New York Knicks Forward Explains Why He is Looking Forward To Playing with Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier

Published 09/23/2021, 12:52 PM EDT
May 16, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) celebrates with head coach after their game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks are coming off a bittersweet season that saw them exit in the first round of the playoffs. But instead of focusing on the negatives, the duo of the two-time NBA Coach of the Year and NBA’s Most Improved Player for last season look forward to the coming season. Julius Randle has become the franchise cornerstone for the front office to build a championship-contending roster around. And now, he claims he is excited about the fresh additions to the Knicks roster: Evan Fournier and Kemba Walker. The duo recently joined the Knicks after last playing for the Celtics. Julius Randle feels this change will bring more fresh talent to the already strong core of the Knicks roster.

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Randle is ecstatic to play along with Walker and Fournier for the Knicks

During an interview with Sports Illustrated, Ashley Nicole Moss asked Randle about his views on the upcoming season. Especially while keeping in mind the new signing of Walker and Fournier.

He said, “It means a lot. You know, those guys are obviously very versatile players. They can do a lot of different things on the court. They can really shoot the ball, so I’m excited about that. I think they’re gonna obviously make us a lot more talented, and you know with Reggie, Elfrid and all those guys, what they brought to our team is tremendous.” So Randle seemed specifically excited about the increased range of the team. Kemba Walker shoots at a career average of 36% from beyond the arc. While Fournier’s 3-Point Percentage is 37.9% for his career.

Jan 2, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) defends in the fourth quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

“So obviously you know, they’re going to add a lot offensively for us, but us as a team, our main thing has to be the main thing. And that’s why we come in every night and play with tremendous energy and defend. So as long as we do that, we’ll be fine. And you know I think we’ll see great improvement. So we just gotta make sure that we coming in, we locked in, we’re playing defense and getting stops. Because rest of the league doesn’t like doing that. And offensively, honestly, that should be the easy part,”

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What does this mean for the New York Knicks?

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Julius Randle became the most improved player last season, majorly because of his ability to carry the team’s offense consistently. Now that he has some more experience on the roster as compared to last season, he is bound to be excited to play a little more freely. Since he no longer has the pressure to produce 20+ points per game consistently, he can focus on his playmaking. This will enable him to become the nightly triple-double threat he has the potential to become. Are the Knicks going to contend for the championship this season? Looks likely if they remain healthy, they might.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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