NBA: Knicks All-Star Julius Randle has surgery on left ankle

AP , Saturday 3 Jun 2023

Julius Randle has undergone arthroscopic surgery on the left ankle that the All-Star forward injured late in the regular season and then again in the playoffs.

Julius Randle
New York Knicks forward Julius Randle grimaces as he leaves the court after being injured in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: AP


The New York Knicks said Randle had the procedure Friday and that he would resume basketball activities later this summer.

Randle had started the first 77 games of the season before spraining the ankle on March 29 in a victory over Miami. He sat out the remainder of the regular season, then returned for the Knicks' playoff opener against Cleveland.

Randle was struggling in that series before limping off after spraining the ankle again in the Knicks' Game 5 victory in Cleveland to win the series. He sat out Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Heat before returning to play the final five games. Randle shot just 3 for 14 when the Knicks were eliminated in Game 6 at Miami, though wouldn't say during the postseason if the ankle was still bothering him.

An All-Star for the second time in three seasons, Randle finished with 25.1 points, 10 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

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