HoopsHype Julius Randle rumors

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David Aldridge: A few people have asked if Julius Randle would be eligible for Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 if he, as the Lakers now believe, will miss the rest of this season after breaking his leg in his first pro game Tuesday. I'm checking w/the league, but believe that he would not be because he did play (all too briefly, unfortunately) in a regular season game during his rookie season. If you recall, Blake Griffin won the ROTY in 2010-11 after missing every game of what would have been his rookie season (2009-10) due to a knee injury. Randle's situation is so unique, though, it wouldn't surprise me if there was special dispensation given by the league in his case. Twitter @daldridgetnt

Lakers forward Julius Randle, who suffered a fractured tibia of his right leg in last night’s game versus the Houston Rockets, underwent a successful surgery today to repair the fracture. The surgery was performed by Dr. Donald Wiss at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Randle is expected to make a full recovery, although it is anticipated that he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. NBA.com

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

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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Randle said he isn't concerned about his uneven start with the Lakers. "I'm not frustrated at all," Randle said. "I work too hard. I know eventually I'll have success and I'll figure things out. "Instead of being frustrated and down, when my name is called, [I'm] excited, ready to go, ready to bring that energy, bring good vibes." Los Angeles Times

October 18, 2014 Updates

Another person with high expectations for Randle is Kobe Bryant, who compared Scott’s decision to rest Randle in the second half to when Bryant broke his wrist in 1999, which caused him to miss the season’s first 15 games. “I think that’s all part of the process,” Bryant said. “I remember a big year for me (was) when I got hurt in Phil’s (Jackson) first year here and I had the chance the chance to watch and observe and sit next to Tex (Winter) and really study the game from that perspective. So there are myriad ways to learn. It doesn’t just have to be on the court.” NBA.com

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