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Julius Randle fires back at report he’ll need foot surgery, but multiple reporters confirm it’s a real possibility

Jun 12, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

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A report surfaced on Thursday stating that Julius Randle, who is expected to be selected with one of the top 10 picks in the upcoming NBA Draft, has a foot issue that is likely to require surgery.

This isn’t Joel Embiid and something as severe as a back injury we’re talking about here, and if Randle had the surgery as expected, he’d likely be ready to go in time for the start of training camp in October.

But Randle apparently wasn’t thrilled with the surgery option being reported as being a foregone conclusion, so he fired back a little later via (what else?) his Twitter account.

Now, Randle is only 19 years old, so we’ll forgive his youthful exuberance here. But there is nothing to be gained from refuting information that is not only being reported by one of, if not the top breaker of NBA news in Adrian Wojnarowski, but also by a whole host of others.

Randle’s response caused Wojnarwski to back up his report, and caused others to chime in, as well.

From Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

Couple of comments on Julius Randle’s foot — 1st, teams have seen his medical and will form their own opinions about what is next. Randle may be denying reports – but teams may feel like he’ll require surgery hence the “sourced” comments. That does not mean Randle is planning for surgery or that he will have it — this happened to Jared Sullinger – teams predicted he would.

And from Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress:

Don’t understand Julius Rande’s strategy of trying to discredit . There is an issue w/his foot. Heard same from multiple teams.

Other reporters have the same information, all of which means that yes, there is an issue with Randle’s foot. Has surgery already been declared a necessity? No, and that’s why the original report has the word “likely” in the headline.

Randle may have misunderstood, or may have been simply reacting to second-hand information. But with something like this that is coming from just about everywhere, taking the time to publicly refute it was a mistake.

  1. rrhoe - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    I am quite sure he doesn’t want this to effect his draft stock but if it’s a simple procedure to remove a screw as reported just get it done and move on. I also read that the foot hasn’t healed properly but it didn’t affect him at Kentucky so he has the option to leave it in and have the procedure at seasons end,relax brother.

    • therealhtj - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      “My knees are great” – Greg Oden circa this time 2006

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    It’s that time of year when every draft prospect wants NBA teams to believe they’re 100%…even when it’s the farthest thing from the truth. Randle getting defensive about this is a clear indicator that this issue has some weight to it. He didn’t even refute the claims of a foot issue, stating only that “…people have no clue what they’re talking about.”

    Somebody’s clearly scared their draft stock just took a hit.

  3. khmerson562 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Why did they interview the guy while he’s asleep.

  4. garypagetwo - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    With the 1st pick in the 2014 NBA DRAFT .. Cleveland selects …

  5. phillycannon - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    I understand the the writer of this article is protecting his fellow counterpart for being a reporter, but if the actual source…which is Randle, said he was cool, then let it go. Why try to justify a report and then say he is discrediting a reporter. Majority of reporters lie anyway. Reporters only piggyback off of one report they heard anyway, then add their 2 cents to make it seem like they have exclusive info(see Stephen A. Smith, Wilbon, Adrian Wojnarwoski, and that lightskin Drake looking guy)

    Plus like others said…why would Randle want to hurt his draft stock by admitting this?

  6. bhunter1995 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    I just hope that he drops far enough for LA to snag him with the #7, if it takes foot surgery to do it, thats fine by me.

    • trevor123698 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      its not going to play out well

  7. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    I wouldnt take on Woj lol

    The only guy I never doubt in sports rumors

  8. mungman69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    He will get the operation and move on, nothing to see here.

  9. sumkat - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Could be great news for Philly. Maybe this is just enough to get him to slip a few more slots to 10, or at least make it more likely that a team like the kings would trade from 8 to 10 to let philly grab him

  10. mungman69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Thad Young and #10 to Lakers for #7.

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