Julius Randle will make his return to the basketball court during the Los Angeles Lakers' Summer League opener on Friday, but the team has been singing his praises leading up to the big moment. Randle's strength is what has teammates calling him an "ox" and "beast," but he matched up with a former Laker who built his reputation on being one of the strongest players in the league.
Metta World Peace stopped by the Lakers' training facility and called Randle "super strong." A sign-off by Metta is about as good as it gets when it comes to strength, and with all of the praise being heaped at the returning power forward, it's hard not to get hyped about his progression since breaking his leg.
The Lakers plan on sitting Julius against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, letting him rest on the second-half of their back-to-back in Las Vegas. LA's digital media team also provided this nice coast-to-coast finish from Randle which serves as a quick reminder that not only is he powerful, he's agile too:
And a few tweets about Randle's progress. Note Byron Scott mentioning Julius is not a small forward:
Byron Scott said Julius Randle has great feet that should help him guard 3s but stressed he is NOT a small forward at this point— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 9, 2015
Byron on Julius: "Listening to the guys who have guarded him, some of the guys say he’s the strongest guy they’ve ever guarded."— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 9, 2015
Byron said plan is for Randle to play no more than 30 minutes a game in summer league— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) July 9, 2015
In one day we see it for ourselves.