Is Julius Randle closer to returning?

With the NBA regular season in full swing, the New York Knicks are slowly getting back to full strength. New York welcomed OG Anunoby back for Tuesday’s win over the Philadelphia 76ers and is now waiting for Julius Randle to recover.

Randle has missed the team’s last 19 games after dislocating his shoulder late in the Jan. 27 win over Miami. With Anunoby back, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau offered an update before Tuesday’s 106-79 win.

“He’s shooting, he’s doing individual work, it’s all good. He can go 5-0; that kind of thing, light pad contact,” Thibodeau said, per SNY’s Ian Begley. “It’s about him feeling better. You’ve got to continue to strengthen the shoulder and go from there.”

“You know what the move is so you can prepare. So there’s a progression to what you have to deal with.”

Despite his injury, Randle was named to his third All-Star game, overcoming a slow start to average 24 points and 9.2 rebounds in 46 appearances. Randle spoke about what’s next for him shortly after the Knicks reunited after the break and didn’t rule out surgery potentially ending his season.