Knicks' Julius Randle Offers Confusing Injury Update: New York Tracker

JUNE 22 WHICH IS IT? We have no doubt that eventually, New York Knicks standout Julius Randle's season-ending shoulder surgery will allow him to be fine.

But Julius himself is not exactly offering clarity.

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“I’m good, bro. … I’m good, I’m healthy,” Randle said on “7PM in Brooklyn” with Carmelo Anthony.

Wow! Excellent! Already? Because we understood that this was going to be about readiness for training camp in the fall ...

“I’m getting there. It’s a process,'' he continued.

Oh.

Added Randle: "It’s something that’s going to take a long time. I knew that going into it. But I’m ahead of schedule, I’m feeling good. I’m healthy. I’ll be ready when the season starts.”

OK.

JUNE 22 SAS AS HOWARD? Stephen A. Smith is the big dog at ESPN. But he wants bigger. He wants more.

He wants to be Howard Cosell.

John Ourand reports that Smith wants to be making even more money per year than ESPN’s newest mega-star, Pat McAfee, the Colts ex turned media cult hero. So he turned down

“Smith has reportedly been seeking some $25 million per year,” Ourand wrote. “While $18 million might seem like a ton of dough, I’m told Stephen A. wants McAfee bucks. Indeed, WME’s response to ESPN was to point to Pat McAfee’s deal, which nets close to $30 million per year between his studio show and ‘College GameDay’ appearances.”

Word is that Smith would like to be on "Monday Night Football,'' and that ESPN could consider that as a way of boosting its offer.

In fact, Smith has himself talked of such a goal - related to his fellow "New York guy'' and "idol'' Cosell.

“I’m looking at the NFL and I’m saying, ‘Wait a minute, I’ve accomplished a lot of things in my life, but my idol was Howard Cosell, who was in the NFL,’” mused Smith during an interview with Jason Barrett at the Barrett Sports Media Summit in March. “I talk about the NFL on First Take every day. I think I can do it. All of a sudden you get excited about it.”

A critic might note that while Smith does indeed talk about the NFL daily, that doesn't make him qualified to do so. But hey, don't tell that to the eyeballs or the advertisers!

JUNE 20 ALWAYS STAY READY

Consider Taj Gibson a Tom Thibodeau disciple. Since Thibodeau began his head coaching career, the former Chicago Bulls power forward has played for him in 10 of 12 seasons.

While appearing on the Club 520 podcast, Gibson recalled the funny moment when Thibodeau called inquiring about his services.

Watch the video here.

JUNE 19 POWER RANKINGS?? Is it ever too early for "power rankings''?

Well, yes. Yes it is. Nevertheless, ESPN is cranking it out and placing the New York Knicks - heading into the 2024 NBA offseason - as the No. 6 team in the league.

Writes ESPN: “New York had a tremendous season, but the questions this offseason will revolve around if it can repeat that same level of success with the same roster. Hartenstein was a revelation as the team’s starting center after Mitchell Robinson went down with an ankle injury, but he might have played himself out of New York’s price range (the Knicks are limited to Early Bird rights) as a result. The team’s two All-Stars, Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle, are both extension eligible, and coach Tom Thibodeau also should be signing one this summer to keep himself in New York long term.''

All valid. And early.

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