The Knicks are led by a youthful squadron of players who haven’t even completely grown into their bodies yet, highlighting the importance of tough-minded teammates willing to stand up and make sure the youngsters don’t get bullied on the court.
Enter Kyden Randle, who will be four-years-old in December and has displayed the ability to enforce with the best of them. Kyden was born at the end of 2016, and he’s already playing organized basketball.
If you haven’t yet seen the video, you are in luck, because it’s delightful.
Unfortunately, under current NBA rules, Kyden won’t be allowed to enter the league until he’s 19, which is many years from now. Considering his father might not even be on the team when next season kicks off, it seems unlikely they’ll be able to form a father-son gruesome twosome in New York.
As a matter of fact, Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Knicks have interest in a pursuit of Victor Oladipo, with one potential trade including both first round picks received from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, plus Randle and either Dennis Smith Jr. or Frank Ntilikina.
Despite the trade rumors, Randle has been working hard for new head coach Tom Thibodeau and team president Leon Rose, perhaps in an attempt to convince the new franchise leaders that he should be given a chance to stay in New York for at least another season.
Maybe he’s hoping to earn the trust of those in charge of the Knicks so that he can stick around for another decade and a half to play with his son. Or perhaps he just wants to impress the franchise next season so the Knicks will pick up the juicy, $19.8 million team option for year three of his contract.
Regardless of what ultimately happens with Randle, the Knicks should keep an eye on his son. In roughly 20 years — which based upon recent trends could be six or seven team presidents from now — Kyden might make the perfect enforcer.