HEZI wrote: Chanel Bomber wrote:
RJ, pick, Burks, 1st rounder, filler, for Fox.
At least there would be speed and finishing at the rim
Speed doesn't exactly fit with Randle though. He can't play or doesn't want to play fast. The Knicks won't play with any sort of pace when he's in the game.
I'm not sure what fits with Randle, he's a poor fit with anybody. Last year the crying was about Payton and how he can't shoot. So we went out and got shooting. Now it's he doesn't pass to those shooters we got because he's a selfish ballhog. Pace, he's the slowest on the team and probably in the league. And getting guys to be more on ball while he plays off ball more wont work either because he will sulk like he did when Kemba was doing it earlier. Only time Randle is engaged is when he is the only one touching the ball and shooting the ball and he's not a guy that has any business being THAT guy.
The sooner the FO realizes he needs to go the better
It's a shame because when he plays fast and lets the game come to him he's legitimately a good player.
I wonder if the year he spent in New Orleans with Payton - where they were allowed to shamelessly stat pad for weeks at the expense of the team - did irreparable damage to his game. Because you can see him revert to that guy in the middle of games - where absolutely nothing calls for it.
When he plays with Rose (our best player), the Knicks actually have a +8.3 net rating in 197 minutes. And I think one of the reasons (besides the fact that Randle is surrounded by better players when sharing the court with bench guys) is that he's more willing to let Rose initiate. When he plays PNR as the screener and makes a quick decision off the catch, he's much more efficient. I don't know why he's not willing to play fast with the starting unit - maybe to assert himself as the guy
, or because he doesn't trust his teammates.
One of the reasons Karl Malone was so great even in his mid-30s was how quick every play he made was. His post-ups and his jumpers off the pick-and-pop were incisive. His passes were instantaneous. He just didn't waste time. Of course Julius doesn't possess half the talent that Malone had, but if he were as spontaneous on the court as Malone (as he's shown flashes) he would be a much more impactful player.
In any case, I agree that the FO should probably move on. People say his deal is a bargain for an All-NBA player - well I view him more as a 6th man or a third option on a contender, and that's the point of view from which I look at his contract.