Before he was a Los Angeles Laker, Julius Randle helped take Kentucky to a National Championship game. Jumping from the college level to the NBA wasn’t so bad, thanks to Coach Cal’s system at Kentucky.
The former seventh-overall draft pick is in Chicago this week and stopped by ESPN’s desk at the NBA Combine to talk about upcoming free agency, his draft experience and much more. Naturally, his time at Kentucky was a talking point. Randle said the expectations at UK are not so different than the Lakers.
“It’s very similar, to where the fans expect a lot out of you. It’s great. You love to have a fanbase that’s passionate.”
The Lakers’ fans remain engaged, even though they have not had much success during Randle’s four-year tenure. There have been more losses than wins, but he still managed to post some impressive numbers ahead of a restricted free agency offseason.
Randle attributes his success to one of Calipari’s core tenets: accountability.
“I think the biggest thing coming out of Kentucky that Coach (Cal) teaches is accountability. For young men going into the NBA, there’s a lot of free time, a lot of stuff to where you have to be accountable for your actions off the court, but on the court as well.”
Playing for the Lakers isn’t so different than playing at Kentucky, Julius Randle says pic.twitter.com/q7RWnj62oJ
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) May 17, 2018