Randle move on to another team and find a center that can score a little and this team changes into a real competitor.

Knicks lose again, Lakers 122 - Knicks 115.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

This team needs more than energy and hype

 


Despite Julius Randle only getting 13 points and playing like Tony Randall, Obi Toppin for some reason only known by the coach only played 9 minutes and contributed zero points.

The Knicks played as if they were utterly bored and waiting for the Celtics killer, Evan Fournier to come in and save the day forgetting that Evan was a scratch for the game.

The Celtics beat the Knicks by 24 points and the way it felt in the second half it wasn't even that close.

After the game Knicks fans online continued to stamp their little feet complaining that Obi didn't get enough minutes to prove why they still feel he is a better option than Julius.

The fact is, Obi has neither the offensive game nor the confidence to come in and take over when the team needs more than energy and hype.

Stop blaming it on the coach Knicks fans. At some point the players must find an identity amongst themselves to go out on the court and play like a bunch of fucking wild dogs.

Obi, RJ and Randle must become a bunch of killers if they want to gain respect and make the playoffs.

To hell with what the fans say, to hell with being friends with everyone in the league, this team must snap out of playing like a bunch of pussies comfortable with being the doormat of the Eastern conference.

Knicks fans, until this bunch of guys accept the fact that their failure begins and ends with all their excuses for why they can't win they will just be a pile of hot steaming crap.

Knicks lose again, Celtics 99 - 75 Knicks.



Sunday, January 2, 2022

The glaring weakness; a lack of development of the youth


The Knicks faced the Toronto Raptors today in Toronto to an empty arena. It seems that the new variant spread was enough scare the city of Toronto into banning fans whether vaccinated or not.

I don't know if the lack of fans threw the Knicks players off but it was interesting to hear how loud Toronto's shots were as they pulled away from the Knicks to eventually win the game.

11 points collective from Miles McBride and Immanuel Quickley was the margin of loss and shows that neither guy is better than Rose or Kemba Walker at this time in their careers.

Obi Toppin was able to redeem himself from his last 5 point effort. Today, he got 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists filling the void of the missing Julius Randle.

Unfortunately, the Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet complete destroyed the Knicks back court this afternoon with 35 points,5 assists and 5 rebounds.

The glaring weakness of the Knicks is a lack of development of the youth.

Why in year three RJ Barrett still only going to his left? Why is Quickley still making situational mistakes at the point just setting up the offense? Why is Julius still not understanding when to not switch and stay with his man on defense?

I don't think the team has the right coach to develop young players to be solid role guys for the future. Thibs is best with a group of veterans and that is not this team. 

Knicks lose again, Raptors 120 - 105 Knicks.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Honestly, I didn't watch this game



Honestly, I didn't watch this game so I can't comment on how the Knicks lost but they suck so I knew they'd lose.

Julius Randle didn't play but I see that Obi Toppin got a woppin' 5 points total. I guess Knicks fans are right, they can trade Julius now. 

The New York Post reported that Kemba Walker was a scratch due to his knee not feeling right before the game. That's not going to help his trade value.

Knicks lose again, Thunder 95 - 80 Knicks


Sunday, December 19, 2021

Randle is not a star Thibs, for your own longevity, stop coaching as if he is.


If no other game this season showed you what is wrong with the Knicks last night had to have sealed the deal.

Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier were aggressive last night against the Celtics and the offense ran extremely well.

When Walker, 29 points, and Fournier, 32 points, played as if Randle wasn't on the floor in the 3rd quarter the Knicks 41 point quarter was the highest of the season.

In the fourth quarter, when Randle and Coach Thibodeaux ran the offense as if Julius is a super star who has to close out the game the Knicks fell apart and again New York handed a victory to a team which it should have easily beaten.

After the game Kemba Walker was asked if he wanted to stay in New York he did not say he does, he stated that he wants to play. Walker clearly put the coach and Knicks management on notice, play me or trade me. 

Walker has no allegiance to this organization anymore if he ever had any since he was banished to the hinterlands by coach Thibs.

And now we know why Thibs benched Walker. In Thib's mind Randle is the star and if anyone can't play well with him then he doesn't exist. Fournier makes too much money for such a banishment so Kemba was made the example.

This coach has hitched his wagon to Randle and it is going to be the very reason why he loses his job here. Randle is not a star Thibs, for your own longevity, stop coaching as if he is.

Knicks lose again, Celtics 114 - 107 Knicks.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

It's not bad in MSG, it's really bad


Quentin Grimes set the Knicks rookie record for three point shots in a game with 7. Grimes finished the game leading all Knicks scorers with 27 points.

It was all for naught however because the Knicks got their asses kicked by the Bucks this afternoon as Giannis registered his first triple double of the season.

