Lakers News: Julius Randle Would ‘Rather Play Against’ LeBron James

Lakers News: Julius Randle Would ‘Rather Play Against’ LeBron James


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On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers took their first step in the rebuilding process by selecting Kentucky’s Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Before becoming a Laker, Julius Randle talked to Mark Anthony Green of about numerous topics including whether he would rather play with or against LeBron James:

“I’d rather play against LeBron. I just have an older mentality. I want to beat the best. Maybe in the future I’d want to play with him. I’ve been watching him my whole life. I’d rather compete against him and try and beat him than be on his team.”

Growing up, Randle was a Kobe Bryant and Lakers fan. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the power forward has an older mentality and would rather beat the four-time MVP than play with him.

Although there are still concerns about his foot, Randle clearly has a chip on his shoulder and is looking to show teams that passed on him that he is in fact the top talent in this year’s draft. Fortunately for the Lakers, the franchise has perhaps the most NBA-ready prospect and Randle should contribute immediately.

With the draft over, all the focus now for the Lakers is on their coaching search and free agency. The team has reportedly interviewed Byron Scott three times and he is considered the frontrunner for the head coaching position. As for free agency, the team is expected to meet with Carmelo Anthony and hopeful of meeting with James.
Lakers Mitch Kupchak On Coach Search And Free Agency

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  • VillainKing™

    nice statement rookie use the purple and gold armor to beat him!!

    • LakersHeatBeef

      BREAKING NEWS: Jeff Caplan ‏@Caplan_NBA
      In effort to clear cap space for run at LeBron & Melo, told #Lakers will not extend qualifying offer to @KentBazemore20, making him an UFA.

      • $20509373

        Well since Wade and Bosh have now opted out there’s no chance of LeBron coming here now.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Never was.

          • $20509373

            Which means we can forget about Melo as well. He wants to compete or play with LeBron which means it’s either Chicago or Miami for him. Mitch is about to whiff big time this summer.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Miami is looking great right now if they can just come up on a contract for Carmelo they will be in the drivers seat to make the finals and maybe win it going away.Also Kyle Lowry and one other player like Trevor Ariza or Luol Deng might come to the Heat if they whiff on Carmelo.

            As for Mitch Kupchak he set the Lakers up for the future by adding Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.More so the focus is on Julius Randle he is a great young player with immense talent and good upside with a NBA ready game and a great muscular body.

            He better just keep playing the way he plays stick with what works.Clarkson is a MCW type Point Guard big athletic quick Point Guard with upside.Now that is all he has done so far,but as far as the LeBron and Carmelo pipe dream that is a big whiff and the Lakers brand takes a hit as we still are not a good enough team to win anything of importance and we have no first round pick in 2015 and 2017.

            Nothing but a rebuild is where it points and that’s the Lakers worst nightmare.See the Lakers are a famous team that has a tradition of not only winning but winning championships they have a certain golden standard to live up to.Free agency starts July 1.

          • kookiebuger

            The Lakers have a top 5 pick in 2015 and 2017 they can get keep those picks if they fail at free agency for the next couple of years.

          • Zimmeredge

            No Carmelo in Miami my friend. They will have to bring in role players. No major superstar. Expect 12-15 wade, 15-16 bosh, lebron still at 20.
            But if i was the Lakers, my two targets would be bosh and melo. Lebron is a dream. Yeah propose him THE big thing!!! But otherwise we should go after melo and bosh. If “no”. Then Pau gasol and deng or ariza.

          • box5

            Not if we get rondo and can sign a monroe yell

          • Evan

            Rondo is currently under contract. So unless the C’s trade him or we wait until next season (which would be too late), we aren’t getting Rondo.

            I’m also not sold on giving Monroe a max contract.

          • courtney harris

            Actually Riley said they would not be looking to add melo. They don’t need a big4. How many superstars does it take for lebron to win a ring? Lol smh “worlds greatest player”

          • Shawn

            Exactly as a Lakers fan I take pride in who comes here. LeBron will all was be a “NO”.

