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Max Kellerman has officially hung his head in shame after criticizing the New York Knicks for even Julius Randle in the first place.

Oh, Max Kellerman. Poor, poor Max Kellerman.

We all know how he rolls on ESPN’s First Take. Part New Yorker Skip Bayless and part trying to out-Stephen Stephen A. Smith, Kellerman’s takes are Dante’s Inferno hot and more all over the place than a Pollock masterpiece.

Now that I’ve crammed every sort of reference into one sentence, we can get into why Max Kellerman is invading our screens. Take a deep breath, because he actually apologized for making fun of the New York Knicks for signing Julius Randle in 2019.

Here are the two clips side by side:

But no, we aren’t here to roast Kellerman for being forced to eat his words. Rather, we’re here because his apology caught the attention of Randle’s wife, Kendra. She took to Twitter and showed off more swagger than the teacher who simply tells the students, “I’ll wait!”

Max, your apology is not only necessary, but required. In fact, perhaps you should mask up and head down to Madison Square Garden, find Julius Randle, and then grovel at his feet.

Randle is averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. He’s shooting 42.2% from three and leads the league in minutes. The man is 100% an MVP candidate.

And yet, because a born and raised New Yorker in Max Kellerman chose to mock the New York Knicks for two decades, Randle will probably get minimal consideration at best. And all because he dared to play for a team that had an extended rough patch.

Kellerman doesn’t just owe Julius Randle an apology. He should apologize to everyone who either is or ever has been associated with the Knicks.

And yes, that includes Kendra Randle.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.