The Los Angeles Lakers have cleared Julius Randle to fully participate in training camp without restrictions, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The Lakers expressed optimism they could start Randle with a full workload after limiting his playing time through Summer League, and he'll get his restart without any hitches as the team heads to Hawaii.
The Lakers will continue to monitor Randle's progress closely, measuring the intensity that he plays at in a formula Gary Vitti laid out in a previous update on Julius' health. How he looks through training camp is one of the most important facets of training camp, with the first game coming on Oct. 4 against the Utah Jazz as the next step forward for his return.
Randle has been working closely with Metta World Peace through the summer, nurturing his basketball intelligence while refining other aspects of his game, all while improving his physical conditioning. "Physically, mentally, I just all around feel better," Julius told Time Warner Cable SportsNet during his mediay day interview. "Coming in more prepared. I feel better about myself, obviously more mentally prepared than anything coming into this year. Going through what I went through last year, it made me a better player."
Byron Scott anticipates a battle between Randle and veteran Brandon Bass for the starting power forward position, standing as possibly the only starting lineup slot that's still in the air for the Lakers.