Knicks forward Julius Randle heaped much praise onto the Milwaukee Bucks for their championship win. Last season’s Most Improved NBA player spoke with ‘The Athletic’ and reminisced on what he saw during Milwaukee’s championship run. The all-star forward spoke highly of the roster’s build and reflected on what their success meant to him.
Randle cited that he felt “chills” watching on. He showed some appreciation for the fact that the Bucks weren’t a ‘superteam.’ Instead of a grouping of elite players coming together for a dynastic run, the Bucks put it together in the most conventional way. They were built around one superstar, complimenting him with just enough help to lead the team to ultimate glory. Julius Randle hopes to mimic the Bucks Championship success with his team, the New York Knicks.
The Knicks have picked up where they left off from last season. They have trended well to begin the new campaign with a 5-3 record to kick off the year. They entered this season, coming off of their first playoff appearance since 2013. Unfortunately, their year ended at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks in a five-game Conference quarterfinal series. They hope to take a few steps deeper into the postseason this time around.
Ducking the ‘Superteam’ route
The formation of ‘Superteams’ has largely dominated the past decade of NBA Basketball. This moniker typically dawns upon rosters with three or four all-star caliber players at their disposal. They come together through a collective effort in free agency and make their way to championship success. The most prominent teams in correlation include the ‘Big 3’ led Miami Heat, the mid-2010s Cleveland Cavaliers, and the late 2010s Golden State Warriors.
These groupings saw LeBron James team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, then Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Cleveland. The latter iteration came when Kevin Durant joined Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green in Golden State.
While each of these units accomplished their championship goals, some players prefer a different approach. These players include the likes of Julius Randle, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and many more. Though the journey to a championship poses more challenges on that front, its rewards hold more water for these athletes that make the road worth traveling.