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2014 NBA Draft: Julius Randle May Need Foot Surgery, Would Miss 2-3 Months

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UPDATE (9:55 AM): Julius Randle responded to reports that he may need foot surgery and could potentially miss two-three months:


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Julius Randle was one of the most productive players in all of college basketball last season, leading the nation in double-doubles in his only season at the University of Kentucky. Randle is a surefire lottery pick who many believe could end up with the Lakers on draft day.

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Randle’s stock could slide a little bit after this recent revelation however. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Randle may require foot surgery that would keep him out for 2-3 months:

Randle broke his foot during his senior year in high school and had a screw inserted that needs to be removed for precautionary reasons. The foot didn’t heal correctly and Randle, though he hasn’t felt any pain or missed any games, could need surgery to ensure that the foot heals normally.

The surgery would force Randle to miss Summer League, but he would likely be cleared by the time training camp begins. Some are worried that the foot may become a factor down the road.

Despite this, Randle will still be selected in the top-10 as many executives were aware of the situation. MyNBADraft.com currently has Randle slated to go the Lakers with the seventh selection and the Lakers do have major needs up front.

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But with the way the Lakers have been destroyed by injuries the last two years, would they be willing to take a risk on someone who may have injury issues coming in? The draft will be an important step in the Lakers re-build, so their selection will show what direction they plan on going.
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  • Lakers Rebuilding

    that’s too bad for randle man tough break and most likely now his draft stock is gonna plumet now I mean I know its just a foot injury and its probably nothing to worry about but it will hurt his draft stock due to the fact he wont be able to work out for teams now so he could drop out of the top 10 and fall between picks 11-20 but he is still a good player so im sure he will get picked up by a good team (maybe the lakers if they trade down) but im sure his foot injury won’t affect him in the future after his surgery.

    • Bo

      This perfect for the rebuilding Lakers as they can draft this stud player and sit him out his entire rookie season and have Julius Randle lift weights build more upper body strength and rehab his foot and have him work on post moves the whole time and mix in some 10-12 foot jumpers and suddenly 1 year later you have the lock for rookie of the year.

      The Lakers are going to be terrible next season anyways so they might as well make the best effort to obtain a top 5 lottery pick by having the worst roster and coach possible.Drafting Julius Randle is the key to the tank job needed to obtain the top 5 protected pick we own.Tank tank.

      Lakers are in a long long rebuild and many moves will be made from here on out to help the rebuild cause.It’s tough times in Lakers Nation but the Lakers will come out of it smelling like roses.Every team has a struggling period even the Lakers

      • kookiebuger

        Randle is to one dimensional, don’t draft him at all.

      • Chrmngblly

        The Lakers are in a death spiral—and I am a fan. It’s that pothead, Jim Buss…the Lakers will always be limited by his level of excellence—or lack thereof.

        • michiganlaker

          I agree with you that Jim is a major problem. However, Jeanie had to take some blame too. She was the one that had the final say on Kobe’s contract. I understand he has done much for this team, but his contract has crippled our chances of landing 2 big name agents.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yes. It is called “Golden Handcuffs”. Without Kobe, the franchise has no face—or the face of the franchise becomes Jim Buss or Mitch. That won’t sell a single shirt or ticket or attract a single free agent. The Lakers were forced to tie up Kobe like this because Jim Buss’ bungling has totally drained the Lakers talent pool.
            You are absolutely right about Jeanie Buss, as well. She is a Bimbo—and she needs to become the Lakers’ “Dragon Lady”. She needs to grow some balls and demand final say on all coaching and major player acquisitions and start running the franchise like she knew what she was doing.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        I don’t get why people think the Lakers will be so bad next season. If Kobe plays at least 60 games, they will make the playoffs. The following season, I think they have a shot at the Finals. The front office is doing their due diligence and will make sure of it.

        Stop with the tanking nonsense. Teams don’t get better by tanking. They just stay bad. See Cleveland, Philadelphia, Orlando, etc.

