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October 29, 2014 Updates

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

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

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