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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Says Pau Gasol, Julius Randle Combo Could Work Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="300"] Last Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers selected University of Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick [new_royalslider id="300"] Last Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers selected University of Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Says Pau Gasol, Julius Randle Combo Could Work

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Last Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers selected University of Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Lakers were extremely happy to have the opportunity to draft Randle with seventh overall pick considering that they had him higher on their draft board and did not expect him to be on the board when it was their turn to make a selection.

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Randle will be a part of the rebuilding effort in Los Angeles and in the Lakers future plans moving forward, but when free agency begins, the team will look to speed up that rebuilding process with the likes of potentially signing free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, and maybe Raptors’ restricted free agent point guard Kyle Lowry. But another free agent the Lakers will target is an old friend that many expect to be going somewhere else for the 2015 NBA season.

Lakers longtime power forward/center Pau Gasol will be meeting with other teams and listening to their pitches in attempt to bring him aboard their roster. Lakers’ general manager Mitch Kupchak has been open about potentially re-signing Pau Gasol to keep him in the purple and gold. If Gasol decides to re-sign with the Lakers, the potential Gasol and Randle tandem could be something we see in the 2015 season.

Our own Serena Winters reported that Kupchak told ESPN LA 710 Radio that Gasol and Randle could compliment each other well:

It turns out that Kupchak is not the only one who thinks that the possible Gasol-Randle combination could be effective. Randle addressed the Los Angeles media on Monday, and spoke about possibly playing alongside Gasol:

Randle will likely see a lot of playing time in the 2015 season given that he is a big part of the Lakers’ plans moving forward. Whether it be with Gasol or not is yet to be determined, but it would be great to see the Spaniard teach Randle some moves in the post and of course, the true meaning of what it means to be a Laker and a true professional in the NBA.
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J.J. earned his degree in Sports Media from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2014. He played baseball collegiately for four years and is now interning with Lakers Nation and Sports City. J.J. is a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers and USC Trojans fan and a currently suffering Los Angeles Angels fan.

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  • samptaw

    No way.

    -Mike D’ Antoni

    • LegendInMyMind

      Yes way.

      - Phil Jackson

  • chron0sLA

    Offensively, yes. But hell freakin no when it comes to defense and rim protection.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Pau was huge in mentoring Bynum, and he turned into a great defensive presence down low. Gasol has a very high basketball IQ and can teach a lot more than his body is able to do.

      • Spitfire

        Yeah right. Dunno if youve seen Pau play D or no D at all. Then Pau has a lot of injuries and is getting older. So many sentimental fans here, defense was the main issue and Pau was the main culprit for not having any rim protection at all and you all like him back?! Smh

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Not being sentimental; I just think Pau brings a lot more to the table than some of you are giving him credit for. I’ve said it a thousand times, and I’ll say it again. The bad defense the last 2+ years was not Dwight Howard’s fault. It was not Pau Gasol’s fault. It was not Mike D’Antoni’s fault. There was no wing defense, and injuries kept guys from building any defensive chemistry. Pau is a decent defender if he doesn’t have point guards running right at him every possession every night. He is made to look downright silly when he has guards running circles around him and bigs cutting behind him for dunks, but I can’t blame him for that.

        • BULL

          you keep downin Gasol. why? we all know hes soft! plays soft def! but hes still in the top 5 of CENTERS in the league today! you act like we actually have options my brotha! you name another rim protector out there that we can get, then ill agree with you! Chandler in Dallas. Howard in Houston. neither of them can score on the block like Gasol!

          • jeremy

            if the other 4 can score then we dont need a center who can score. spurs win with ducan who not a big scorer and pistons won with ben wallace a guy far from a scorer

          • BULL

            I LIKE HOW YOU THINK JEREMY! DAMN! LOL co sign with wat you blogged

    • BULL

      you blog no rim protection but I bet you are one that wish Kevin Love came here. He do not play def neither. but he makes up for it by rebounding.. that’s what Gasol and Randal together can dominate.. think young man.. it will def work. look in Memphis!

      • Badazztj12

        Exactly Pau is a way better rebounder than Marc. Marc doesn’t even try to catch a rebound. He lets people box him out

        • Spitfire

          We are taliking about rim protecting not rebounding. Geez before yoi reply, pls read the context. That is why this site is so laughable. People doesnt even read the whole article/comments.
          Have you forgotten that Marc was a former defensive player of the year????? It is not about blocking shots but how you make your team better on defense. And what has rebounding has to do with rim protection???

          • Badazztj12

            Hold the fuck up when did I say ANYTHING about rim protecting. Maybe YOU…..need to reading before replying and shut yo dumbass up

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            The comment YOU replied to was about RIM PROTECTION.

