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Lakers News: Julius Randle Talks About Possibly Playing With Kobe Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="140"] At the draft lottery on Tuesday night, the Lakers received the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft in June. -- Lakers Nation S [new_royalslider id="140"] At the draft lottery on Tuesday night, the Lakers received the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft in June. -- Lakers Nation S Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Julius Randle Talks About Possibly Playing With Kobe

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At the draft lottery on Tuesday night, the Lakers received the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft in June.

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With the seventh pick, Kentucky power forward Julius Randle may be an option for the Lakers. According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Randle talked about the possibility of playing with Kobe Bryant:

It would be extremely fun, I could learn a lot from him and talk to one of the greatest, if not the greatest player of all time. There’s a lot I could learn from and pick his brain in just how to get better and dealing with adversity.

After the worst season in franchise history since moving to Los Angeles, Randle is interested to see what the team does to get back to where they are used to being:

That will be interesting to see, they have a great organization. With their organization, they’ll do whatever is right to get back to where the Lakers were used to being.

With only Robert Sacre on contract, adding Randle to the lineup would help the Lakers in the rebounding department. Known for his rare combination of finesse and power on the hardwood floor, he had a nation-leading 24 double-doubles when he played for Kentucky.

Measured 6-10 in shoes and weighing in at 240 pounds, Julius is a an impressive ball-handler for someone his size. With excellent body control in his repertoire, he can easily avoid his way around opponents in the lane.

The 19-year-old freshman led the Wildcats to the National Championship game this year and averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
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  • Lorenzo

    LOL Julius Randle is no better than Noah Vonleh why is he even in this article Lakers will not draft this Randle guy over Noah Vonleh or Aaron Gordon.Julius Randle is the typical good college player that his game never translates to the NBA basically he is the old Michigan State guy Cleaves of this draft.A undersized Power Forward with short arms and a terrible jump shot is the recipe for disaster in the current new NBA style of play.All Power Forwards that are successful can shoot the jumper consistently and some are draining 3 pointers like Nowitzki and Ryan Anderson also Chris Bosh.Noah Vonleh is so much better suited for the current NBA game and he is so much better as a player.

    • Computer Networking

      I don’t know if I can agree with you here. I believe that he is a good player. Basketball is about a team working towards a common goal. So what if you have big men shooting 3s. Really doesn’t mean anything. If I give randall 10 2 point shots and give NBA pfs 10 3 point shots, who scores more. What every team needs is players who can play their roles. This guy is exactly what Zach Randolph is. Same type of game. If Randolph can make the impact he makes on the grizzilies, why Randolph couldn’t make an impact. Even though people continue to say that the game is changing, the game from the past is still very effective. That’s the type of game he has.

      • Mathias

        Can I add that randle had the same max vertical as amare, dwight and Blake griffin, and that’s carrying more weight, and his wingspan is longer than blakes too. He’s a good combination of size strength and athleticism…i wasn’t that big on him, but I’m warming to the idea.

        • Chrmngblly

          That’s just bullshit. Randle can’t jump. He’s no more than Glen “Baby” Davis all over again. I favor Gordon by far for his overall freak athleticism and versatility. He is the same size as Randle and jumps 6″ higher.

          • Mathias

            What’s the point in a f**king draft combine if you’re gonna flat out deny the results?
            Gordon has no basketball skills, he is RAAAW…he shoots less than 50% at the line. Bringing in a project is one thing but having the lakers teach somebody how to play basketball is another. They want somebody who can help straight away, not somebody they can ship off to the D-league for 3 months.

    • edd

      Undersized? Maybe in 2002 but 6’9 isaverage…and obviously youre just going off what you may have heard but he has the same wingspan as aaron gordon buddy 7’0 which isnt short by far

  • Benny

    I think the Lakers FO will pick Marcus Smart over Julius Randle.Sorry Julius.:-(

  • DeAndre

    I really think the player the Lakers draft will depend on who they know they can get in free agency.As of today i know Kobe Bryant,Steve Nash,Robert Sacre are members of the Lakers team under contract that can change as Steve Nash might be waived via stretch provision or perhaps traded in part of a sentimental trade to say Phoenix or Toronto or he might just retire coming to realization he is done.For example the Lakers might want to go with a athletic roster next season so they might draft Aaron Gordon and sign Eric Bledsoe to start alley oop city.Or they might draft Marcus Smart and sign Lance Stephenson and Greg Monroe to create a create a defense minded team and a winner right away a win now team of Kobe+Smart+Stephenson+Monroe.

    Or they might draft Noah Vonleh and sign Kyle Lowry and Luol Deng to create a defensive mentality on the court.Or the Lakers might draft Julius Randle and keep Steve Nash and sign LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony to support Kobe Bryant in his quest for ring number 6.Anything is possible when it comes to the Lakers and what they might do nobody knows anymore.Expect the unexpected with the Lakers.

  • las

    I couldn’t read anymore after I read Robert Sacre and rebound in the same sentence. Hilarious!!

  • Countin’AllDay

    I hope jabari park flys under the radar

    • Mathias

      Keep hoping

    • JohnSmith00

      The chances of that happening are as good as the Cavs giving up their 1st for the Lakers 7th or the Wolves giving up Love for a sack of potatoes.

      • johnnycomelately9

        Sign and trade Gasol and the 7th for the 1st :)

  • Kb24

    Lol julius 5-7 range will be randle,smart,vonleh…..though vonleh has some of that celtics blood and i think danny ainge wont let him pass up to 7

  • JohnSmith00

    Julius Randle, Noah Vonleh, Marcus Smart, Aaron Gordon and who knows maybe even Dante Exum should be available at the 7th spot, which one(s) of course remains to be seen. Regardless of who the Lakers pick they’ll still be getting a player with a lot of upside and if molded properly he could turn out to be a fine player. Let’s just hope the Lakers don’t do something stupid by going out of this specific list and draft someone like Dario Saric.

  • Wes

    I keep hearing the Lakers are planning on trading this lottery pick for Coach Thibs.On the Herd today they confirmed it might get real and Thibs will be hired as the Lakers coach and since he is under contract to the Bulls they will get the #7 pick from the Lakers in exchange for Thibs.So no Julius Randle he sucks anyways all overweight and he fumbles the ball gets stripped way too easy not good enough.I would much rather have a top 3 coach in the NBA like Thibs over this guy.

  • VillainKing

    Marcus Smart all the way..

  • Wes

    Oh yeah if the Lakers decide to trade something else to Chicago like a future second round pick plus the 2019 first round pick then the Lakers should draft Marcus Smart no doubt about it.Get Smart!

  • VillainKing

    Don’t trade the 2014 7th draft pick Lakers to the Chicago..draft Marcus Smart this guy will be the next superstar of the Lakers and for the coach their are so many great coaches that can be hire in the market we have Hollins or Scott so we don’t need Thibs from Chicago..

  • d

    Youre stupid randle is the best power forward in this class and will be a superstar if drafted by the lakers

    • johnnycomelately9

      Randle or Smart. Gordon if they’re off the board.

    • Badazztj12

      not really Noah better

  • M T

    Please don’t draft Randle……short height and wingspan compared to most PFs, bad DEFENSE. I will laugh at the team that wastes their top half lotto pick on him.

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