EL SEGUNDO – Lakers forward Julius Randle left tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter with an injury to his right leg. The initial diagnosis by team doctors at the arena is a fractured tibia.
Randle will undergo further evaluation tomorrow, and an update on his status will be given at that time.
Randle suffered a fractured tibia in his right leg midway through the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 108-90 season-opening loss on Tuesday to the Houston Rockets at Staples Center, an injury that dampens the team’s currently thin depth chart. Randle was taken off the court in a stretcher before being taken to a nearby hospital. The Lakers will have more information likely by Wednesday, including when Randle will presumably have surgery. But given that it appears Randle broke his leg, the Lakers sounded well aware of the devastating implications. Lakers coach Byron Scott also reported players told him they heard a “pop” when Randle fell to the floor.
The 19-year-old Randle was injured when he collided with two Houston players under the Lakers' basket midway through the final period. He was in obvious pain as the Lakers' medical staff tended to him, eventually immobilizing his leg while Kobe Bryant gripped his hand in support.
I think we need to bring Metta back so we can really play some "smashmouth" basketball. When we had metta he was not too good guarding 1,2,3 but pretty good with opposing 4's. Still has some value I would think.
OC Register: Randle said he has still not seen “in detail what happened” on the play, in which he fell to the ground after being double-teamed by two Houston Rockets defenders as he drove to the basket. Video replays showed his left foot struck his right calf on the drive. “It was just a regular play,” said Randle, who is laboring to walk on crutches. “Just drove right like any other time, and when I went up it felt like somebody kicked me.”
Turns out that those draft day rumors were not that far from reality. Hope he recovers fully.
These foot and leg injuries at such a young age is pretty concerning. He wasn't healthy in the beg of summer camp and he barely played before he was injured. I hope he can get his body right bc Lakers desperately need him to be 100%, esp if we miss out on a pick
Randle has been cleared to resume on court "no contact" activities and will begin traveling with the team to be near the training staff during this stage of his rehab
Thanks for the update. I would like to know if the Lakers plan to get him a personal tutor to work on his game. It's such a huge setback for him and the Lakers when he got injured right on the first game, I mean if he is playing right now, he would have been really contributing next season. Experience factor is irreplaceable but having a personal trainer would help.