Julius Randle has been nothing but sensational for the New York Knicks in the 2020-21 season. As a result, he fetched his first All-Star appearance. On this occasion Randle wrote a very personal column on the Player’s Tribune talking about his journey in the NBA which involved Kobe Bryant.
Having led the New York Knicks from the front, Julius Randle has helped the team be on #5 in the Eastern Conference. Randle has a strict training routine which was instilled in him by Kobe Bryant. So, whenever his team is on the road, he asks them to arrange a practice court for him. Now, whenever the Mamba is concerned, it is surely going to pull everyone’s attention.
New York Knicks’ marquee Julius Randle recalls incident with Kobe Bryant
During a workout session at a high school gym in Detroit, the athletic director told him, “Guys don’t really show up here to work out anymore. Matter of fact, the last guy to come in this late to shoot — man, that must have been years ago. It was Kobe.”
“I think it’s one of the things a lot of guys look forward to when they get to the league. It’s playing that first game on the road in the city where you came up.
“I grew up in Dallas, so I had this early-season road game against the Mavericks circled on my calendar. I was excited.”
But Kobe Bryant had other plans, “So then we get off the plane, we ride to the hotel, and… Kobe turns to me and he goes, ‘Julius, what your bout to do.’ I’m like, ‘I’m about to see my family, chill with some friends, you know. Have a night,’” remarked Randle.
“And Kobe, he just cuts me off. He’s like, ‘Nah. We’re going to the gym.’”