What the Knicks do with their potential search for a new head coach remains to be seen, but they have at least one player vouching for Mike Miller.
Power forward Julius Randle understands that the pending decision on New York's future leader is out of his hands. However, he has an appreciation for Miller, the team's interim head coach since Dec. 6's firing of David Fizdale.
As the Knicks (17-38) get back into the swing of things with the 2019-20 season's second half set to begin in Friday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Indiana Pacers (32-23) at Madison Square Garden, Randle opened up on Miller's impact Wednesday.
"I don't make those decisions, but from my personal standpoint, dealing with him on a daily basis has been absolutely amazing while he interacts with us, how he coaches the game -- everything.," Randle said. "We've responded really well to him and he's done a great job."
Since he replaced Fizdale with Dec. 7's 104-103 loss to the Pacers, Miller is 13-20 through his first 33 games in charge of the Knicks. Over that span, Randle has been an instant beneficiary of Miller's tweaks.
Randle averaged 16.5 points on 44.2-percent shooting with 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists over 31.9 minutes in his first 22 games under Fizdale. Since Miller took over Dec. 7, Randle has 21.1 points on 46.2-percent shooting, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists over 33.5 minutes in the past 33 games.
"He just made some adjustments, so what he feels is best, as far as playing to guys' strengths and stuff like that," Randle said. "It's just the adjustments and all that type of stuff. So he's done a great job."
By the numbers, he averages 19.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 32.8 minutes over 53 games. But Miller's impact delves deeper than the Xs and Os, according to Randle.
"He's never too high, never too low," Randle said. "You have a loss after the game, he's not super emotional. We come in the next day and really talk about it but allows us to process things and he's been great with that, been great with making sure we connect with each other."
While outside names continue to pop up in reports with the Knicks potential head coaching search, Miller keeps the team focused on the task at hand. As next Knicks president Leon Rose's transition into the front office looms, Randle believes Miller is zone in on one thing.
"I think, just knowing him and his personality, he doesn't pay attention to it -- he's focused on us every day, preparing us the best way he can and I really think that's, honestly, his focus," Randle said of the possibility that the Knicks replace Miller. "I know, for me, as a competitor and as a player, we deal with it in a different aspect of free agency and trade rumors and all that type of stuff and I don't focus on it, man. Just focus on the task at hand and NBA is kind of one of those things -- you just go with the flow and when something happens, you adjust to it. But he's been amazing every day, just as far as his focus and what he's doing."