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Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau moving past Julius Randle’s computer-knocking flareup: ‘Computers are part of the NBA’

Tom Thibodeau and Julius Randle in New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 5: Head Coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks talks to Obi Toppin #1 of the New York Knicks and Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 5, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Knicks forward Julius Randle told New York fans to shut the f*** up with a thumbs down.

With the Knicks playing in Los Angeles, Randle found a different friendly fire foe.

In New York’s loss to the Lakers on Saturday, Randle pushed away the computer of Knicks “Director, Video/Analytics/Player Development Assistant” Scott King on the sideline. Randle and King jawed back and forth, and Randle got in King’s face:

When Randle apologized for telling New York fans to shut the f*** up with a thumbs down, he cited his passion. This incident could also fit Randle being overly passionate in the heat of competition.

But it serves as yet another visualization of Randle’s incredibly frustrating season (frustration seemingly exacerbated by trade rumors).

Not that Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is dwelling on it.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“Computers are part of the NBA” is an all-time quote.