Knicks top scorer Julius Randle enters NBA protocol


December 29, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, United States; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Walton Jr. (25) during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Forward Julius Randle, who carried the exhausted New York Knicks through their struggles with COVID-19, entered NBA health and safety protocol on Thursday, multiple media reported.

Randle, 27, leads the Knicks in points (19.3 points per game) and rebounds (10.0). He started all 35 Knicks games this season.

The Knicks still have three other players in the protocol – center Nerlens Noel, guard Wayne Selden and forward Jericho Sims. A week ago, seven Knicks were on the list.

Amid the outbreak on the team, Randle told reporters on December 20 about the precautions he was taking to stay safe since he has a newborn baby and 5-year-old at home.

“Yeah, it’s definitely something I’m trying to be careful with,” Randle said. “When I’m home and with my son, I try to be careful how I interact with him and touch him and all that different kind of stuff. It’s hard.”

Randle is in his third season with New York and his eighth NBA season overall after stint with the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans. In 481 career games (401 starts), he has averaged 17.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

He was selected to his first all-star team in the 2020-21 season.

The Knicks (17-18) face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday.

– Media at field level

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