Julius Randle had a computer incident with the Knicks assistant
SALT LAKE CITY — Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau says the computer altercation between Julius Randle and assistant coach/video coordinator Scott King against the Lakers on Saturday has been “resolved” and “taken care of.”
The incident against the Lakers was filmed by a fan and posted on social media where it caused a stir due to Randle’s recent emotional behavior.
During a time out, King approached Randle in the group with his laptop and Randle slapped the screen and began chewing on it angrily.
Assistant coaches Kenny Payne and Johnnie Bryant separated the two. King was likely showing him defensive lapse against the Lakers in a game the Knicks ultimately lost in overtime after blowing a 21-point lead.
“When you have competitive people, you’re going to have stuff like that,” Thibodeau said. “It’s normal. Every team has that. They’re competitive people, the heat of the moment. They’re good. They have a great relationship. Everyone’s trying to win. So that’s all part of that.”
It is unusual for a coach to bring the laptop into the NBA group to show video. Usually a coach will only tell the player details. Thibodeau said computers, however, are taking over.
Additionally, the way Randle continued for several seconds illustrated his recent temper which was seen with the referees. He picked up two techniques against Memphis last week leading to an automatic ejection in the closing seconds. Randle also organized a recent media boycott and the NBA fined the Knicks $25,000. Randle did not speak to battered writers after the morning shooting in Utah on Monday.
The NBA’s trade deadline is Thursday, and Randle reacted combatively when this reporter asked him on Friday for his reaction to rumors that the Knicks would be open to a deal.
When asked if it was unusual for a computer to be brought to Randle like that, Thibodeau replied, “(Computers) is the modern NBA. Hey look, the technology has been great. Being able to watch the games – you see that more in football because there’s a break in the game – but when the guys come out or stop, you still have that interaction. And often the player wants to see it. Maybe that’s how it’s defended. This may be a situation that has arisen. It’s very useful. It was the heat of the moment. It’s normal things.
“There are a lot of interactions during the season. There is the heat of the moment. There is competition. There are competitive people involved. And then there is great respect for Julius, the coaches, so that’s normal. You fix it. Immediately he was taken care of.”
Randle failed to earn his second All-Star spot last week and watched with his body language in losses. The Post reports that Thibodeau struggled to play Randle with the same selflessness he showed last season.
There have been other videos on social media showing Randle not helping fallen teammates. Against the Clippers two weeks ago, Randle walked away from the group to speak to his wife Kendra sitting behind the baseline.