        • youknow

          Awwww…are you sad now cause we’re going to beat your Man??? Instead of playing with him.the majority of laker fans are happy that we don’t have to sell out for a ring.Let’s go Lakers!!! Let’s beat this chump ! I rather lose and do it the right way and watch a competition instead of win with a loaded team with no competition. All true laker fans feel the same.

          • $20509373

            Well we’re going to do a lot of losing for a while. I already accepted that this is going to be a long and painful rebuild. I’ll still be here.

  • lakersFoeLife

    Welcome to the Lakers Julius, I like your style! Keep your motor running! I like your ego. Keep it up then you will be your center piece for a championship run very soon!

    • lakersFoeLife

      *the center piece*

  • Cuco

    This kid has a great attitude and mentality to be a Laker. Comments like this are what you’d expect from Kobe. Hey he could be just be saying it cuz hes a Laker now, but he’s sounding like a true competitor. Cant wait to see this kid don the Purple and Gold and see what he’s really made of. Bring the intensity and get those W’s kid!

    • Jared

      randle is gona be sumbody he has the fire.. and kobe will bring it out even more

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Julius Randle went heads up with at the time the best veteran senior Power Forward in College Payne from Michigan State and in his game Julius Randle dominated Payne as Julius Randle scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds that’s when i knew he was a superstar.It was only his third game as a Collegian.

    Julius Randle is just saying the truth he is a competitor and he wants to play the best players in the world.Also LeBron is not coming to the Lakers from all reports he is staying in Miami.Haslem just opted out and Shabazz Napier is there now.Plus Wade and Bosh are expected to opt out and then they plan on getting help in free agency to add more championships that’s the Pat Riley plan as of now.

    • Zimmeredge

      Although i dont expect lebron to take a paycut to open the cap Space.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Yes it’s interesting what Riles has up his sleeve?Who would you put you’re money on Pat Riley or Mitch Kupchak when it comes to this LeBron James rumor?The rumor saying the Lakers Mitch Kupchak wants LeBron James and we are going all out to get LeBron.Then on the other side of the coast their is The Godfather Pat Riley hell bent on keeping LeBron James and building a better team than before.This is coming down to Pat Riley versus Mitch Kupchak.If the reports are true if not please just laugh the rumors off.But is compelling nonetheless i suppose.AS the drama builds.

        • Jordan Kellogg Wallace

          Well Pat has 55 mil to work with compared to Mitchs 30 so i think lebron stays. Honestly think the lakers would be fine with Lowry, kobe, deng, randle, gasol. Bench including marshall, young n some other role players maybe ariza if money allows. Hopefully can get a solid C that plays Defense

      • LakersHeatBeef

        All the Big 3 plus Haslem all opted out something huge is about to go down in favor of some team.I venture to guess it will be in South Beach.

        • nlruizjr

          and of course the new commish will allow it because of basketball reasons, how funny that works as long as your not the Lakers !!!!!

          • Shawn

            But we get Spoiled though damn haters don’t, nothing about nothing but hating.

    • comrade24

      Damn, Miami got Napier? i stopped watching after the lottery.

  • Robert Perez

    I like his attitude… Hope he can play.

  • Rich James

    Acquiring Lebron and/or Melo would force him to the bench. So of course he wouldnt want them on the same squad lol And this is coming from a Lakers fan.

    • vdogg

      not really. randle is a PF. lebron and melo are SFs.

      • kookiebuger

        It will probably be Melo at SF, LeBron at PF or the other way around so yeah it would kind of course Randle to the bench.

    • Preston

      Naw it would be: C Gasol PF Randle SF Carmelo

    • Evan

      Both LeBron and Melo can play the SF position. If we got them both, then yes I could see that causing problems. However, I don’t see that being his logic here. I think any true competitor’s mentality would be “beat the best to be the best”.

      • Shawn

        Im good on the ifs & buts senario. I just wish the FO
        will stop with this Melo/LeBron crap.

