Kobe Bryant to Julius Randle: Don't Be an Idiot and Mess Up This Opportunity

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2014

via Lakers Nation

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He is in a good spot to succeed, so it's on him if he messes up.

That's how Kobe Bryant sees things.

With Bryant, Steve Nash and Carlos Boozer on the Lakers roster, Randle will have plenty of experienced guys around him. Not only does he have veteran teammates he can talk to for advice, but he also has a lot of talent. That combination means he should be able to thrive in the NBA.

Bryant—with some expletives—made sure Randle knows he can't mess up this opportunity. The statements came not too long after Lakers coach Byron Scott benched the rookie in the second half of Thursday's preseason game. Randle had developed blisters on his heels, but Scott said he wasn't playing hard enough.

Before the Black Mamba spoke to the media about the young forward, he had already had the talk with his new teammate. Will Randle listen?

[Lakers Nation, h/t USA TODAY's FTW]