This hasn't been the season that Julius Randle envisioned. Despite starting for the Lakers for the last two seasons, Randle watched as Larry Nance Jr. took over his this season. Even when Nance went out due to injury, head coach Luke Walton preferred to slide rookie Kyle Kuzma into the starting lineup.
Randle had a difficult transition to backup at first, but has thrived as of late. His former coach, John Calipari, took to Twitter to voice his support of the former Cat.
It’s hard for me to ever be more proud of one player over another, but when adversity hits, a player’s response says a lot about who he is, how he’s trained, his parents, his coaches and us here at UK.
.@J30_RANDLE, who had a dble-dble last night, has shown me something about his character, integrity, and just as importantly, his professionalism. The Lakers chose not to extend his contract, which is their right, but he hasn’t responded negatively - by statements or actions.
Julius is controlling what he can control, which is his play. And you know what, he’s playing as well as he’s played in his life. That’s why I’m proud of him. Can’t wait to see how this unfolds for his family. My guess is better than he even imagined. Proud of you, Julius.