        • Evan

          It’s the media spouting this stuff out. Any GM worth his paycheck is going to entertain the idea of getting two of the best players in the league on his team.

  • kobe

    he’s saying all the right things.

  • Preston

    He’s got “it” in him.

    If LA winds up with a front court of Gasol, Randle, Carmelo .. that would be pretty formidable. I’d take Luol Deng, Gasol, Randle as well.

    • kookiebuger


      • Evan

        Right? I’d prefer a front court of Deng/Ariza, Randle and a serviceable veteran for a year (so we can pursue Asik or M. Gasol in 2015).


    I like Ariza. By the way, whats up with those 7’5 dudes we here hearing about? Any of them still out there? We need some defense in the paint, and everywhere else for that matter. And I like Randle more the more I am learning about him.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Artem Klimenko will play for the lakers summer team..

      7’1, 240 lb center with a 7’4 wingspan, 9’4 standing reach.

      • Badazztj12

        Good shit might take second role C off bench lol

        • LakersHeatBeef

          I am watching his highlights and i am getting very excited i also have seen him play live via broadcast and i am blown away about how good he is.Mitch found the overseas gem he was voted defensive player of the year in 2012 when he was only 18.He is very underrated fell under the radar and was looked over and underestimated.

          Yeah he reminds me of a legit European big man he has some foot speed but not the fastest guy in the world,he is huge a monster that is athletic and can hit jump shots all day long and all night long.Overseas gem found by LAL.

          He scored around 14 points a game and grabbed around 7 rebounds in European play and blocked 1 shot per game.I think he is very talented and his name came up time and time again during the entire draft process.

          I think he could be the Lakers starting Center no offense to Robert Sacre but this kid is much better than Sacre on both ends of the court.That’s the beginning of it and i wonder how much Mitch and Jim paid him to leave his Country?Gotta make it a long term signing and develop him we need a productive legit Center.

          • Zimmeredge

            Do not agree with you on this one. Klimenko will be a good role player regarding match up. Euro guy means smart guy. He will measure up against big dudes like jordan, hibbert, Howard, that kind of center.

      • comrade24

        nice! good things are happening finally in Lakerland! now, let’s get Melo!

  • numb1lakefan

    those who think lakers are rebuilding dream on kobe is back and its win now mode.true laker fans know that

    • kookiebuger

      It’s highly unlikely the Lakers will be capable of putting together a winning team any time to soon.

    • $20509373

      The team is in rebuild mode. The FO and some fans just haven’t accepted it yet.

      • NukleUp

        damn it!!! You’re right aren’t you?

  • Thomas Torres

    Love the kids fire but he better back it up or KB will be all up in his A$$

  • Eddie

    I’m truly frustrated with Mitch Kupchak signing Kobe to a whopping 48 mil for the next 2 seasons. I love Kobe, but with the many minutes he has played over 17 grueling seasons his body can no longer respond to an 82 game regular season, not including the post season. We need the genius of Laker legend Jerry West calling the shots, there is none better than Jerry to evaluate basketball talent. Go Lakers!.

  • Lakers4Life

    In other words he’s saying Kobe is not the best haha.

  • Robert L. I.

    I love this guy’s attitude, “play against Leflop” oh hell yes!

  • Brandon Leong

    i hope Randle can back up his brave words..good to see fearlessness in him..but yeah we’ll see in summer league!

  • comrade24

    I like this kids attitude and demeanor.

  • Shawn

    Lakers plz stop it, just focus on the task at hand neither one want to play here. Plz stop this foolish & rebuild our team. And quit making the Purp&Gold look bad entertaining these cats. Get back to the task at hand, go for other solid players, drop the Melo and LeBron nonsense.

    • NukleUp

      Agreeable! I understand the politics of pretending to go after these guys, but the reality is we have better chances at going at other guys that I’d hate to see us lose because we were taking the Prom queens out on dates when they never had any intention of giving us the goods at the end of the night!