Could the Los Angeles Lakers have chosen a better fit for one of the most all-time decorated franchises in professional sports with the No. 7 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft? In short, no– they could not.
Today, the NBA is hosting its annual Rookie Photo Shoot Day in New York, where Julius Randle has made it clear that he will not shy away from any Hollywood lights as his career takes off with the 16-time world champion Lakers. As noted in today’s Sunday Morning Links, Randle is also one of at least 40 rookies who will be participating in an open-ended Q&A with fans on reddit.com/r/NBA, where Julius has already taken the time to answer five lucky fans:
Question: Are you nervous at all to play with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers?
Julius Randle: No! I am excited about the competition with these guys and learning a lot at a young stage of my career.
Q: Loved seeing your crossover in the summer league. What was one thing you saw in Vegas that was a big difference from college ball?
JR: The spacing is a lot better in the NBA than in college.
Q: What would you guess your [NBA 2K15] rating to be?
Q: Who do you think will win Rookie of the Year?
JR: Shaking my head… Who do you think it will be. You think I’m going to say anyone but myself.
Q: How does it feel going to play with your childhood hero, Kobe Bryant? Have you spoke with him yet? If so, what advice has he given you?
JR: Yeah I’ve spoken to him. He hasn’t given me any advice yet, we’ve just talked about working out and the team.
Julius has also shown that his name (as well as his unorthodox shoe selection) goes nicely with purple and gold. Hopefully, the NCAA will jump on the NBA’s brand new fashion trend of honoring each franchise’s championship victories with a gold tab on the back of its jersey. Wouldn’t the name Harrison look just a little bit better with a gold No. 8 embroidered right above it?