HoopsHype Julius Randle 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

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

October 23, 2014 Updates
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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

October 10, 2014 Updates

Julius Randle's debut at Staples Center didn't exactly go smoothly, but Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott expected that from his 19-year-old rookie. "I thought he was lost, in the first half especially," Scott said. "I thought in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter he was better, but I thought in the first half the game was way too fast for him. "He's a 19-year-old playing against a good team like that and moves the ball the way they move and have 4s that are agile and athletic like he is? Yeah, I pretty much expected that." ESPN.com

October 9, 2014 Updates
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Could Randle play small forward in the NBA? Kupchak wouldn't commit to the notion, although he did say that Randle wouldn't be a liability defensively at the three. "He can defend small forwards. Do I see him right now as the prototypical small forward? Probably not," Kupchak said. "But I could see him bringing the ball up the court. I could see him seeing a gap, getting a step on a guy and making a play -- whether it's finishing or finding somebody that's open. Those are ball-handling skills that you wouldn't see power forwards have very often." Los Angeles Times

August 25, 2014 Updates
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On Thursday, new Lakers head coach Byron Scott made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show and talked about a number of different topics. Randle came up in the conversation with Scott comparing the rookie forward to Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies: “I know the young kid is very gifted, offensively. He rebounds the ball, he can score in the post. He’s probably got about 15-foot range, handle the ball extremely well for a big man. Pretty athletic. I look at him as Zach Randolph, but more athletic. “And I think in a few years he’s going to be a monster once he really learns what the NBA is all about and that’s what I’m looking forward to.” Lakers Nation

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