Knicks’ Josh Hart raises injury concerns for OG Anunoby, Julius Randle with eye-opening take

The New York Knicks have been dealing with the absences of Julius Randle and OG Anunoby for some time, and Josh Hart’s comments on when he expects the two players to return may worry some Knicks fans.

“I look at it like this is the team we’re going to have,” Josh Hard said, via Steve Popper of Newsday. “I think we have to approach it this way, that those guys are not coming back and obviously we would be pleasantly surprised if they came back. I’m not involved in those media conversations or anything like that, so I don’t know one dick from another. But we have to think every game and at the end of this season that those guys are not coming back and if they do they will be pleasantly surprised.”

Julius Randle hasn’t played for the Knicks since January 27, when he dislocated his shoulder after a hard fall late in their home win against the Miami Heat. It is unknown when, or if, Randle will be able to return this season, whether in the regular season or the playoffs. Given that Randle played on an ankle that needed surgery in the playoffs last year, he would likely play below 100% this year if possible.

OG Anunoby has been dealing with an elbow injury that surfaced after the same game Randle got hurt against the Heat. Anunoby underwent elbow surgery and returned briefly to play games on March 12, 14 and 16 against the Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings. The Knicks won all three games, but the elbow problems have recurred and it is unclear when he will be able to return as well.

It makes sense that Hart is taking this approach. The Knicks players probably don’t have much more information than we do. Hart is also known for playing hard, regardless of the circumstances.