The NBA started the 2014-2015 season Tuesday October 28th 2014 with some great matchups. The Lakers hosted the Rockets at the Staples Center. The Lakers not only lost the game but also lost their top draft pick Julius Randle to a broken leg. Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle, the team’s top draft choice in June, broke his right leg midway through the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 108-90 loss to the Houston Rockets.
ESPN reported that Randle, the 19-year-old former University of Kentucky standout who was selected seventh overall in June, was driving to the basket when his right foot buckled and he collapsed on the court. Scott said he was told that other players heard a “pop” when Randle went down.
As the crowd went silent the Lakers veteran, Kobe Bryant went over to comfort Randle as he was laying there grabbing his leg.
“Even for myself, being a veteran and dealing with something like this, it’s tough,” said Bryant, who missed most of last season with two major injuries. “For him being a 19-year-old kid, it’s tough. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to pick him up and take it day by day.”
In all my years of watching basketball I have never seen such common injury of a broken leg happen. It started with Kevin Ware, Paul George and now Julius Randle all in the 4th quarter of their games.
Bryant added that breaking your leg is a “fluke” injury.
“There’s nothing you can do about that. He worked extremely hard, he trained extremely hard. Then something like this happens, so you’ve kind of got to give yourself up to that and control what you can control, and what happens, happens. And now it’s on him to control how he handles this.”
The next morning Paul George tweeted Randle with some encouraging words letting him know to “trust the process” since he is going through the same thing as well.
Losing Randle is will affect the Lakers early on as it is hard to rebuild a franchise when you lose the top draft pick. We will see the steps the Lakers take from here.