        • kookiebuger

          Cleveland didn’t tank they just sucked when LeBron left, Orlando didn’t tank either they did the right moves by trading Howard for picks and look like the clear winner from the trade.Philly straight up tanked last year but look at where they are they have the rookie of the year and are good in position to to potentially take Wiggins/Parker and another young promising rookie with the 10th pick. The Lakers right now are relying on free agency getting players who more then likely aren’t going to join the team, if they had a young solid foundation then they will have a better chance of getting them.

  • Chippaz

    This would be a perfect pick for us. If nash can continue to mentor and help develop marshall. Sign either stephenson / carmelo / Deng.
    I prefer stephenson because he the youngest and is also a two way player that fills the stat sheets up. As good as Stephenson is right now learning from Kobe could take his game and maturity to another level. Watching what Randle did in college I was already saying he’s a lock as a future all star and a top 3 PF in the league if he stays healthy, but he just lost 20 pounds since then by eating healthy and working out 3 times a day. I see both randle and Stephenson both as all stars in two years tops.

    Nash / Marshall / farmar
    Stephenson / Bazemore
    Kobe / young/ henry
    Randle / hill / kelly
    Gasol / Sacre

    Cap room still available for next season to possibly pursue Kyrie Irving. Marshall is still young but I don’t think he is the long term answer.

    • Lakers Fan

      None of those PGs are starter-worthy, and that starting lineup would have 0 defense outside of Stephenson.

      • Chippaz

        Stephenson and Kobe both can guard the best players on any team. At the end I said that we should pursue Irving in 2015 because Marshall is not a long term answer. Carmelo would give no defense and less flexibility to sign other players. Randle is average defender not bad but young enough to improve.

        • Lakers Fan

          Kobe is not an elite defender anymore. He hasn’t been for the last few seasons. Irvin can’t guard his own shadow. I would rather we draft Smart or try to get Lowry as a FA. I don’t want melo on the team, so I agree with you on that. We need a rim protector, and Randle nor Gasol will provide us with that. I would rather have Gortat or Asik(FA in 2015) instead of Gasol. I would take Gordon before I take Randle due to his ability to defend. We don’t need lockdown defenders, but we need players who play defense and are committed to it. I’m not refuting what you said, but that starting 5 would get ate alive on the defensive side of the ball.

          • Chippaz

            I agree but the only real rim protector in the draft is Embiid. I think we sign Gasol to a 1 yr deal and see what’s available next season FA. It’s out of Marcus smart and Jabari Parker for ROY IMO, Jabari might be better offensively but Smart is a lockdown defender/ a two way player. Aaron Gordon is also a lockdown defender with the most potential but might be take the longest to develop if he ever does.

          • William Zhou

            I dont think Gasol would take a one year deal

          • Chrmngblly

            2 max

          • Chrmngblly

            I want to re-sign Pau and trade him to NY with Nash’s contract for Tyson Chandler, with Pau’s permission.

          • Sir Walter Dibbs

            Well you don’t want t to sign lowry and I like lowry. I just think he’s a good pg for a small market team. If he goes to LA and signs a big contract then he won’t live up to it. Toronto is good fit for him or any other small market team.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Why do you think that? Can’t say I’ve heard that (he’s a small market player) before.

          • LAstory

            Kobe was a 1st or 2nd all defensive team 2010-11 and 2011-12… so not sure where he isn’t a elite defender.

          • Lakers Fan

            Come on now. We all know Kobe didn’t deserve that. He got that just because of his name.

          • LAstory

            He didn’t deserve it because… of his name, really?? Go look at the numbers then let’s have a more appropriate debate.

          • VillainKing

            What the hell!!he become a member of defensive team because of his name..how about you watch Kobe’s defensive highlights in YOUTUBE..heheheh

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I love Kobe, but youtube highlights? Really? Of course some compilation of his best defensive efforts is going to look great. But as he’s aged, he constantly finds himself out of position at the defensive end and gets abused because of it. He’s still great in spurts, but he’s gotten lazy ever since the second Celtics series when he was able to get away with not defending anyone because Rondo was such a terrible shooter.

