In the world of sports, as important as having an opportunity is being prepared for it. It has been less than a year since Julius Randle, although perhaps he did not know it at the time, he saw himself in the ideal context to take the great leap of his sporting career. The opportunity was called Tom Thibodeau, who came to a group with a certain lack of individual talent that Randle had to compensate. Boy did he make up for it.
It is not common domain, or at least it is not proclaimed from the rooftops as in other cases, but Julius Randle is one of those players totally committed to improving and going out to win every day. And now it will charge as one of them for the next five years. But like all nonconformists, loot is not the end of the road. “For me, the expectation is to win a ring” counted for CUT talking about the goals surrounding its recent renovation. Randle believes the Knicks finally have the pieces and direction they need to think higher. “Beyond me, I know that Thibs only thinks about winning at any cost. I trust Leon [Rose, presidente], Wes [William Wesley, general manager] and all those who are in command. They are a fundamental part of the process that I followed to renew. Our goal is to be able to say that we have won a ring with New York ”.
Fresh from his vacation, Randle has not forgotten the foundational ideas of the project. Defending and competing until the last breath, something that he never tires of emphasizing when he talks about how the team is already working. In general, he is seen to be excited about the group’s behavior, but he personalizes his praise on RJ Barret, from whom he expects “a big leap”, and on Mitchell Robinson, whom he describes as “mazado“. This is not to say that Randle believes that the team is ready to storm the ring and does not stop emphasizing the process in which he and the franchise are immersed. “[Este año] I just hope to get better. We have established the team culture that we wanted. We must continue to improve individually and transfer it to the collective. I can’t talk about expectations yet ”.
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