Anthony Randolph: Why He Never Had a Chance with Mike D'Antoni's New York Knicks

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Anthony Randolph: Why He Never Had a Chance with Mike D'Antoni's New York Knicks
Anthony Randolph's frustrations mounted, as his experience in New York was all too similar to the one in Golden State.

Since Anthony Randolph was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2008, he has been viewed as a player with tantalizing potential, tremendous length and a rare set of tools that were likely to translate well to the NBA level. However, this was not the case as he struggled to receive consistent playing time under Don Nelson up until he was sent to New York along with Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike in exchange for David Lee.

When he landed in the Big Apple, many believed this would be a renaissance for the enigmatic Randolph. Playing in an up-tempo system (much like the one he played for under Don Nelson) seemed to be the ideal fit for him. D'Antoni vowed to give him more playing time and allow him to develop into what many believed was a potential star.

He had D'Antoni dreaming of what it would be like to have him paired with Amar'e Stoudemire allowing the two of them to develop together and form a formidable frontcourt for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately as enchanted as D'Antoni was with Randolph's potential, the clock struck midnight on a Cinderella story that never even began. D'Antoni would soon get fed up with Randolph's immaturity and would not afford him the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them.

Several things contributed to Randolph being dismissed to Mike D'Antoni's mysterious dog house. The immaturity that accompanied Randolph's bona fide potential should have been fairly obvious to both Nelson and D'Antoni. Currently he is in his third season in the NBA, and is only 21 years old! 

Someone of Randolph's age and potential deserves the chance to develop and grow into the star that many believed he could be. Even though New York seemed to be the perfect situation for him to cultivate his game and realize his potential, it could not have been more wrong for him.

Various things contributed to Randolph being doomed from the start, in a place where he should have had every chance to succeed.

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