          • VillainKing

            I know Kobe is aging and he can still be a great defender but not the same as on his prime..

          • Lakers Fan

            Thank You! Anyone who thinks Kobe is still an elite defender is clueless. I’m as big a Kobe fan as anyone, but he is not staying in front of anybody and hasn’t the last few seasons.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Since he’s aging, and coming off injuries that can limit his future mobility, I don’t trust his defensive skills I’m the future.

          • LAstory

            With 2 years left, and being completely healthy, I am not going to count him out…

          • Chrmngblly

            I would move him to the 3 to prolong his career. I doubt he can defend those quick 2-guards coming into the league.

          • Lakers Fan

            He’s going to be 36 and coming off two serious injuries. I have my doubts of him being a good defender. He hasn’t been good at rotating on the defensive end, but he is ok when on the ball defending.

          • painnnnn

            “we don’t need lockdown defenders” – good luck winning 30 games next year, the Lakers ranked 29 in the league for points allowed, you sound just like that idiot evan boy, ahahahahahahahaha!!! Keep chewing on that pacifier, cry baby!

          • Chippaz

            Who said that you sound stupid. Idk anybody that says sh** like that over the internet tough guy. Like I said nobody has 5 starters that are all lockdown defenders look at the bulls you need a the right mix of players to have a all around team.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            If you’re referring to me, I’m constantly talking about needing defensive players. In fact, I always suggest drafting Smart, signing Deng, and going after Asik in 2015. Want to try again?

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            I pretty much love what you posted. I’m a huge fan of drafting Smart and signing Deng, or drafting Gordon (move him to SF) and signing Lowry this season. That will set us up with defense and talent at PG ajd SF. Then next, we cross our fingers for Love and Asik, rounding out our C and PF spots. Keep some of the Lakers from last season (Young, Hill, Bazemore, Kelly) and a few new additions, and we’re looking good.

          • Chrmngblly

            Also, we may be able to do a sign and trade with Pau plus Nash’s expiring contract for Tyson Chandler and change—Tim Hardaway, maybe. That would give us rim protection.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            I don’t know if the Knicks would take that deal, but I’d be happy with Chandler at the 5. Then we’d have decent space to either draft Smart & sign Deng or draft Gordon and sign Lowry. Then, we’d only really need to fill out one position instead of two. (unless we got Chandler, signed Deng and Lowry, and drafted Gordon..but I haven’t looked at the numbers for that.)

          • Chrmngblly

            I don’t know. It makes sense if NY goes to the triangle, though. I feel like the Lakers are in such disarray right now with no players and no coach and no urgency and no clue. I think Fisher was a very bright charismatic guy that we would have been lucky to have. If we just get Howdy Dootie for a coach, I don’t know what difference having a center makes.

      • Chrmngblly

        Are you disrespecting Gasol? Yeah, me, too. I differ on Marshall, though. I predict he will become an all-star in due time. Watch him more closely after the summer.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Future all-star, charming? I don’t think so. He’ll be lucky to still be in the league in three years. He has the potential to be an all-time great passer, but his shooting is too inconsistent and he couldn’t stay in front of your pet rock.

          • Chrmngblly

            More than likely you are right about that. His passing is phenomenal enough to get him one more shot. If he spends his summer wisely and the Lakers get the right coach, there is just a sliver of a chance I could be proved right.

            You know how I feel. The Lakers are desperate for help at the 4/5—although Kelly grew so much last year. I am in tears over our team right now.

    • M T

      You like two way players? DON”T draft Randle. Randle is not worth a top 10 pick bcz he plays bad defense, only plays one position, plays bad defense, doesn’t even score that much to make up for his bad defense(15ppg), can’t play C or SF, and oh he has bad defense.

