Knicks, Randle injury update is not encouraging

The New York Knicks enter the second half of the season with numerous injuries. Julius Randle , OG Anunoby and Mitchell Robinson are dealing with injuries that will keep them out after the break. As long as they are healthy before the playoffs, the Knicks will be able to deal with injuries. Injuries are never wanted, but this is the ideal time for them if there ever is one.

Randle, an All-NBA player, is the biggest need come playoff time. He suffered an ankle injury last season during the playoffs and averaged 16.6 points. In the regular season he averaged 25.1 points per game. His health is a necessity for the team to reach the ultimate goal of winning a championship. However, it is unclear when he will return. Coach Tom Thibodeau was asked if surgery was out of the question and his answer wasn’t promising. Steve Popper of News Day Sports reported Thibodeau’s response.

“I’m not sure, but I think the fact that he worked the way he worked are all good signs. I have heard nothing but that he is making good steady progress.

Thibodeau isn’t one to say much to reporters, so it could be him avoiding the question and not going into details about Randle’s recovery.

Popper also reported that Randle himself has not ruled out surgery but he hopes to return as soon as possible.

“Julius Randle said surgery has not been ruled out, but he hopes to avoid it and he is doing everything he can to return as soon as possible.”