Knicks: Julius Randle explains the reasons for his difficulties

Julius Randle and the New York Knicks have had an up-and-down start to the 2023-24 NBA season. Expectations were high for the Knicks after last year’s appearance in the Eastern Conference semifinals; However, Randle has struggled mightily with his perimeter jump shot so far in the new season and New York is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-4 record.

One possible reason for Randle’s slow start to the year is the offseason ankle surgery he underwent, addressing an injury that kept him out of the home stretch of last year’s regular season.

Now, Julius Randle himself is addressing the impact the surgery has had on his ability to perform at a high level so far in 2023.

“To think that I would come into this season and just be Julius is a little naive,” Randle said, per Fred Katz of The Athletic. “…I’m just thankful for guys like RJ [Barrett], guys like Jalen [Brunson]; they managed to carry the load while I return.”