If the season ended today the Knicks would not be in the playoffs and I have a feeling it'll be the same when the season ends.

It's not bad in MSG, it's really bad and it is not going to get any better.

A younger more forward thinking coach would focus on developing Sims, Grimes, Quickley, Toppin and Barrett. Preparing them either to be the cornerstones of this franchise or solid desirable pieces for superstar trades in the near future.

In order to do that the coach of the year would have to shift his paradigm and I don't think it's going to happen with this old dog.

Knicks lose again, Bucks 112 - 97 Knicks.

Friday, December 3, 2021

This is your franchise superstar?


Fans will argue that Julius Randle had no help last night. He carried the team and no one came to his rescue.

The fact is Randle could have helped himself by making free throws and not turning the ball over.

This is your franchise superstar and that's it? 

DeMar DeRozan was another guard in a long line this season that abused the Knicks back court for 34 points. 

When will this city stop excusing the poor fourth quarter execution just because they lost a close game. Close only counts in horseshoes fans.

"We almost beat two good teams!", you hear the fans cry. Except there is no "Almost" column in the box score. You either Win or Lose.

No more moral victories Knicks fans. You can't on one hand say you played tough then make arguments about being underhanded when you lose. Every team has injuries and guys out. No one is shedding a single tear.

Randle finished the game with 30 points and 6 assists but he also had seven critical turnovers. He giveth and he taketh away.

The rest of the team was no help and it was evident from the first half when the Knicks were completely out hustled by Chicago.

The Knicks plainly do not know how to play together and all that falls on the coach.

1-4 in the last five games, .500 and still you argue that they are a respectable team. Oh really?

Knicks lose again Chicago 119 - 115 Knicks.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Julius Randle, you will never be That Guy.

My favorite thing to do these days is visiting Knicks fans pregame shows on YouTube. Boy you should have heard them last night. They were hilarious.💀

They ranged from cautiously optimistic to a bunch of drunks stuck in the 90's with championship fantasies.

Then the game began and at courtside was none other than Spike Lee in his Fedora and pink clown suit. The Knicks fans will make you bust a gut if you let them.

I am not going to give the Knicks any credit for their effort last night just because the score was close and as Stephen A Smith pointed out the stands were full of Knicks fans.

Y'all can come to Brooklyn Stephen A, we'll take your money then whoop you. That's how we do in Brooklyn, ain't nothing new. 

The Nets toyed with the Knicks until halftime then as the third quarter began Durant put the spanking on the Knicks starters to show them who their new daddy is.

Yes the score  was close in the final seconds however I was never in doubt that the Nets would not win with the Slim Reaper on the floor. 

The Knicks resorted to fouling and Julius Randle acting like a big damn baby because the refs didn't give him star treatment.

Julius, at the end of the game there were two future hall of famers on the floor who get the benefit of the doubt and neither of them was wearing a Knicks jersey.

NYC better hope the Knicks don't represent them, or they too are a bunch of losers. Julius Randle, you will never be That Guy.

Knicks lose again, Nets 112 - 110 Knicks


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Playing in Madison Square Garden is just what every scrub in the league needs.

 


Knicks fans don't start all your whining about how the team should never have given Julius Randle an extension. You same people were chanting "MVP" after every big shot Randle made last season.

This is the same Julius Randle that everyone praised for working so hard to improve his game and his desire be here.

There will be no Randle trades and coach Thibodeaux will not be fired.

To hear it from you guys the Knicks were not only the best team in the city but were on the cusp of making a run for the NBA title. What had happened?

Do you now realize how crazy you all sounded?

The Knicks are not driving you guys crazy. You are doing that to yourselves.

The Knicks last season was comprised of mediocre talent whose defensive hustle allowed them to fight above their weight. But this was never really a good team.

Signing broken down old point guards and allowing underappreciated defensive talent to walk was clearly a recipe of disaster. You guys had to know this. Stop acting surprised that you guys were going to be lucky if the Knicks made the playoffs this season.

The bar was set so low for this franchise that the stubborn unimaginative Thibodeaux actually won coach of the year last season.

Again, a guy came off the bench for the Magic and had his best night. Terrence Ross who normally averages 10 points per game had 19 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds.

Playing the Knicks in Madison Square Garden is just what every scrub in the league needs to gain his confidence, have a career night and carry his team to victory.

The Knicks are the gift that keeps on giving. 

Knicks Lose Again, Magic 104 - 98 Knicks.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

I was 100 percent correct.



Do I really need to recap this one? I don't think so. I told you what was going to happen before the game in the previous post and I was 100 percent correct.

If you were smart you would have taken my wise words and made some money Knicks fans instead of just being salty over the truth.

Knicks Lose Again, Charlotte 104 - 96 Knicks.