Here’s ESPN Los Angeles reporting on a key member of the Lakers youth movement:
This summer, Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott came to Julius Randle with an order.
“I told him every time he gets a defensive rebound, I want him to push it,” Scott said Sunday following his team’s 126-83 preseason win over Maccabi Haifa at Staples Center here.
It’s not typical for a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward to have the green light to initiate fast breaks all by himself.
“True,” Scott said with a smile.
But that’s precisely what Randle has done on numerous possessions throughout this preseason, and his agility, athleticism and ball-handling skills have been one of the biggest highlights — and biggest surprises — for the Lakers, continually impressing his teammates, coaches and fans alike.