Monday, April 15 2024

With Julius Randle out and the Knicks besieged by injuries elsewhere, the team shared some good news on the Randle front after Monday’s game.

Randle, who has been out since dislocating his right shoulder on Jan. 27 against the Miami Heat, is making serious progress.

“We’re already processing what the next things are. He’s doing very well overall,” head coach Tom Thibodeau told Stefan Bondy of The New York Post. “And the thing that’s unfortunate — he was playing at such a high level when he took on the injury.

“And I said it at the time, the one great thing about him is he’s in great shape. So, I think that makes it — not easier — it’s never easy to come back, but because of the fact that he’s in great shape, I think coming back happens faster because of that.”

In addition to Randle, the Knicks are without OG Anunoby, Isaiah Hartenstein, and Mitchell Robinson.

Donte DiVincenzo injured his hamstring Monday, and his status going forward is unclear.

As far as Randle, the Knicks announced on Feb. 1 that he would be reevaluated in two-to-three weeks.

SNY’s Ian Begley reported at the time that it was premature to say anything had been decided — or ruled out — with people familiar with the matter saying it was a wait-and-see situation.

Regarding the above, the possibility still exists that Randle will need surgery — either during the season or after — but it certainly seems like things are trending in the right direction.

“It’s going to be constant evaluation. He’s doing well. Progressing. Meeting all the milestones,” Thibodeau told The Post. “So when he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go. But that’s another benefit of that break coming. … Julius doesn’t sit out with soreness. If he can play, he’s going to play.”

Source: Yahoo Sports

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