Kobe Bryant On Julius Randle: ‘Lamar Odom In Zach Randolph’s Body’

Even though the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Utah Jazz for their second straight loss to start the preseason, the team looked much more energetic. Overall, there were plenty of positives things to take away from this game.

Arguably the biggest positive was the play of second-year forward Julius Randle, who had possibly his best game in a Lakers uniform.

Afterwards, Kobe Bryant had an interesting comparison for Randle according to Lakers Reporter Mike Trudell:

Randle definitely showed why he has been compared favorably to Odom in the past. He filled the stat sheet, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block. The highlight of the night was Randle switching off on Jazz point guard Trey Burke, stealing the ball, and taking the ball coast-to-coast for a huge dunk.

His strength was also on display as defenders continually bounced off Randle when he drove to the basket. He was continually able to get to his spots on the floor offensively, and really dug into the opposition defensively as well, showing lots of activity.

It was this potential that had the Lakers front office excited when he was drafted last season and he is now beginning to shine in this preseason. The Lakers young core has continued to excite and give fans hope for the future of this team.

Good sign.
Utah jazz coach is so desperate onto this game, come on man its preseason, lakers bench player played the last five minutes of the while the jazz played all their best guys.

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    1. Jazz coach wanted to beat the LAKERS….Scott wanted to see some of our bench RESOLVE in tight situations….OJT (On the Job Training)….”There’ll Be Plenty Time to Count…When the Dealing Is Done.”…….Sorry Kenny.

    2. It’s the preseason, that’s what it is. You don’t overextend your guys and throw Kobe, Hibbert, Clarkson, Randle and Williams out there just to get a preseason win. You just don’t. Preseason is for figuring out rotations, situations, finding what combination of guys work and don’t work together. Determine who of your non guaranteed contracts is sticking around and who is going to say the D League. Scott needs to figure out who is 14 or 15 guys to start the season are going to be, who his starting 5 is and who is coming off the bench right away. The Jazz already have that established. They brought back the majority of the team from last year, the Lakers, they’ve brought back

      Kobe
      Black
      J Brown
      Clarkson
      Randle
      Young
      Sacre
      Kelly

      From the looks of it though, only Kobe, Black, Clarkson, Randle and Young are going to be kept. From there, they still have 11 other guys who are signed that they need to figure out.

  1. 16 points!
    5 Rebounds!
    3 Steals!
    4 Assists!
    1 Block!

    Are you kidding me (Stu Lance voice)!

    At only age 20 with only 2 full NBA preseason games experience!

    If this doesn’t signal Allstar potential, what does?

      1. “What is your malfunction? Didn’t mommy and daddy give you enough attention when you were a child?!!?” GySGT Hartman

  2. We should have won that game if we just had two starters on the second half of Q4 and OT teams.

  3. Thats a good thing because its just going to make our bench that much tougher because most of the time bench players compete with other bench players, our bench playing against starters make our bench better than every one else’s losing at this high level give you experience.

  • Good sign.
    Utah jazz coach is so desperate onto this game, come on man its preseason, lakers bench player played the last five minutes of the while the jazz played all their best guys.

      1. Jazz coach wanted to beat the LAKERS….Scott wanted to see some of our bench RESOLVE in tight situations….OJT (On the Job Training)….”There’ll Be Plenty Time to Count…When the Dealing Is Done.”…….Sorry Kenny.

      2. It’s the preseason, that’s what it is. You don’t overextend your guys and throw Kobe, Hibbert, Clarkson, Randle and Williams out there just to get a preseason win. You just don’t. Preseason is for figuring out rotations, situations, finding what combination of guys work and don’t work together. Determine who of your non guaranteed contracts is sticking around and who is going to say the D League. Scott needs to figure out who is 14 or 15 guys to start the season are going to be, who his starting 5 is and who is coming off the bench right away. The Jazz already have that established. They brought back the majority of the team from last year, the Lakers, they’ve brought back

        Kobe
        Black
        J Brown
        Clarkson
        Randle
        Young
        Sacre
        Kelly

        From the looks of it though, only Kobe, Black, Clarkson, Randle and Young are going to be kept. From there, they still have 11 other guys who are signed that they need to figure out.

    1. 16 points!
      5 Rebounds!
      3 Steals!
      4 Assists!
      1 Block!

      Are you kidding me (Stu Lantz voice)!

      At only age 20 with only 2 full NBA preseason games experience!

      If this doesn’t signal Allstar potential, what does?

    2. We should have won that game if we just had two starters on the second half of Q4 and OT teams.

    3. Thats a good thing because its just going to make our bench that much tougher because most of the time bench players compete with other bench players, our bench playing against starters make our bench better than every one else’s losing at this high level give you experience.

    4. Actually Jazz’s best three players Favors, Gobert and Hayward sat out of the 4th quarter. So you’re comment is inaccurate 🙂

  • Julius Randle is going to be be a revelation!! D’Angelo is going to be a stud as well. Randle is a better version of Anthony Mason and Russell is a like a taller CP3. Beginning to see what Kupchak and Jim have been doing

    1. Now they just have to find a coach whose coaching style will bring out the best of the young lakers. Nyahhahaha!

        1. Ok let’s give BS a chance, I’ll give him the first 20 games of the regular season. IF he can’t win 9 out of 20 he has to go regardless of which team the Lakers face.

    2. And, to think that your words are only part of the plan.

      PG: Russell
      SG: Clarkson
      SF: [TBD]
      PF: Randle
      C: Hibbert

      The main plan was to build a team that could lure Durant to LA to assume Kobe’s throne. And so far, it looks right on schedule.

