But even as Randle prepares for Saturday’s dramatic return to Sydney – his first game in the Harbour City since departing the Kings and re-joining the Adelaide 36ers – he insists there are no hard feelings.
“I don’t take it personal,” Randle told Basketball Forever. “They wanted to go in a different direction. Maybe I wasn’t giving them what they wanted as a point guard and that’s fine.
“They felt Casper Ware was gonna give them more than what I gave them and I take my hat off to Casper Ware because he’s a great player. But I have nothing bad to say about the Sydney Kings organisation.”
Not only did Sydney replace Randle with his most direct rival, they replaced him with the man who ended his season.