For Julius Randle, missing the entire 2014-15 season with a broken leg may have seemed like a tough break at the time (pun not intended), but it helped the Los Angeles Lakers land the pick that was used to bring D’Angelo Russell on board, so it wasn’t all bad. In fact, it may have been the best thing that could’ve happened to Randle, who returns to a team that looks vastly more exciting than most anyone had anticipated heading into last night’s season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

While most of the excitement will derive from watching Kobe Bryant’s unconscionable shot selection (he went 3-13 from three Wednesday night), seeing Randle — who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds — develope into a dominant post player over the course of the year will be absolutely epic. He’s a beast. You may have forgotten that. In fact, J.R.’s already looking like a young K.G.

Speaking of Kevin Garnett, Julius Randle in-bounded a ball off his back with a minute to play in the second quarter for seemingly no other reason than “I can see his back and give zero fucks.” (Garnett later picked up a technical foul for chirping at him.) What’s more Kevin Garnett than being a dick for no discernable reason? The kid’s a spitting image.

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