HoopsHype Injuries rumors

October 29, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle got some unexpected support this morning after breaking his leg in his NBA debut -- when two players from the opposing team visited him in the hospital. Randle broke his right tibia while the Lakers were playing the Houston Rockets in L.A. on Tuesday night -- and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. But before he went under the knife Wednesday morning -- he was visited by James Harden and Trevor Ariza ... who stopped by to check up on the 19-year-old. We're told Randle was touched by the visit -- and was in good spirits overall. TMZ.com

Zach Lowe: Do you still talk to Brandon Roy a lot? Isaiah Thomas: Yeah, I actually talked to him two days ago. Zach Lowe: He’s still in Seattle, right? Isaiah Thomas: Yeah. He actually plays basketball with us throughout the summer. He can’t play 82 games, that’s the only thing. But he’s still got game. Grantland

Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez will not play in Wednesday night's regular-season opener against the Boston Celtics because of a right midfoot sprain. "He's still having some pain when he goes hard," Nets coach Lionel Hollins said at the team's shootaround. ESPN.com

Rookie Julius Randle sustained a broken tibia in his right leg and was carted off on a stretcher after a collision with two Rockets players in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 108-90 loss in their season opener Tuesday. Los Angeles Times

Randle, the seventh overall pick in the draft, is expected to have surgery as early as Wednesday and will probably miss the entire season. He had two points on one-for-three shooting in 13 minutes when he left the game. "I just told him, 'Keep your spirits up,'" the Lakers' Kobe Bryant said, adding that an injury like that would be hard enough to stomach for a veteran, let alone a 19-year-old like Randle. Los Angeles Times

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