Julius Randle’s Emergence Energizing the Los Angeles Lakers

November 9th, 2016 by Eric Pincus Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — The 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers finally notched their fourth victory in a desolate 17-win season on Dec. 15, cruising past the Milwaukee Bucks behind 22 points from All-Star Kobe Bryant.

It was one of not many highlights in what proved to be the worst season in Lakers franchise history.

"I want that to be a thing of the past," said third-year forward Julius Randle, looking back Tuesday night after the Lakers saw their three-game winning streak end following a 110-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Just seven games into the current campaign, the rejuvenated Lakers had already notched their fourth victory—a full 39 days ahead of last year's pace.

"We've been on the other side. We've lost three in a row. We've lost five in a row," Randle said, finding motivation in the recent history. "I've been on the other side and it sucks."

The 21-year-old Kentucky product has been a significant part of the team's early success; Randle is currently fifth in the league in field-goal percentage at 58.8 percent while averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. During ...

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