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

Why Knicks giving RJ Barrett a max extension shouldn’t be a lock

CHARLOTTE — It’s been a season of beckoning promise for RJ Barrett — the only significant thing Knicks fans can cling to amid this season of darkness. But before it’s considered a fait accompli Barrett has earned a maximum rookie contract extension worth up to $181 million over five years with his dogged, attack-the-rim game, … Read more

Knicks still face ‘profound rebuild’ and a not quick fix

Well, this much we can say with a fair amount of confidence: It isn’t all No. 30’s fault. The wreckage of this 2021-22 Knicks season can’t be draped exclusively around Julius Randle’s shoulders, and it can’t be dumped entirely at his feet. Logically, you would think most Knicks fans understood, and understand, that. But when … Read more

Knicks’ options to solve their never-ending point guard crisis

The third-quarter turnover versus Utah didn’t decide Sunday’s game but was emblematic of this melancholy Knicks’ season without a point guard. Facing his former team, starting point guard Alec Burks threw a short pass to Julius Randle on the perimeter. Juancho Hernangomez made an easy interception of the telegraphed feed, sprinted downcourt, and got fouled … Read more

Tom Thibodeau not closing the door on Miles McBride’s Knicks role

It’s not over yet for rookie combo guard Miles McBride. Once shooting guard and fellow rookie Quentin Grimes made his return from a knee injury Friday against Washington, playing 19 minutes, McBride was the odd man out. McBride, the point guard out of West Virginia, had launched into the rotation during the Knicks’ recent six-game … Read more

Julius Randle falls apart as Knicks lose to Jaz

On a night the Knicks needed Julius Randle to be a Garden star against the mighty Jazz, he laid an egg while Donovan Mitchell shined. The Knicks blew a big opportunity to make March more interesting with a 108-93 loss Sunday to the Jazz as Randle stunk out the Garden and heard well-deserved late boos. … Read more

Knicks’ hopes of landing Donovan Mitchell could hinge on assistant

Late in the night on Feb. 7, after the Jazz had rolled over the Knicks in Salt Lake City, Knicks assistant Johnnie Bryant and Donovan Mitchell huddled briefly in a hallway. Bryant cut the meeting short. “Got to see my former boss,” Bryant said, referring to Jazz head coach Quin Snyder. Off went Bryant. They … Read more

Mitchell Robinson’s offensive rebounding giving Knicks a boost

As the Knicks contemplate whether to retain Mitchell Robinson on a long-term contract, his impact on the offensive glass continues to soar. The pending free-agent center recorded 10 offensive rebounds and 12 boards overall in Friday’s 110-107 victory over the Wizards at the Garden. Robinson trails only Grizzlies big man Steven Adams in offensive rebounds … Read more

Knicks’ Julius Randle shed tears over Kenny Payne’s departure

At Friday’s introductory press conference in Louisville, former Knicks assistant coach Kenny Payne said he, Knicks president Leon Rose and senior advisor William Wesley had “cried six, seven times a day” over his decision to leave for his alma mater. Payne left out Julius Randle, the former Kentucky stud whom Payne recruited out of Dallas … Read more

Kristaps Porzingis drinks in Knicks fans’ boos

Kristaps Porzingis was back at the Garden on Friday night for the first time this season, returning with his new team, the Wizards, following a trade deadline deal from Dallas. The spurned New York fans were ready for him again, of course, booing the former hometown All-Star before and throughout the Knicks’ 100-97 victory to … Read more