TAG: Julius Randle

GIFs, Latest News, Twitter / Oct 23, 2014 / 10:45 am

Julius Randle: “I Don’t Want To Be The Next Shaq. I Want To Be The Next Kobe”

Julius Randle, C.J. McCollum

Rookie Julius Randle always struck us as a bruising power forward, more in the vein of Shaq than any other Laker great; he’s a player with a butt that could back down just about anyone at the college level. We’ll see if that power translates to his first NBA season after being selected by the Lakers with the seventh pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. But Randle — after showcasing some nice body control on some coast-to-coast jaunts last night in LA’s win over Portland — has a different apotheosis in mind. Read More »

Smack / Oct 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

Kobe On Julius Randle Having Him As A Mentor: “It Means He Can’t F**k It Up”

Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle

The Lakers stormed back from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat the Utah Jazz at home last night, 98-91. Kobe Bryant‘s 26 points and Ronnie Price‘s defense were the biggest reasons why. Rookie Julius Randle had a decent game, too, with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks. When asked about mentoring Randle after the game, Kobe made it clear it was on the rookie to soak up as much as he could from Mamba and coach Byron Scott. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 7, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Video: Julius Randle Posterizes Jusuf Nurkic

Jusuf Nurkic, Julius Randle

Seven-foot Nuggets rookie, Jusuf Nurkic, played professionally in Bosnia before coming over to the States to try his hand at the NBA level. Julius Randle was the No. 7 pick for the Lakers after he led Kentucky to the NCAA title game as a freshman. When the two players from opposite sides of the basketball spectrum met at the rim last night in preseason action, one of them had to give. You can probably guess which one. Read More »

Video / Sep 30, 2014 / 10:45 am

Nick Young Talks Kobe, Hazing Rookies, His Defense & More At Media Day

Nick Young

We’re pretty sure Nick Young was the perfect interview yesterday during Lakers media day. He was witty, bombastic, hyperbolic, continually self-referential, and basically a reporters waking dream during a day that can drag and turn monotonous for players and reporters. Not so with Swaggy P on the mic. He talked to the media about training with Kobe Bryant, hazing rookies and a hysterical — possibly farcical, it’s hard to tell — conversation he had with coach Byron Scott about the team’s defense. Read More »

Smack / Sep 18, 2014 / 11:45 am

Nick Young Is Making Lakers Rookie Jordan Clarkson Call Him “Daddy Swag”

Nick Young

If sheer entertainment value is what the Los Angeles Lakers had in mind when signing Nick Young to a four-year, $21.3 million contract, then Mitch Kupchak and company are surely pleased with Swaggy P’s offseason performance. Whether it’s jet-setting with his superstar musician girlfriend, showing off his underrated hops, or playing pick-up with unsuspecting youngsters on the blacktop, Young has clearly made the most of his time off. Read More »

College / Aug 4, 2014 / 4:45 pm

2014 NBA Rookies Choose Their Jersey Nicknames

NBA Draft

Last season news broke the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets would debut a new idea from the NBA where they would replace the last names on the back of their uniform with a nickname of their own choosing. The NBA went ahead with the plan as various monikers were spotted on the back of the uniforms for both teams, but we wanted to know what nicknames this year’s crop of rookies would choose if given the chance. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Aug 4, 2014 / 2:30 pm

2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot: Superhero Edition

Batman

The 2014 NBA Draft has been hyped for a couple years now. Some think it’s right up there with the 2003 Draft that featured the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. Others think it’s too early to tell what stars it might produce. Regardless, these rookies are already larger than life, so we thought it only appropriate to ask them during the 2014 NBA Rookie Shoot yesterday in Tarrytown, New York which superhero is their favorite. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Jul 24, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Bold Predictions For The 2014-2015 Rookie Class

NBA Draft

The NBA draft has come and gone, and those that were selected are now ready to embark on a journey they have waited for their entire lives. The class of 2014 was a very deep, and only time will tell how special it will ultimately be. Which rookies will show out in their first season? Which will fade cound could be bound for Europe? With the draft behind us and regular season rapidly approaching, it’s time for some bold predictions for the 2014-15 rookie class. Read More »

instagram, NBA Draft, Smack / Jun 27, 2014 / 11:00 am

Julius Randle Has Been A Lakers Fan For A Long Time

Adam Silver, Julius Randle

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the seventh overall pick last night. He posted a childhood photo on Instagram afterwards to show just how long he’s been a Lakers fan. Read More »

Mock Draft, NBA Draft / Jun 26, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Dime Mock Draft 6.0: The Final Edition

Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker

This marks the last mock before the 2014 NBA Draft begins tonight. While there continues to be a ton of activity, even at the front of the draft, these are the best guesses as to the order each player will be selected and which team will acquire them. Based off all the chatter so far, we’re bound to see some huge changes before it’s all said and done, though. Read More »