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Julius Randle: It Made Me The Biggest Laker Fan

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"I don't know if I'll go Hollywood, I'll be the same me but I think I'm ready for it."

Julius Randle was introduced in El Segundo this week as the newest Los Angeles Laker...having been picked seventh in the NBA draft last month. So how does the rookie feel about being in the L.A. spotlight?

"I come from a place in Lexington where the spotlight is on you every day...they worship Kentucky basketball so I'm a little adjusted to it and I think it prepared me."

Randle also talked about his shot at playing with Kobe...who wasted no time reaching out to him.

"He texted me after I was drafted and congratulated me so I talked to him a little bit...he has been my idol from a young age, I always idolized him and that's what always made me the biggest Laker fan and now I have a chance to learn from him."

Randle also put on his Laker uniform for the first time Monday, still sporting the number 30. That number belonged to his mom and when he was in grade school, he asked her about wearing it.

"I was like 'can I wear your number'? She was like 'if you're gonna wear my number, you gotta do something with it' so that's kinda the connection, so ever since then it's been my number."

And what about his foot? Will that affect him before he laces up for a game?

"I think I find out about my foot sometime this week, so I've been doing some physicals and stuff and getting information on that..."

And finally, any chance Julius knows who his coach will be?

"You all know just as much as me."

Fun facts about Julius Randle: (Source: Wikipedia)

 1) He is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the University of Kentucky. He was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

2) On March 20, 2013, Randle committed to Kentucky, over Texas, Kansas, and Florida. Randle joined Andrew Harrison, his twin brother Aaron Harrison, James Young, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee as the sixth Kentucky player to be selected in the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game as well as the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic. On February 28, he was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year. He averaged 15.0 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game for the 2013-14 season.[9] He helped Kentucky reach the national championship game, which they lost to the University of Connecticut. Randle ended the 2013-14 season with 24 double-doubles, the second most double-doubles by a UK player in school history, behind Dan Issel's 25 in 1969-70, and the most double-doubles by a UK freshman (the previous record was shared by Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis at 20).

3) On June 26, 2014, Randle was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers play their first preseason game, October 6th against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego.


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