Julius Randle had the luck to play alongside Kobe Bryant during his first seasons in the league. The New York Knicks’ superstar talked about his relationship with the legendary former Laker during his appearance in Woj Pod.
The former Lakers’ forward is averaging 23.9 points per game on a surprising Knicks team that is currently in line for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.
(via CBS Sports):
“Honestly I think about him every day. And it’s crazy that you mention that because I was talking to one of my teammates yesterday and he was like ‘bro, Ko probably would’ve come to the game here,’ and I’m like ‘yea he probably would’ve…”
“…But yea man, it’s tough because I would love for him to be able to see it. For me personally, I would love to be able to just, even throughout the course of last season, the ups and downs, and throughout this season, to be able to pick up the phone, text him, call him, and get advice or just talk.
You take those things for granted a little bit, and for me, I think about it all the time, I literally think about him every day.”
Randle is carrying the young Knicks back to the postseason for the first time since 2013. As much as Bryant was able to carry some Lakers’ teams throughout his career, Randle is doing the same for the Knicks this season.
He’s one of the most effective players in isolation plays producing 4.5 points per contest and 0.92 points per game in those situations.
The Knicks are on an eight-game winning streak after their latest victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.