Anthony Randolph: Why It’s Time for New York Knicks To Bring Him off the Bench

December 1st, 2010 by Keith Schlosser Leave a reply »
Prior to being acquired by the Knicks from the Warriors in a trade for David Lee this offseason, Randolph had been given a tough wrap while learning (or struggling to learn) Don Nelson’s fast paced offense at Golden State.

That factor, plus an injury that prevented Randolph from starting the season healthy, could certainly be why his new coach with the Knicks, Mike D’Antoni, is cautiously (yet very patiently) taking things slow with him.

Randolph, once considered the centerpiece of the trade that also brought Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike to New York, has been relegated to the end of the bench for most of this season.

The Knicks coaching staff believes that patience will ultimately be a virtue in the case of Randolph. Instead of throwing him into the fire and forcing him to learn the offense on the fly during games, he is being given time in practice to acclimate himself.

This course of action would be acceptable, of course, if the Knicks had Ronny Turiaf fully available. Currently, Turiaf is nursing an injury that had limited his playing time and eventually forced him to sit out the team’s last two games entirel ...

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