      • Chippaz

        Because the ball doesn’t stop in his hands he was the best player on that team but not the only good player. If you watched their games you would see how much of a beast he really was. Stats are not everything, every time that he got the ball he was double and triple teamed.
        Randle is a beast, was unstoppable in the key as a freshman. They can’t crowd the key in the NBA and can’t do the same coverages that they do in the NCAA, which works in his favor. Nobody in this draft that I seen was treated like that when they had he ball in their hands not even Parker. He was asked not to shoot as much in college for their system but he can shoot.

        • M T

          I love how you completely ignored my comment regarding his defense….even though i mentioned about 5 times on purpose. Good job on reading comprehension though!

    • Chrmngblly

      Not bad. No Meeks? Could I have Vonleh instead of Randle for deep shooting?

      • VillainKing

        I’m so surprised..:-)

    • Udonis

      I don’t know about anyone else but i am starting to believe LeBron James is coming to the Lakers.After watching the Heat play so uninspired and lifeless with no effort this back to back blowout loss to the Spurs is the final nail in the Heat LeBron era it’s over time for LeBron James to move on to the Lakers,we have the salary cap room to outright sign LeBron James and we have the Lakers name brand and the legacy of winning championships and the team is willing to spend any amount necessary to put the players and coaches in place to win.Don’t ever underestimate Mitch Kupchak.

      The Lakers have a coaching vacancy for a reason they are waiting for free agency to see if LeBron and Carmelo want to play on the Lakers.It could get very interesting this offseason,the decision part 2 and this time the rebel without a cause LeBron James leaves Miami to join the Lakers.LeBron James plays by his own rules he is a rebel willing to walk to his own drum.

      The Lakers are the place he will end up playing next season.He will just ask Carmelo Anthony to join him and then you have it all in L.A. with the Lakers.They are looking for a team with salary cap space that’s the Lakers.Call me crazy and laugh at me all you want and doubt me all you want this is how it’s going down.It’s obvious by now.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Blake / Nash / Marshall
      Smart / Meeks
      Kobe / Bazemore
      Deng / Kelly
      Bosh / Sacre / Bynum

  • Zimmeredge

    Does this hurt his draft stock?

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I’m no draft expert, but I figured he was top 10 before this news and could slide to 15-20.

    • Lakers Fan

      I hope it doesn’t, but I think it will. He is a talented player and it sucks, but he may drop outside of the top 10 now.

  • Lakers Fan

    Sucks to hear this about Randle. He is a very talented player who is a top 7-10 pick easily. Hope he recovers and live up to his potential. I hope it doesn’t hurt his draft stock, but it is likely it will. I would have liked the Lakers to draft Randle if Smart, Vonleh, and Gordon was off the board. Now if they are off the board when we select and the Lakers are not sure about Randle’s health, I think they will try to trade back and pick up extra picks. Either way, I hope it works out for Randle and the Lakers.

    • kookiebuger

      The Lakers weren’t going to draft him any ways the top 3 is Emiid,Parker,and Wiggins (in any order), Exum is almost guaranteed at 4 but the Magic can surprise us all and get Smart, Jazz and Celtics are the x- factors but will probably take Vonleh and Gordon.

      • VillainKing

        On my own opinion Magic will draft Exum for sure also you are correct that Utah and Boston will probably take Vonleh and Gordon..So the Lakers pick left is between Smart and Randle..I rather have Smart..

        • Chrmngblly

          I am so surprised….:-)

          • VillainKing

            I am also surprise on you Chrmngay..heheheh..:-)

          • Chrmngblly

            Your mother and I are ashamed of you, BitchBaby. How are you today?

          • VillainKing

            Your whore mother and your bitch father ashamed of you, BtichChrmngay..How many dicks you suck today??

          • Chrmngblly

            There is no point in me being nice to you, is there?

          • VillainKing

            Yeah, there is no point of being nice to you also, is there??

