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Julius Randle’s dream was not just making the NBA. It was becoming an NBA All-Star.

The dream has been realized as Randle will be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve, according to The Athletic, to culminate his career year in his second season with the Knicks.

Randle will become the first Knicks player to participate in an All-Star Game since Carmelo Anthony in 2017. This year’s All-Star Game is scheduled for March 7 in Atlanta.

Kristaps Porzingis was named to the All-Star team in 2018 but never made it to the contest. Soon after being named he tore his ACL and never played another game for the Knicks.

“It would mean a lot,” Randle said Tuesday after the Knicks’ morning shootaround, hours before the reveal. “My goal was never just to play in the NBA. I always felt that I would get there. I just wanted to be the best player I could possibly be and reach my potential. And I try to push myself every day to do so. It would definitely be a milestone.”

The league’s coaches voted Randle in and the Knicks power forward had an inkling he had gotten their respect by all the double-teams he’s faced this season on the way to career numbers

Randle has posted career highs in points (23.2), rebounds (11.0), assists (5.5) and minutes (36.8). He entered the season after a dull first year as trade bait but now he’s anything but. The Post has learned Randle is considered a part of the future and the Knicks have no desire to move him with his team option coming up at $20 million. Randle is a client of Creative Artists Agency — which Knicks president Leon Rose used to run.

“I think I get that validation how [opposing coaches] play me every night,” Randle said. “With the double-teams. How they try to game plan. All that type of stuff. Obviously the All-Star nod would be amazing. Every player strives to do that.”

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Randle said if he made it, the determination would have been made on his “impact on winning.” With a lightly regarded roster, the Knicks entered Tuesday’s game against the Warriors 15-16. Indeed, they’d be far worse without his nightly domination that has included his improvement from the 3-point line, and in his decision-making and leadership. Randle hasn’t made the playoffs in his first six seasons but that could change too.

“Just as you grow as a player throughout the course of your career, you learn how to do the little things to help the team win,” Randle said. “Coach [Tom Thibodeau] has done a great job of coaching me up, putting me in those positions. And we’re winning, having those numbers. But I think a lot of people maybe, before the year, may have counted us out as a team, said that we weren’t going to be that good as a team. We’re turning a lot of heads on a game-to-game basis so that probably has something to do with it too.”

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Dominic Thiem Breaks Into Top-10 in All-Time ATP List of Prize Money Earners

While his career has been on an upswing since his maiden Grand Slam championship win at the US Open last year, Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem also seems to be making rapid strides up the all-time money makers’ list in the men’s game.

Thiem, who dropped to Number 4 in the singles rankings after his fourth-round defeat to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov at this year’s Australian Open, has moved up to 10 in the all-time list of top earners in men’s tennis.

Dominic Thiem has raked in $28,532,061 in career prize money earnings

The ATP has released its latest list of top-earning male tennis stars across generations, featuring Thiem at Number 10 with gross earnings of $28,532,061.

However, it is to be noted in this context that the list only ranks players on the basis of their career prize money earnings and not what they rake in through appearance fees, sponsorships, or endorsements.

While the Austrian has broken into the Top-10, it’s the usual suspects – the ‘Big Four’ – who take the top four places in the all-time earners’ list.

Novak Djokovic tops the money charts while Roger Federer trails at No.2

Novak Djokovic, who clinched an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title this year, tops the charts with an eye-popping $147,751,252 in career prize money earnings.

Old enemy Roger Federer, who is currently tied with Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis, at 20 apiece, is significantly adrift at second in the rankings with a career prize money purse of $129,946,683.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Photo Shoot – Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia, February 22, 2021 Australian Open champion Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy during a photo shoot at Brighton Beach REUTERS/Loren Elliott TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The World 5 has been out of action for over a year since undergoing a knee surgery after last year’s Australian Open and it clearly had an impact on his court earnings while enabling the Serb to extend his lead.

Rafael Nadal ranks third with a career prize money purse of $123,843,596

Nadal, who lifted a record 13th French Open title last year, equaling Federer’s career haul of Major trophies, sits third on the list with gross prize money earnings of $123,843,596.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is at fourth on the money-makers list, with career court earnings of $61,797,815.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his fourth round match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka is the only other contemporary star, apart from the ‘Big Four’ and Thiem, to feature in the Top-10. The veteran Swiss star is up in sixth place with a career prize money purse of $34,743,203.

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Yesteryear stalwarts, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi take the fifth and eighth places respectively in the money charts with career court winnings of $43,280,489 and $31,152,975.

 

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