Julius Randle Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Leg and Recovery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

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Julius Randle has spent almost all of his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers sidelined due to a broken right leg. He continues to progress in his recovery from the injury, however.

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Randle Cleared for Non-Contact Basketball Activities

Monday, March 9

Both Randle and the Lakers received excellent news Monday, as the rookie forward has been cleared for certain drills, per the team's official Twitter account:

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

Julius Randle has been cleared for full weight bearing non-contact basketball activities.

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

Video of @J30_RANDLE getting some work in on the court. See more on 'LakersSnaps' http://t.co/fz4oXHkNS6

Randle, 20, was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft after starring for the Kentucky Wildcats. He played in just one game for the team before being lost to the injury, scoring two points in 14 minutes.

Randle won't be returning this season, of course, and he probably would be kept on the bench even if he could finish the season. The Lakers should be in full tank mode at this point, as they will lose their top-five protected pick to the Philadelphia 76ers if they end up with the sixth pick or worse.ย 

Still, the fact that Randle seems to be progressing nicely from his injury is an excellent sign for the Lakers, who will hope his return from injury, along with getting Kobe Bryant back and potentially another lottery pick to add to the fold, will help the team return to contender status. The team will also likely need to be players in free agency if it is to go from one of the league's worst teams to one of its better units.ย 

Getting Randle back will certainly help. While it's uncertain how the youngster will fare in the NBA, he certainly has the potential to be an excellent player. The Lakers will be banking on it next season.

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