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Julius Randle, Knicks forward, to have shoulder surgery ending his season

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Apr 4, 2024

New York Knicks forward Julius Randle will miss the rest of the season due to a right shoulder injury that requires surgery. He will be re-evaluated in five months after dislocating his shoulder in January. Despite efforts to rehab and avoid surgery, doctors determined that playing again this season would risk permanent damage due to instability in his shoulder.

Randle, who was averaging 24 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5 assists per game before his injury, was a key contributor to the Knicks’ success earlier in the season. With Randle out of the lineup, the team has struggled, going 15-14 in his absence and dropping to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

The 29-year-old Randle, a three-time NBA All-Star, is expected to be ready for the start of the 2024-25 season after undergoing surgery. The Knicks, under head coach Tom Thibodeau, are aiming for a third postseason appearance in four years and are currently in a play-in game spot with seven games left in the regular season.

In addition to Randle’s absence, the Knicks are also dealing with injuries to OG Anunoby, who was acquired in December to bolster the team’s presence in the Eastern Conference. Anunoby has played just three games since Randle’s injury and is out with a right elbow injury with no timetable for return.

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