New York Knicks’ forward Julius Randle has been fined $25,000 for using profane language after a January 5th practice and after the Knicks’ 108-105 victory over the Boston Celtics on January 6th at Madison Square Garden, per the NBA.
Randle made headlines for giving Knicks’ fans a “thumbs-down” gesture during the January 6th game.
When asked what the thumbs-down was meant to mean, Randle said “shut the f— up,” per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
Randle, 27, was selected to the all-star game last season for posting an impressive/efficient stat line.
This season, Randle has taken a huge step backward, averaging 19.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 4.9 rebounds on 42% shooting from the field and 32% shooting from three.
That’s a minus~4% shooting decrease margin from the field and minus~9% shooting decrease margin from three compared to the previous season, per Basketball Reference.
Still, Randle is playing well above other Knicks’ players, especially on the glass.
The Knicks currently have a 19-20 record and are tenth in the Eastern Conference.