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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Julius Randle injury puts Lakers in terrible situation

By on 11/02/2014 02:13:00 PM

After having considerable hype surrounding him after a pretty good preseason, Julius Randle was able to play just 14 minutes before going down with a pretty serious leg injury. It seems like he is likely going to be out for the rest of his rookie year after undergoing surgery. Although it looks as though he should be able to make a full recovery, it certainly is a crushing blow to a team already thin as far as talent is concerned. The Los Angeles Lakers were facing a tough task just to be in the playoff discussion already, but now they could be one of the worst teams in the NBA.
Rookie players in the NBA are usually not expected to be huge contributors right away, but Randle was different. Many felt like they got a bit of a steal when he dropped in the draft. He was obviously going to be counted on as part of the rotation, and he looked good in his limited action. All it took was one wrong landing for him to be sidelined for the entire season.

With their most promising youngster out of the picture, this looks like a season just for Kobe Bryant to put up big numbers individually. There is really very little else to play for, as his team definitely does not look like one guy can compete in the Western Conference. Not only do they not have much scoring outside of Bryant, but their team defense is probably going to be absolutely terrible for the most part. There could be a lot of tension surrounding the franchise this year, and that is weird for a team with so much history of success.

With Randle out, the Los Angeles Lakers are going to count on Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill even more. That might not be great news for the team, but they will have more value in fantasy. Ready to try daily fantasy basketball leagues? Use a Fanduel Promo Code to get started.

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