“You’re the star of a franchise” Shaquille O’Neal claims Julius Randle’s performance will help Knicks some noise this season

Shaquille O’Neal, former NBA superstar, and current basketball analyst made a bold claim about the New York Knicks and their rising star, Julius Randle as he declared that Randle’s impressive performance this season has the potential to make some serious noise for the Knicks.

Julius Randle, a star forward for the New York Knicks, ended their three-game losing streak in the league by securing a whopping win against the Los Angeles Lakers as he scored 33 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, committed 1 steal, and dished out 5 assists. 

Impressively, the Knicks grabbed the win without the presence of their key players LeBron James and Jalen Brunson as both of them were out of the field due to injuries.

What did Shaquille O’Neal tell about Julius Randle?

The four-time NBA champion and former league MVP Shaquille O’Neal has projected  Julius Randle to be the future star of the franchise. Hall of Famer Shaq continued saying he witnessed the Knicks’ playing against Boston and heavily praised their performance. 

Julius Randle

The former MVP placed his whole faith and confidence in Star forward Julius Randle, stating that he is now the star of the team, and he believed that if Julius Randle could maintain this performance, the Knicks would come back even stronger.

Shaq also mentioned playing well in the regular season is not praiseworthy if the performance can’t be maintained in the playoffs and advised Randle to continue his winning performance throughout the playoffs which every key player does.

Julius Randle, the Texas native, started his career with the Lakers but did not have a successful future with that team as this star athlete was forced to serve primarily as a backup for the Lakers, and he ultimately became a free agent after being waived by the team.

Julius Randle

The powerful forward began his adventure with the New York Knicks in 2019, after spending the previous season playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Fans will definitely be excited to see what the rest of the season has in store and how far Randle can lead them in the playoffs since the NBA playoffs are just around the corner.

O’Neal’s statements serve as a testament to both Randle’s hard work and dedication, as well as the Knicks’ ability to be a competitive team in the league. In addition, Shaq’s comments highlight the Knicks’ potential to be a championship contender.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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