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Knicks’ Julius Randle says ‘team didn’t make me available’ as reason for recent media absence

Knicks' Julius Randle says 'team didn't make me available' as reason for recent media absence

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The NBA fined the Knicks $25,000 for failing to make Julius Randle available to the media after Thursday’s game against New Orleans.

Prior to that, Randle hadn’t been available to the media after several recent home games. That absence, presumably, was a driving force behind the NBA’s decision.

Sometimes players and teams are fined for media violations. Last season, the league fined both the Nets and Kyrie Irving $35,000 each for violating media rules. So it was noteworthy that the Knicks incurred the entire fine following Randle’s absence.

Randle spoke to the media after Sunday’s win over the Clippers. When asked about the fine, Randle made a reference to his appreciation for Knicks owner James Dolan. Randle seemed to be thanking Dolan for taking on the fine.

“You know, honestly, I appreciate Mr. Dolan. He’s great,” Randle said after putting up 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the Knicks’ win. “The reaction (to the…

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