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Byron Scott On Julius Randle: ‘Biggest Thing Is To Get Him In Shape’

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After winning a franchise-low 27 games last season, the only positive for the Los Angeles Lakers was getting a lottery pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

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Fortunately, the team may have potentially struck gold in the draft by landing Kentucky’s Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick. Randle is widely considered one of the best players in the draft and could to be a perennial All-Star in the near future.

New head coach Byron Scott was recently sat down for a Q & A session with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com and was asked about what he wants Randle to accomplish before training camp opens. Scott responded by saying the following:

“We’re been working on his post game and face up game, but the biggest thing is to get him in shape. 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.”

Scott is adamant about Randle not coming into training camp out of shape. It will be all on the rookie to prove that he’s up to the task as it could easily impact his playing time heading into the 2014-15 NBA season.

At this point in time, the consensus is that veteran forward Carlos Boozer will be the starter at the four spot. It will likely be Boozer’s job to lose, but Randle could make things interesting if he excels in the minutes he’s given at the position.

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  • Zach

    This guy’s a rookie and he’s already out of shape..? Not a good sign!

    • Daniel

      I am sure he is not out of shape, Byron meant, I think, NBA shape, to be able to play 82+ games.
      College to NBA is a big change even on the physical strength you have to have.

      • C Hawk

        Exactly what he meant, i’m sure Randle would be be in great shape if he had to only play 30 college games a year but 82+ NBA games plus all of the travel requires a different type of “in shape”.

      • Robert Knowles

        yall ignore zach because he is a hater


          not to mention an idiot, too, but I guess regular commentators know that already by now. Keep on trolling, Zach the Sack (as in scrotum)

    • Alex Vermont

      there’s a difference between in shape and nba shape.

    • Al Haldie

      Your still around – not a good sign….TROLL go away…

    • DKWTTY

      Are your parents brother and sister? Or did your mother drink while pregnant with you? Was the umbilical cord wrapped around your neck for a little too long?

    • karasoon4

      Zach, your ignorance on all aspect of sports and fitness and anything else to do with the business, is starting to get really annoying.

    • They call me Pringles

      He’s not out of shape, he just hadn’t played solid basketball in months. Summer league he played spot minutes so I don’t think that counted.

    • Al Haldie

      Don’t feed the TROLL-trolls don’t die they just fade away….

  • LakersHeatBeef

    That’s also my biggest concern with Julius Randle it’s his shape how will he come into training camp?I want to see him in great shape so he can endure much longer stretches of playing time during games and he needs to build his stamina and endurance to become the star players some of us think he can become.He just needs to keep training and feeling out the process of hardwork and conditioning along with great cardio work in the gym and weight training to build endurance and he needs to eat healthy along with being focused on being in great shape to run up and down the court for 48 minutes a game in a hostile NBA setting.He should be playing 5 on 5 all summer long to be in basketball shape,keep on running and playing 5 on 5 basketball full court.

    • Al Haldie

      I believe that’s what COACH just said but not in so many words…

  • numb1lakefan

    randle and ed davis together down low will be a beasty tandem…….. laker fans will love it

    • vdogg

      agreed! i think those two will wind up starting.


    Good stuff coach. Get the rookie in the best shape of his life.

  • blah

    Randle is already a big dude body wise and he seems to be dedicated to his craft, it’s going to be fun to see what he could do with an NBA trainer by his side and with a chip on his shoulder. I wasn’t the biggest Randle fan when they drafted him but I’m warming up to him, he had top 3 potential going into the year so here’s to hoping he pans out and is the beast we’re all hoping for.

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