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Lakers head coach Byron Scott wants Julius Randle in shape before training camp starts

Aug 24, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

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Lakers draft pick Julius Randle played in the NCAA Championship game in early April, but didn’t play five-on-five basketball after that until signing his contract with the team 20 minutes before his Summer League debut in Las Vegas.

Randle dealt with foot issues leading up to the draft, and it wasn’t yet known if he would ultimately require surgery. He may be a bit heavier than his listed weight of 250 pounds at this point, and even if he isn’t, he’ll definitely need to get his wind back to the point where he’s ready to play a good chunk of minutes on a regular basis once the season begins.

Some players use training camp to work their way into game shape, but new Lakers head coach Byron Scott hopes that his rookie will take care of that in advance so that the focus can be on basketball instead.

From Mike Trudell of Lakers.com (via Triangle Offense):

“We’re been working on his post game and face up game, but the biggest thing is to get him in shape,” Scott said in the Q+A. “As a rookie, you don’t want to come into training camp out of shape. Then the season is halfway over by the time you get acclimated. We want him to get in great shape right now, and then he can start learning the system on both ends of the floor. We’re already putting him through a lot of defensive things right now to get him going.”

Randle is a bigger guy, but there’s no reason to believe he won’t attempt to do what his new coach is asking. With no injury concerns to deal with and now playing under a guaranteed contract, Randle can go full speed on his conditioning, which will only help to make his transition to the NBA game that much easier.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    I thought the picture was of Teddy Bridgewater!!!

  2. blogsk3tball - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    I could be wrong, but i wish we drafted Elfrid Payton. We get torched by every point guard in the WC.

    Either way we need A locker room guy. All we have is ‘i need the ball’ volume scorers for a Rook to look up to.

    • av416 - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      I have to disagree with you there. If we are looking to draft a building block type player for our franchise I want a guy whose proven against the toughest competition the NCAA has to offer, been under a microscope for most of his playing career, and is not scared of the big stage. Not saying Payton isn’t any of those things, but Julius was a very wise selection at 7 IMO.

      • blogsk3tball - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        I see your points on Randle, but if you watched Payton play for USA at the World Champs last year, he looked like the best player on the floor for long periods of time. Which is the best the world has to offer, not the NCAA.

        You could also argue that he had the whole kitchen sink thrown at him every time he stepped on the floor in the NCAA.

  3. blogsk3tball - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I see your points on Randle, but if you watched Payton play for USA at the World Champs last year, he looked like the best player on the floor for long periods of time. Which is the best the world has to offer, not the NCAA.

    You could also argue that he had the whole kitchen sink thrown at him every time he stepped on the floor in the NCAA.

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