One of the big storylines for Kentucky fans heading into this NBA season is Julius Randle’s return to the court. Randle injured his leg in a freak accident in his first game with the Los Angeles Lakers last year, and is poised for a big comeback after an impressive showing in the Summer League.
Interestingly, longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti says it was Randle’s injury that made him decide to retire after this coming season. Vitti told The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan that he blames himself for Randle’s injury even though doctors insist nothing was missed prior to Randle’s debut:
“When somebody gets hurt, I blame myself. That’s the Laker way – you’ve got a problem, you go in the bathroom, you look in the mirror, you start with that person,” Vitti said. “The one that really affected me and maybe even affected this decision [to retire] was Julius Randle. All of his doctors and his surgeon are saying that nothing was missed, but the guy goes out there and breaks his leg the first game [last season]. That one really bothered me.”
Here’s to a healthy 2015-2016 season.