Julius Randle praises former Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis

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Julius Randle guarding Kristaps Porzingis
Julius Randle guarding Kristaps Porzingis

Julius Randle was named an All-Star for the first time this year, an honor that took him seven years and three different teams to earn.

Like Randle, Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis also earned his first All-Star nod while donning the Blue and Orange.

Porzingis, who was traded to Dallas in the middle of the 2018-2019 season, and Randle will face off Friday at Madison Square Garden, and Randle seemed excited at Knicks shootaround for the matchup.

"He's a good player," Randle said. "Can really shoot the three, obviously. He has a lot of different dynamics to his game. He can post as well. At the five, he's a problem because he can really space the floor and then has shot blocking ability as well, so he'd a good player."

With Mitchell Robinson going down with a broken foot, Randle and Nerlens Noel will have to spend the most time handling Porzingis on the defensive end.

At 7-3, Porzingis is typically a hard player to defend for anyone, but Tom Thibodeau has produced one of the best defenses in the league this season, and will look to lock down not just Porzingis, but Luka Doncic as well.