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Lakers say Julius Randle won’t need foot surgery

Jul 2, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

Mitch Kupchak, Julius Randle, Jim Buss Mitch Kupchak, Julius Randle, Jim Buss

In an incredibly strange saga before the draft – a time when silly rumors dominate – reporters and Julius Randle went back and forth on whether Randle needed foot surgery.

Maybe, as Randle suspected, a team was trying to get him to slip to its pick. Or maybe different teams had different opinions about his foot.

Now it matters only what the Lakers, who drafted Randle No. 7, think – and they believe he’s fine.

Lakers team release:

The Lakers sent freshly minted draft pick Julius Randle to Indiana for a Wednesday appointment with renowned foot specialist Dr. David Porter, who determined that Randle does not need surgery on his foot.

Randle has been cleared for all basketball activity, and is expected to play for L.A.’s Summer League team in Las Vegas.

Randle joins future Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash (and Robert Sacre) as the only Lakers with guaranteed contracts for next season. He’s also the Lakers’ highest pick since James Worthy went No. 1 in 1982.

There will be a lot of pressure on the rookie from Kentucky. It’s good he can get on the court immediately and begin proving himself.

  1. lakerade - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Pressure? Yes, but nothing worth having is easy. Welcome to Laker University, Professor Bryant’s office hours are NOTUNTILYOUPROVEYOURSELF. See you in Vegas.

    • billtetley53 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      What pressure?! Pressure to win 28 games this year? There’s no pressure to winvin L. A. anytime soon. They are years away from contending for a title.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Bingo!

  2. luz56 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    He better not… There’s nobody left to play or fill a full bench let alone coach …. Good job Jimmy Buss… You were the fastest sperm that day and now you think your qualified to run the the second most storied franchise in the NBA! What a effing disaster

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Second most?

      • ranfan12 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        celtics 1st?

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:30 AM

      Knicks last.

  3. csbanter - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    He should file a frivolous lawsuit against the person who said he needed foot surgery.

  4. aug99 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    The NBA: Where millionaires have the intelligence of an 8th grader .

    • stadix093 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      I’m sure every football and baseball player is a genius right?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Still higher than many PBT commenters.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:25 AM

        Peabrains like New Yawk CantonPeaBrain come to mind!

    • paleihe - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      You know what’s funny about success? It doesn’t matter if you have a PHD or are a grade school dropout. More power to these 8th grade intelligence level millionaires.

  5. kb2408 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Finally, a bit of good news for the PURPLE & GOLD…I’m liking this pick more and more each day!!

    • billtetley53 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      That shows just how ignorant you are. You should have liked the pick of Randle from day one.
      But of course, you dont have one scintilla of basketball knowledge, so you must wait for the “experts” to tell you it was a goid pick, the only pick really, the way the draft fell.

      Its so funny, you were so against this guy prior to the draft, and now you like him more everyday.
      You’re just a total dunce about basketball. Now that he’s a laker, of course you’re going to love him.
      You have a 3rd grade mentality as a fan.

      • unfly - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        Does your mother know you’re talking to people online like that?

      • billtetley53 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        Unfly, yes. Shes seen his idiotic postings and agrees with me!

        Your post gave me a good chuckle.

  6. campcouch - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Wow,a renowned person not living in LA or NY? Must be a typo.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Lol, I was thinking the same thing.

      I was like, IndiANA??

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      You’d be surprised! Dr. James Andrews, one of the foremost sports physicians in the entire world, lives in Alabama, of all places.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:28 AM

        Arrogant New Yawkers tend to think they live in the center of the universe when in reality they live in the a$$hole of the universe!

      • money2long - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Wait…are you trying to tell me the sun doesn’t revolve around New York ?

  7. saint1997 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Hahaha the way he phrased that made it sound like Robert Sacre is a future hall of famer

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      Of course he will…

      Doesn’t every player who wears purple and gold become one?

      Especially those lucky enough to have played when Kobe was on the team?

      Kobe is amazing… he turned teammates into hall of ‘from the bench and did it WITHOUT even talking to them as he said he doesn’t talk to teammate when they’re 20 games BELOW .500

      I mean, Kobe is going to be the one to introduce Smush Parker at Parker’s HOF induction ceremony…

      • money2long - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        Not Dwight.

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