Lakers News: Julius Randle Says Team Can Surprise People, Wants To Be A Leader
Randle-vs-kings
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have completed their first training camp under first-year head coach Luke Walton, as they begin their season Wednesday night when they host the Houston Rockets.

With Kobe Bryant no longer on the team the focused turns towards the team’s young core and guys like D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Jr., among others.

Coming off a season in which they went 17-65, the worst season in franchise history, the goal of this season is improvement and development, something that has been stressed throughout camp.

Randle, who is heading into his third season as a pro despite missing just about all of his rookie season, thinks that this Lakers team can surprise some people. In an interview with SLAM Magazine Randle talked about that, as well as being a leader for the other young guys on the team:

In his first full season last year Randle averaged a double-double at 11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds. Hid biggest weaknesses that he worked on this past offseason were his midrange jump shot and finishing with his right hand, as the southpaw doesn’t have a problem getting to the basket with his unique skill set.

While Walton has not committed to his starting lineup or rotations yet, Randle started every preseason game and started 60 of 81 games last season, so it seems as if Randle will be the team’s starter at power forward with Nance Jr. backing him up, although it is likely that the duo will have opportunities to play alongside each other when Walton goes with a smaller lineup.

You May Also Like

Jim Boeheim Believes Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony Can Play Together

[new_royalslider id=”160″] Heading into free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers did not…

Former Lakers Caron Butler, James Worthy Lead Instruction At Spectrum SportsNet Youth Basketball Clinic

In partnership with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, Spectrum SportsNet…

Lakers News: LeBron James Finds It Easy To Ignore Saga Between Magic Johnson, Luke Walton

When LeBron James signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency it not only signaled a dramatic change for the organization but head coach…

News From Around the League- August 2, 2010

News from around the league on August 2nd. Latest on the Lakers.…