Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Julius Randle taken off court on stretcher with reported broken leg

The Lakers long season just got even longer.

Promising rookie Julius Randle left the season opener on a stretcher in the fourth quarter after suffering what TNT is reporting as a broken leg. The Lakers say he is getting X-Rays but would not confirm his injury.

Randle started his drive from the right wing and when he got in the lane he had contact with Donatas Motiejunas that seemed to take his legs out from under him a little, and when he landed he seems to have come down wrong and broken something in his right shin area. The contact wasn’t unusual for an NBA game, it seemed to catch him just right.

Randle went down and stayed down. Quickly Lakers trainer Gary Vitti was over with him. As he stayed down more and more teammates came over to be around him, especially once the stretcher came out.

The Staples Center crowd, which had been riled up minutes before when Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard exchanged words (and got technicals) fell silent.

Randle’s development was one of the few things Lakers fans could really look at as hope for the future with this roster. The Lakers were getting easily handled by the Rockets on opening night but Randle showed some flashes, particularly when paired with Ed Davis.

We will update Randle’s condition as we learn more.

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