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Julius Randle Explains how Kentucky Basketball Prepared him for the Lakers


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.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 responses to “Julius Randle Explains how Kentucky Basketball Prepared him for the Lakers”

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    The top 3 played for UK!!! BOO-yah!!!

    1. J-Dub421

      Hmmmm…. No Dookies….

  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Oh, and nice to see King Kong Bundy enjoying the Kentucky game.

  3. Catcasey1

    Wish he would have stayed longer

  4. michaelb

    This guy was a treat to watch play … he was so advance on his post moves & techniques…. I’ve never seen a freshman have such a polished inside game. He could just operate on the block vs ANYBODY, no matter if they were taller or bigger, double or triple teamed.