Julius Randle will be the man to initiate an attacking move after a defensive rebound. Los Angeles Lakers management are giving him free hands to push the ball from their back-court.
“I told him every time he gets a defensive rebound, I want him to push it,” Byron Scott said.
Randle has been playing this role for quite a while. He’s capable of handling the ball for long.
“It’s who I am. Naturally that’s who I’ve always been — been able to do everything on the court, effect the game in different ways. Naturally that’s just who I am.”
Its a role that isn’t natural for a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward. But Randle’s agility, athleticism and ball-handling skills, as he displayed in the preseason training camp convinced Scott to ask him to shoulder this responsibility.
“I’ve been doing that since I was little,” said Randle, who was the 7th overall pick of the Lakers during 2014 NBA draft.
“It’s who I am. Naturally that’s who I’ve always been — been able to do everything on the court, effect the game in different ways. Naturally that’s just who I am,” added the power forward.
Randle looks dangerous as he races up the court after grabbing a rebound or a loose ball. He has been the most impressive player in the Lakers roster during this preseason.
“It’s dangerous, man,” said Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell. “He puts himself and everybody else in a position where they’re always open and he’s open. If he feels like passing it, then that’s what he does, but a lot of times he has that basket.”