Going into the Los Angeles Lakers training camp, there was one question that needed to be answered above all others. No, not whether Kobe Bryant would start at shooting guard or small forward, or whether Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell could start together. The question on every thinking fan's mind was this: who would Julius Randle pick as his all-time NBA starting five to face a hypothetical team of Martians with the fate of the human race in the balance?
"Let's go smallball. So Magic [Johnson], [Kobe], [Michael] Jordan, LeBron at the power forward," Randle told Mike Trudell of Lakers.com. That is a strong start, and after having some trouble deciding between Shaquille O'Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon, Randle eventually said "Let's go with Shaq." That is a pretty strong starting five. While Randle showed some second-year veteran savvy and avoided a hailstorm of criticism by not putting himself in that lineup, I am going to go ahead and say he would not be a bad GM should the Martians invade and decide they want to run fives for the fate of the earth.
Randle was also asked by Trudell who the best Laker of all-time was, and answered "Kobe" without hesitation. He also listed newcomer Lou Williams as the current teammate he would vote for as president ("he's a man of the people"), and claimed he only uses emojis to text his girl. The whole thing is worth a watch if you like fun. Take a look:
Which teammate gets Julius' vote for the 2040 presidential race? https://t.co/MqkBN9zD19
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 10, 2015
All quotes transcribed via above video.