Julius Randle
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New York Knicks star Julius Randle doesn’t think Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks deserved to be named Coach of the Month for April and thinks the award should have gone to his coach, Tom Thibodeau, instead.

Randle was the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for April after a string of strong performances and expected Thibodeau to be acknowledged alongside him. While he respects what Brooks has managed to do with the Wizards in recent weeks, he feels his own coach did a better job.

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“I was very surprised by that,” the All-Star told reporters on Wednesday, per Yahoo Sports. “There’s no way in hell he shouldn’t have been coach of the month. No disrespect to Scott Brooks, he’s doing an amazing job over there with Washington. Just the body of work with what Thibs has had us to all year and throughout the month: nine game winning streak, 11-4, the way our offense has gone and grown throughout the process of the season. Our defense, remaining one of the top defenses. We believe we have the best defense – but remaining one of the top defenses in the league.

“I don’t see how he didn’t win it. But it’s fine. If you ask Thibs the most important thing is winning games, so that’s all he cares about – that’s all we care about.”