Julius Randle is returning to basketball with a vengeance.
In only 26 minutes of the Lakers’ first preseason game, he had 16 points on 7/12 shooting, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. The Lakers lost (shocker), but Randle’s strength and mobility in the open-floor impressed the normally dismissive, Kobe Bryant.
“It’s not normal to see a guy that size move his feet so well and have such quick hands and be able to push the ball on the break …” Bryant said. “It’s pretty phenomenal.”
Kobe compared the former Wildcat to “Lamar Odom in a Zach Randolph body.” Hopefully he’s less of the former and more of the latter.