New York Knicks Star Julius Randle Explains How Madison Square Garden Is Like a ‘Broadway Show’

Published 09/14/2021, 12:06 PM EDT
May 26, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) reacts after scoring a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of game two of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle left the Los Angeles Lakers, the two players have improved leaps and bounds to become incredible players. Clarkson is plying his trade in Utah while Julius Randle has become the Knicks’ franchise player. Coincidentally, Clarkson became the Sixth Man Player of the Year while Randle became the Most Improved Player, last season. Randle, on the other hand, expressed his gratitude to the Knicks franchise in making the place feel like home.

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Julius Randle loves MSG

The power forward was excellent last season with his sensational performances. Despite all the struggles with the Lakers, Randle has finally found his happy place.

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“Madison Square is a special place. And I didn’t realize the energy and how crazy it was. Like, I played in Barclays in college, and I always loved going to New York. But I didn’t realize the energy and excitement of New York Knicks fans.”

Feb 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks’ Julius Randle (30) shoots in front of Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins (20) and Trae Young (11) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

“So my first time ever playing in there, it was literally like a Broadway show. The whole arena is dark. The court is lit up. And the fans are going nuts, and now I really get to call that place home, and on top of that, building something special there. It’s truly been amazing,” said Randle.

It’s quite obvious that he loves the Garden. Even though the New York Knicks lost their playoff match against the Atlanta Hawks, the whole of the arena was buzzing when the two teams met. The whole vibe and energy in that place is something else.

Just ask Trae Young!!!

Why is MSG so famous?

The arena is home to the New York Knicks in NBA while hosting a lot of music concerts and WWE shows. Situated in the bustling City of New York, people call the Garden as “The Most Famous Coliseum in the Word.” Ever since it got built in 1879, the arena was known for its architecture and aesthetics. The famous band ‘Rolling Stones’ named it the coolest arena in the US.

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The arena has hosted a lot of incredible sporting events like 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup Championship, the 1970 Knicks NBA Championship, as well as the famous fight in 1971 between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali.

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At present, Randle is playing his heart out in MSG. The only aim for the franchise now would be to add another NBA championship to this magnificent arena.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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