          • BULL

            hahahaha thank you bad azz .. I hate bloggers that really do not know what in the hell they are talking about .. that’s why I choose not to respond to them.. he said rim protector. I replied, I bet he wanted Love. Love do not protect the rim. There are only a few protectors out there, Howard, Anthony Davis, Azik(at times), Lebron James(not a pf), and Tyson Chandler. Neither of the names I mention, has won the nba championship last year. If you cant protect, limit second chances. that’s where rebounding comes in… some bloggers do not get it Baddazz.. thank gosh you do!

          • Badazztj12

            Np man and with the few rim protecters. Randle will blossom in the NBA

          • BULL

            man can you imagine him being like Zach from Memphis! I mean he probably do not like the comparison, due to the lack of mobility Zach has, but he will be just like that .. wide body , left handed and 38 inch vert.. very mobile! we just need Gasol back to be that finesse player Randal is going to be our beast!

          • nlruizjr

            does Randle look like Shaq’s little brother, I think his game is closer to Shaq’s than Zbo’s, IMO.

          • Zimmeredge

            as a center, communication is the most important thing.

          • Badazztj12

            Oh yea by the way they had Hollins as coach who commands defense. Marc don’t really post up that much leaving energy for the defensive end. Z-Bo gets all the touches for most the offense in the low post

          • Zimmeredge

            marc is an outstanding defender. no high stats but chandler is also a terrific lock down, anchor d and he is not averaging terrific stats something like 10/9/1,5. perkins is the same. but those guys have a voice and they are loud.

    • Zimmeredge

      i wonder how many power forward are blocking machine in the nba.

      • Badazztj12

        There aren’t really and most are just long-arm WEAK stretch 4′s. I say with Randle strength and power he will bully guys out of his way He is gonna dominant these weak ass PFs in the league

        • Zimmeredge

          duncan, malone, garnett were their last of their kind. now it’s stretch four who can make an impact, and defensive anchor. Love, Griffin, Aldridge, bosh
          pau is a great guy, not a defensive anchor but he average 1,5 career block. if everybody stay in front of his opponent, and we win match ups then we are good again.

          • Badazztj12

            Yup that’s why I like combo of Randle and Gasol. We just need Hollins or Bryon Scott

    • LegendInMyMind

      Swatting shots into the stands isn’t the only approach to defense…

    • Jan Rey

      The thing with Pau is he’s not very good without a set defensive system… Anyone see him in the 2008-10 Lakers… he’s not that bad defensively at all, and that’s because Phil jackson has his system right

  • dencio

    This only works if the Lakers snag Lionel Hollins before the Nets do.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Because Byron Scott can’t coach bigs? Mutombo/KMart. Chandler/West.

    • jeremy

      well from the looks of it scott most likely the coach lakers just wont say it yet.

  • BULL

    it will def work! Gasol and Randal.. Yes! now we need a small forward. Melo, Ariza or Deng .. no Lowry. Hes will want half of what we have available to give out which will be around 12 mill… give it to Melo or Ariza .. bring back Ariza .. that’s who I want
    Nash/Farmar/Crawford
    Kobe/Young/X
    Ariza/Wesley
    Randal/Kelly
    Gasol/Hill/Sacre
    now we are getting somewhere

    • BULL

      I would much rather trade nash for more $$$ tho

    • Badazztj12

      Now this is what makes sense but I don’t see clips letting Crawford go. He wasn’t the problem in the playoffs. They need a better SF

      • BULL

        lol no my friend not Crawford from Clipps. the new draftee we recvd from Washington this year.. hes very talented!

        • jeremy

          well you got the wrong name he clarkson not crawford

          • BULL

            you right my bad .. good corrections..

          • jeremy

            yea i thought you meant him, but i wouldnt resign wes he was too up and down for me. i would move young to SF and have meeks back kobe

          • Badazztj12

            Bazemore would be a nice backup SF because he can guard both positions but his foot injury is only problem. I like Henry too and he said he would be ready by training camp

          • jeremy

            it shouldnt be that big of a factor look at randle he has foot problem.. i wounder if lakers will give
            DeAndre Kane a shot earn a spot.

          • BULL

            but hes undersize. . long arms but when it comes to Paul George, James, Melo, Hayword, Parsons, and now Parker, and Wiggins, he is very undersize playing the small fwrd position. I would rather have a defensive small fwrd like Ariza that can defend, go to the hole, and knock down the 3.. PAY THE MAN!

