Archives For Julius Randle

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, 113-107, in the Staples Center debuts for Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma put together yet another strong scoring game, scoring 23 points on 9-17 from the field, including 4-9 from 3-point range. The arc was even kinder to the Nuggets, who scorched the nets at 15-27 from distance, including a 25 point performance from Gary Harris that included 5 triples.

In this Laker Film Room video, I take a look at Kuzma, Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, including quotes from Tuesdays’ practice from both Kuzma and Randle. A separate video that focuses on the Lakers’ porous 3-point defense will follow in the next day or two. Continue Reading…

Earlier today we discussed how some of the quotes coming out of Lakers training camp had me wondering if Julius Randle may end up getting squeezed in both style of play and with his role on the team. Well, at Lakers.com, Mike Trudell had a great post today about the work Randle and Larry Nance have done this summer and there’s a quote which implies that Julius Randle is unsure if he will be a starter when the season begins.

Continue Reading…

I should not need to remind anyone of my affinity for Julius Randle. He’s simply a guy who I really like and want to see succeed. The first of the team’s lottery picks from their recent downturn, Randle is entering his 4th season with a lot to prove in what will likely double as a transition year for the team. However, in reading the tea leaves from some of the quotes and discussions coming out of the first two days of Lakers training camp Julius Randle may start to get squeezed in ways that impact his game and/or role on this team.

Continue Reading…

Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Julius Randle each possess unique traits at their respective positions. Lonzo is a game-changing outlet passer who rebounds extremely well for a Point Guard, while Ingram and Randle are exceptional ball-handlers for their size, and a handful in transition. Their collective offensive potential is full of both exciting possibilities and potential concerns about their long term compatibility.

In the first Laker Film Room video for Forum Blue & Gold, I went back through the entire 2016-17 season’s worth of footage to see where Ingram and Randle progressed, thrived, and struggled, while combing through Lonzo’s Summer League to project forward into the 2017-18 season. Their collective ability in transition could make the Lakers one of the most exciting fast break teams in the NBA from Day 1, but questions regarding the outside shooting of Ingram and Randle, as well as the individual scoring ability of Lonzo Ball could be problematic in half court situations. Continue Reading…

In our latest Laker Film Room podcast, Pete and I talk to Julius Randle’s personal trainer, Amoila Cesar. Cesar got into a lot of specifics about his goals and strategies that informed the regimen he put Randle through to get the Lakers’ power forward in the best shape of his life.

Beyond that, Cesar gave good detail on what it’s like to work with an athlete of Randle’s caliber, how nutrition played such a crucial part in Randle’s transformation, and some of (Cesar’s) own roots as an athlete and how that played a role in the type of trainer he’s become.

Really enjoyed this conversation and want to thank Amoila for taking the time to come on to the pod. As you can hear in our conversation, he’s expecting big things from Randle this year — which should be music to all Lakers’ fans ears. Click through to listen to our entire talk.

Continue Reading…

He is a power forward who does not shoot threes (not yet, at least). He’s not especially long and is not a classic “big” defender who patrols the back line as a paint protector. He is a power player who loves his face up game. A player who, though very much left hand dominant, loves to drive hard to his right hand on initial moves. He is 6’9″ 250 pounds of down-hill, runaway train who does his best work in the open court.

In other words, Julius Randle’s game is not what you would expect. Not from a “modern” NBA power forward. Not in general. He’s unconventional in most every preconceived notion of style and game for today’s NBA at the PF position. And I love him for it. Give me Tasmanian Randle in the bunker next to me any day and let’s go to battle.

Continue Reading…

The Drew League in Los Angeles is one of the best pro-am summer leagues anywhere. Current and former pros — mostly LA natives, but also other players from around the league — show up often and play with/against some really talented players who aren’t NBA players, but can really ball.¬†Every year, then, getting out to the Drew to watch some quality hoops is a staple of LA based basketball fans.

One name who’s shown up the last couple of years is the Lakers own Julius Randle. The Lakers starting PF was there this past weekend and put on quite a show in helping his team (with fellow NBA’ers DeMar DeRozan and Nick Young) pull out the win.

Continue Reading…

There are usually very few positive takeaways from the type of 39 point loss the Lakers had to the Rockets on Wednesday night. After the Lakers trailed big early and found themselves down 18 points heading into the 4th quarter, the Rockets poured it on, nailing 8 of their 13 shots from behind the arc and scoring 46 points in the process. That offensive explosion led to frustration and anger from players and head coach Luke Walton following the defeat. More than one person implied the team just sort of quit.

While that macro view is more than justified, there were some positives in the micro. One, in particular, was the play of Julius Randle who scored a career high 32 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out two assists. It was a well rounded night by Randle, who was able to bully his way to the rim and finish through contact and over length — especially when playing C and in match ups against Clint Capela.

Continue Reading…