  • Julius Randle is going to be be a revelation!! D’Angelo is going to be a stud as well. Randle is a better version of Anthony Mason and Russell is a like a taller CP3. Beginning to see what Kupchak and Jim have been doing

    1. Now they just have to find a coach whose coaching style will bring out the best of the young lakers. Nyahhahaha!

        1. Ok let’s give BS a chance, I’ll give him the first 20 games of the regular season. IF he can’t win 9 out of 20 he has to go regardless of which team the Lakers face.

    2. And, to think that your words are only part of the plan.

      PG: Russell
      SG: Clarkson
      SF: [TBD]
      PF: Randle
      C: Hibbert

      The main plan was to build a team that could lure Durant to LA to assume Kobe’s throne. And so far, it looks right on schedule.

  • Good to see Randle start to find the bucket. Also Clarkson is looking great. Love Williams but didn’t see much from Swaggie. A glimmer of hope.

  • Good to see Randle start to find the bucket. Also Clarkson is looking great. Love Williams but didn’t see much from Swaggie. A glimmer of hope.

  • I see a lot of Metta in Randle as well. Using his strength to force the issue, using those quick hands. I think having Metta there as a mentor is the best thing that could happen for Randle

    1. The Lakers front office have a lot of former stars, legends and superstars to draw from to groom the next dynasty.

      =-)

  • I see a lot of Metta in Randle as well. Using his strength to force the issue, using those quick hands. I think having Metta there as a mentor is the best thing that could happen for Randle

    1. The Lakers front office have a lot of former stars, legends and superstars to draw from to groom the next dynasty.

      =-)

  • I see more Charles Barkley in Zach Randolph’s body. Randolph’s size, tenacity, and a lefty. Chuck’s handles, athleticism, and bull in a china shop play style.

  • I see more Charles Barkley in Zach Randolph’s body. Randolph’s size, tenacity, and a lefty. Chuck’s handles, athleticism, and bull in a china shop play style.

  • He just needs to hit that step back shot consistently (say 40%)…if he can do that, he’ll average 23/game easy.

  • He just needs to hit that step back shot consistently (say 40%)…if he can do that, he’ll average 23/game easy.

  • To me, the biggest difference is attitude and determination. Randle has Kobe’s killer attitude and is less of a basketcase than Lamar.

  • People keep saying Charles Barkley, but Julius doesn’t rebound enough to be in that category. Ditto with being compared to Zach Randolph. In addition to scoring they were rebounding monsters. I don’t see that with Julius yet. Matter of fact the Jazz got several offensive rebounds over these last two games cause he wasn’t boxing out. Need to fix that

    To me right now he’s somewhere between Lamar Odom and Antoine Walker (less the threes). Still needs to refine that post up game but all in all he played loose and well yesterday

    1. Hence the “Lamar in Zach’s body” comment. Plays like Lamar, but is bigger like Zach, not playing like him.

  • People keep saying Charles Barkley, but Julius doesn’t rebound enough to be in that category. Ditto with being compared to Zach Randolph. In addition to scoring they were rebounding monsters. I don’t see that with Julius yet. Matter of fact the Jazz got several offensive rebounds over these last two games cause he wasn’t boxing out. Need to fix that

    To me right now he’s somewhere between Lamar Odom and Antoine Walker (less the threes). Still needs to refine that post up game but all in all he played loose and well yesterday

    1. Hence the “Lamar in Zach’s body” comment. Plays like Lamar, but is bigger like Zach, not playing like him.

  • Randle did great, but the question still lingers for me. The matchup was favorable for him tonight, but what happens when he meets Favors again and he has to exert energy to defend. After Favors there’s a slew of monster PFs he has to deal with.

    The matchup I’m looking forward to is against Blake.

  • Randle did great, but the question still lingers for me. The matchup was favorable for him tonight, but what happens when he meets Favors again and he has to exert energy to defend. After Favors there’s a slew of monster PFs he has to deal with.

    The matchup I’m looking forward to is against Blake.

  • Randle is amazing. I recognize this early in the college. His handles, his body, his feel for the game… Man, he can be the best player in his class, above Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
    I think he’s our franchise player, in front of Russel (who is a very very good player).

  • Randle is amazing. I recognize this early in the college. His handles, his body, his feel for the game… Man, he can be the best player in his class, above Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
    I think he’s our franchise player, in front of Russel (who is a very very good player).

  • “What is your malfunction? Didn’t mommy and daddy give you enough attention when you were a child?!!?” GySGT Hartman

  • Who think Kobe still not good for 25 a game is dumb as fuck there’s not a lot young people in the league that can do that Kobe been hurt hell he getting old but Kobe still got it because hit technique sound

    1. Sure he can put up 25 but how efficient will it be? Will it help the team win or more importantly impede development of the young core?

  • Who think Kobe still not good for 25 a game is dumb as fuck there’s not a lot young people in the league that can do that Kobe been hurt hell he getting old but Kobe still got it because hit technique sound

    1. Sure he can put up 25 but how efficient will it be? Will it help the team win or more importantly impede development of the young core?

  • The day that Randle can shoot the mid-range and 3-point shot like Lamar….
    It’s over….

    He should find the level of “unstoppable.”

    Until then, he’s just the next iteration of Blake Griffen. But, I do believe he can develop a shot and find that next level!

  • The day that Randle can shoot the mid-range and 3-point shot like Lamar….
    It’s over….

    He should find the level of “unstoppable.”

    Until then, he’s just the next iteration of Blake Griffen. But, I do believe he can develop a shot and find that next level!

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