Not only fans are feeling the pain, but so are the voices of the sports media: Stephen A. Smith expressed his disappointment in the absence of Knicks star Julius Randle. Known for not mincing words, Smith emphasized how important Randle is to the team's fabric and how much his presence will be missed during crucial stages of the season.

TV journalist learns live about NBA star's injury and collapses

The ESPN personality and lifelong Knicks fan was devastated by the news that Julius Randle will need shoulder surgery, which was announced live on “First Take” Thursday morning. Randle had spent the past two months recovering from his injured shoulder, hoping to avoid surgery and return before the end of the regular season. Instead, the forward will have to undergo surgery and miss the rest of the year, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Before the shoulder injury, Randle had had another spectacular season with the Knicks. In 46 games, Randle averaged 24.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists while shooting 47.2% from the field and 31.1% from three-point range. With seven games remaining in the regular season, the Knicks are 44-31 and in fifth place in the East.

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