          • DKWTTY

            Wow for someone always up on that high horse you sure do have a filthy mouth old man!

  • M T

    GOOD. I don’t want LA taking Randle. Randle is not worth a top 10 pick bcz he plays bad defense, only plays one position, plays bad defense, doesn’t even score that much to make up for his bad defense(15ppg), can’t play C or SF, and oh he has bad defense. Please draft Gordon. He impacts the game in so many ways: defense from day 1, athleticism, ballhandling, passing, high IQ, hustle. Who doesn’t like that unique, versatile blend of skills?

    • DKWTTY

      You forgot that he can’t score either and is a horrendous free throw shooter.

  • TheTruthKills

    You hear that? That’s the sound of Randle’s draft stock falling. I didn’t want the Lakers to take him anyway, so maybe this will do the trick.

  • wangkon936

    Trade down for two first round picks. You can probably get this guy in the middle of the 1st round now.

  • Ernesto

    I am as a big a Lakers fan as anyone.But we just ain’t going anywhere with the way we are constructed as a team.Seriously Kobe making $23 million dollars hurts the salary cap flex then add in 40 year old injured TV Personality Steve Nash and his $10 million dollars and you know the Lakers are doomed for the upcoming season.Might as well draft Julius Randle at #7 and let him take the season off and just tank for the #1 pick in the next draft since it’s top 5 protected anyways.Sit Kobe out more than half the games and hire a pure tank master coach and be upfront about the tanking plan ahead of time and just keep the tank moving until Kobe is off the books then start the real rebuilding process.Let not lie to ourselves our team the Lakers are in a long painful rebuild whether we like it or not.Their is no way around this,it is what it is.I hate it but i accept the long painful rebuild because i am a true realistic fan with no delusional thoughts.Build from the ground up.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      The fans, management, players, and especially Kobe would never go for that.

      We can bring in a coach like Hollins, and do one of two things in FA/Draft. Either draft Marcus Smart and sign Luol Deng, or draft Aaron Gordon (move him to sf) and sign Lowry. Then, re-sign our bench/role players, and we should be able to get around 40 wins. Next season, sign Love and Asik, and we’re back to being a 50 win ball club.

      • kookiebuger

        That’s a bit of reach, Smart and Deng I doubt will push the Lakers to a 40 win team and I doubt some of the key bench players will stay (Hill,Young, Meeks (should stay but if they resign Young he wont)).

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          I think if the 2013-14 Lakers had a healthy Kobe, they could have easily added another 5-10 wins. Healthy Kobe, return some role players, bring some new ones in, and upgrade your PG and SF spots, and increasing your win total by 13 doesn’t seem like that difficult.

        • VillainKing

          I think Smart and Deng they can do that..

  • Caleb

    I don’t buy into this rebuilding crap.Lets win now trade the pick for a veteran and hire the best coach money can buy and lets get LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.Lets not waste the final 2 years of Kobe Bryant playing for the Lakers.Make it count and lets win the championship.Get to work and exhaust all options to make sure LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony come to the Lakers.

    • Chrmngblly

      Right now they are under contract and playing for other teams. How do you propose we do that without tampering?

  • Will

    No more rebuilding we need to stop being wimps as a team.Lets win now now now!

    • Chrmngblly

      How?

  • Adrian Meli

    Junk situation for Randle. That is tough to come into the league recovering from a surgery. Will be interesting to see where he goes now.

  • CORKY CARROLL

    It’s hard to tell what’s what and who’s who with all the bla bla bla and haba sababa being written these days. Randle is the only draft choice I got to see play ( on TV ) and honestly was not impressed. I like what I read about Smart and Vonleh but who, as far as us fans go, really knows the difference between reality and hype at this point? I still wish the Lakers would bring back Jerry West and then I would have a lot more confidence in the FO. At the moment it seems we are balanced at a crossroads with doom in one direction and glory in the other with mediocrity straight ahead. Which road with we take? I, like Kobe, prefer the high road….. go lakers.

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