Julius Randle made it clear on Thursday night how he feels regarding criticism from New York Knicks fans. During the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics, Randle converted a layup and, as he was running back down the court, he gave the Madison Square Garden crowd a thumbs down gesture.
The gesture came after he was booed in the first half of the game. Following the game, which resulted in a 108-105 comeback win for the Knicks, Randle was asked about what he was attempting to tell the fans with the gesture.
“Shut the f— up,” Randle said.
Randle then confirmed that the gesture was a response to being booed, according to ESPN, saying “You saw that. You saw what was going on out there.”
Randle isn’t the first New York athlete is hit the fanbase with a thumbs down. Last summer, former New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez gave the Citi Field crowd a thumbs down while he rounded the bases following a home run. Baez said that it was a response to the way Mets fans had treated him and his teammates during the 2021 campaign.
The fanbase ultimately went home happy on Thursday, as the Knicks were able to erase a 25-point deficit against the Celtics. Boston star Jayson Tatum connected on a game-tying jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Knicks forward RJ Barrett then banked in an insane three at the buzzer to lift New York to victory.
The criticism of Randle has potentially come due to the fact that his numbers have dipped this season. Last season, Randle shot 41.1 percent from three, but is shooting just 32.4 percent from beyond the arc so far this season.