Randle suffered broken leg in first ever NBA game…
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle will miss the rest of the season after he underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured tibia.
Randle was the seventh overall selection back in the NBA Draft 2014 in June, but his NBA career got off to a heartbreaking start as he suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of his first ever game in the league.
The 19-year-old was driving to the basket and planted his right foot awkwardly and collapsed. Randle was carted off the court on a stretcher shortly after with coach Byron Scott revealing that the players had told him that they had heard something “pop”.
As a result, Randle underwent surgery on Wednesday and Scott revealed how difficult it was for him to keep Randle’s spirits up before the procedure.
“I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep just thinking about the young fella,” he said.
“(I was) talking to him after the game, basically just holding him and listening to him cry and trying to console him as much as possible. It’s a tough situation.
“(The) young man obviously has a promising future. We’re going to miss him for a little while, but we have to regroup. We have to basically move on, as crazy as it sounds. We have to move on.”
Randle is the second Lakers player in as many weeks to be ruled out for the year with veteran point guard Steve Nash potentially set to call time on his career after sustaining another setback in his recovery from back troubles.
The 40-year-old strained his back in a pre-season game last month and aggravated the problem carrying travel bags a few weeks ago, and it remains to be seen if he will return to an NBA court next season.
The Lakers saw their players miss a combined league-high 319 games last season and the curse continues to strike with Nick Young expected to miss the opening month or so of the season too.