Julius Randle suffers broken right tibia in NBA debut
The first game of the 2014/15 season for the Lakers couldn’t have started off any worse. The Lakers lost by 18 and unfortunately rookie Julius Randle to a broken right tibia. The 19 year old 7th pick of the Lakers was 1-3 from the field and 0-2 from the free throw line in 14 minutes before suffering the injury in the 4th quarter.
After the game, Kobe talked about the heartbreaking event.
“Even for myself, being a veteran and dealing with something like this, it’s tough,” said Bryant. “For him being a 19-year-old kid, it’s tough. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to pick him up and take it day by day.”
“It’s a fluke injury,” he added. “There’s nothing you can do about that. He worked extremely hard, he trained extremely hard. Then something like this happens, so you’ve kind of got to give yourself up to that and control what you can control, and what happens, happens. And now it’s on him to control how he handles this.”
“I think what this franchise has always been good about doing is surrounding young players with players who have come before,” he said. “He has a great cast around him — myself and James Worthy and AC Green and Magic. We’re all here. We’ll help him through this. He’ll come back a basketball player. That’s the goal, is to try to find a silver lining within anything.”
— James Worthy (@JamesWorthy42) October 29, 2014