Lakers’ rookie Julius Randle has surgery to repair fractured tibia, out for season

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What everyone both feared and expected is now official.

It’s a punch to the gut of Lakers fans. This was already going to be a rough season — as evidenced by how easily the Rockets handled them opening night — but the growth and maturation of Randle was one of the hopes for the future. Watching him was going to be a bright spot this season. Now he is out for the year on what was a fairly innocent-looking play at the time.

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Randle is the second Laker to be out for the season, veteran point guard Steve Nash already had been sidelined due to his ongoing nerve/back issues.

For we basketball fans, this injury just sucks to see. Hope his recovery goes well and he is back on the court next fall.