          • Badazztj12

            I meant for Henry to play SG. In a article they said Kobe could do some SF

          • BULL

            man we really need an elite Small Fwrd. the league is full of great small fowrds and too me that’s one position we are lacking desperately . I feel you with Wesley even tho that’s my boy. he can come back cheap and off the bench. Young will only be a bench player. too me he is no different from Crawford from clippers lol I got it right this time lol. but seriously we need Melo, Ariza or Deng. to me Ariza or Deng

          • Badazztj12

            Yea Ariza or Deng

  • Zimmeredge

    Lebron lets his agent negotiate a max contract via espn
    as i said, superstar, superstar, best player in the world, possible max contract no paycut for those guys even if they wanna win. they are the difference maker so you have to pay them at a very very high level. he could take a sub max contract like 100m/5y or 80m/4y. anyway it’s not his job to take paycut. his job is to win and be the prime player in the team. bosh and wade will have to sacrifice. heat’s fo will have to pay him the big money he deserves and expects.

    Lakers’ Front office did an inception on marquee fa by giving bryant a huge contract few months ago. Now Melo and Bron do not have any reason to say “hey i wanna take less”. why take less when you can earn big money elsewhere and have equal chances to win.
    again lakers are in the mix eventough it’s a very long long shot because pat riley will give him the money because if he doesn’t, heat will just suck again for multiple years.

    btw: Julius Randle is the man. i’ve been pushing the fo to draft him because he is a great guy, with a lot of talent. he is a superstar in the making. meant to start on the bench at first but then he will start.

    • Adriel Cherreguine

      I don`t wanna see LBJ in that Purp and Gold uniform though. I mean, He don`t want to win rings with Kobe, he want to win rings for his and be more than what Kobe has.

      • Zimmeredge

        no matter what is his legacy, his legacy stock his hurt. 2/5 4 finals a hof team his legacy is hurt.
        i’m not bothered that much after all. it’s the best player in the world after all. he is a champion although he is a brute force.
        i rather like melo’s game more versatile, more finesse. but the playmaking and defensive skills of lebron are unmatched right now for a player of his caliber.

        • Adriel Cherreguine

          Yah, what LBJ can bring to a team is very respectable. I mean he can play what, 4-5 spot, he`s that good, no argument that he was the best player in the world right now and he will always earn that reputation but regardless to that I just can`t see him to wear the Purp&Gold Armor until Mitch prove me wrong.

    • Kobe Gagnon

      Lol I’m just curious, who are you and how did you ‘push’ the fo to draft Randle?

      • Zimmeredge

        pushing i mean i’m a fan like all of you guys but my favorite was randle. i loved them all but as long as embiid was not healthy and parker and wiggins were unavailable. Randle was the best option remaining imo.

        • Kobe Gagnon

          Agreed, I couldn’t be much happier. His attitude, competitiveness, love for LA and playing with his childhood hero, and being a double double beast. I won’t lie that I wanted Dante Exum, but Randle won’t disappoint.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yes it could work on offense but on defense my money is on Julius Randle being the much better defender between him and Gasol ugh Randle is much stronger and can hold his post position on the block.Randle is much more athletic and can swat shots and jump up in someones face and intimidate his opponent.Gasol is a decent shot blocker and both are great rebounders it could work out.

  • jeremy

    lakers sure had more freedom to pick someone if we still had mike, we couldnt of pick randle who cant shoot the 3.

  • jeremy

    jameer nelson a free agent,lets get him.

    • comrade24

      i haven’t watched him play since we smoked them in the Finals. His game was pretty good then, still up to par?

      • jeremy

        for being 32 12 points 7 assist isnt too bad. i think he remind me of fisher not the most talented but he very smart

      • Badazztj12

        Nelson still has that elite speed but dude we need get Sessions back. He is a FA and with him back at his age(28). It will be likely for him to enter his prime

  • Lander Diaz

    This is okay BUT…we have to get a center who can protect the rim and who can provide post defense. A Gasol-Randle combo up front can be a good thing offensively. But we need to sit down Pau some time and put in an “Okafor-like” center to pair with Randle for defensive reasons. By the way is Okafor still able to play? Is he healthy?

  • wardrobe99

    this is lakers best options
    pg.Deandre Kane/jordan clarkson/Evan Turner/Isaiah Thomas/Jameer Nelson/nash
    sg.Kobe Bryant/Young
    sf.Trevor Ariza/Danny Granger/Laquinton Ross/chandler Parsons/Lance Stephenson
    pf.Julius Randle/greg Monroe/Ed Davis/Ryan Kelly/elton Brand/
    c.spencer Hawes/emeka okafor/gasol/sacre
    maybe boozer if he gets amnesty
    we can make alot of this line up
    work depends on who you pick

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