Julius Randle had a terrible game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, scoring only 4 points against a struggling team at Madison Square Garden. Randle wasn't his old self, and it showed, with the Knicks getting a terrible 102-91 loss at the hands of the young team.
It wasn't their night, but Randle received the biggest criticism since he's expected to be the leader of the team. At some point, he was very frustrated with the officials and the team's display, throwing a tantrum after not getting the calls, starring in a questionable moment with his own teammates.
After not getting the foul, Randle was visibly mad. When Evan Fournier tried to cheer him up, the former Los Angeles Lakers didn't appreciate that, separating himself from the French player. It was a terrible look for Randle since Fournier only wanted to help him.
NBA fans didn't like what they saw and called out Fournier, criticizing his attitude, while taking a shot at his poor performances this season.
The night was horrible for him, which prompted the Knicks to not make Randle available in the post-game interview. The league fined the franchise for that, making sure they won't do it again.
Randle played great basketball last season, surprising everybody with the Knicks that made it to the playoffs as the 4th seed in the East. This season, the situation is incredibly different. They are struggling to get things going, especially Julius.
His last seven games have been horrendous, like the entire season, but now the situation looks worse than ever. Something must change for the Knicks if they want to emulate and improve what they did last season. Randle's level and attitude won't help anybody, so Tom Thibodeau will have to make some changes before it's too late.