Found June 26, 2014 on College Spun:
Julius Randle went seventh overall to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier in tonight’s NBA Draft, and he may be getting the rare chance to play for his childhood team. In the waning moments of Throwback Thursday, Randle posted an Instagram picture of himself as a kid wearing a (backwards) Kobe Bryant jersey. Now, he’ll be playing alongside the Lakers great. Oh y’all didn’t know I grew up a LAKER fan? — Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) June 27, 2014 I’m sure Kobe doesn’t want to hear anything about this, he doesn’t seem to be one who likes to be reminded of his age.

Lakers’ Julius Randle: ‘I demand a lot from my teammates’

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft in Brooklyn on Thursday. Randle set Kentucky freshman records in double-doubles (24), boards (417), and free throws made (204) as the SEC Freshman of the Year, and was named to the All-SEC First Team. “I couldn’t be more blessed and fortunate to go to an...

Kobe Bryant celebrates US soccer advancing in 2014 World Cup

Only a few moments ago, the United States soccer team advanced to the round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup which caused many USA fans to be gleeful on social networking websites. One of those fans happened to be Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant who decided to post a couple of notable tweets on his personal account before/after USA’s final knockout round game against Germany. First...

Childhood photo of Julius Randle predicted his future

After the Los Angeles Lakers made Julius Randle the seventh-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the 19-year-old player out of the Kentucky Wildcats pro basketball player factory took to social media to reveal that he was in fact a big fan of the Lakers, especially Kobe Bryant, way back when he was a wee […] The post Here’s Julius Randle wearing new teammate Kobe Bryant’s jersey...

Kobe Welcomes Julius Randle Home to the Lakers

  Kobe Bryant has been known to be hard on rookies but he seems happy about the Lakers selection of Julius Randle. Here is what he tweeted out after the pick: Welcome Home @J30_RANDLE from one legendary institution to one epic franchise #LakersDraft — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) June 27, 2014 For all the salty fans that Kobe unfollowed on Twitter, it looks like he also followed Julius as well.

Can The Lakers Become A Better Team Next Season?

The Los Angeles Lakers will be a totally different team next season, that’s the only certain fact at the moment. Kobe Bryant will be back, most of Lakers’ core players will be gone or at least they have the choice to depart from LA during the summer. In addition, the... The post Can The Lakers Become A Better Team Next Season? appeared first on Hoops-Nation.

Julius Randle recalls his first encounter with Kobe Bryant

This is a pretty cool story. For Julius Randle, the opportunity to workout for the Los Angeles Lakers and visit their practice facility in El Segundo was a dream come true. After reportedly putting on great show during his solo workout last week, Randle – who revealed that he was a huge Lakers fan – told the media how the entire experience gave him goosebumps. However, this wasn’t...

Kobe Bryant Welcomes Julius Randle To Lakers ‘From One Legendary Institution To One Epic Franchise’

One of the benefits of Julius Randle slipping deeper into the draft than he thought he should is that he gets to play for one of the NBA’s most historic franchises. As a Los Angeles Laker, the former Kentucky forward will be part of a team that’s won 16 championships.  He’ll also get to play with one of the all-time greats in Kobe Bryant, who welcomed Randle to the team following...

Lakers Draftee Julius Randle Rocked Kobe Bryant Jersey As Kid (Photo)

The NBA is full of players who once wore Kobe Bryant jerseys. It just goes to figure that in a league full of people who, presumably, liked basketball as kids, at least a few rocked No. 8 (and later No. 24) Los Angeles Lakers jerseys. Thanks to the wonders of social media, we know have visual proof. Julius Randle became a brand-new Laker on Thursday when the team snatched him with...

Lakers to ‘go all out’ on top free agents

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said after Thursday’s NBA draft that his team is prepared to go all out to sign LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony if the free-agents want to come to L.A. “We’re prepared,” Kupchak said, via ESPN. “If any of those players do want to make a move, we’re prepared. And if we get word, when we’re allowed to get word, we will...

Lakers draft Julius Randle with No. 7 pick

The Los Angeles Lakers selected forward Julius Randle with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Randle, 6-9, 250 pounds, appeared and started in all 40 games for Kentucky last season, averaging 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.  Randle set UK single-season freshman records in rebounds (417), double-doubles (24) and made free throws (204). Randle told the Los Angeles...

Does anyone really want to coach the Lakers?

The Los Angeles Lakers brand has taken a huge hit over the last couple of seasons. The slide in credibility for the Lakers is tied directly to the death of their iconic owner, Dr. Jerry Buss, and the ensuing mismanagement of the team by his son Jim.The story of course does not stop there. We don't need to bring up the Mike D'Antoni coaching fiasco which saw D'Antoni resign...

Kobe Bryant Calls Carmelo Anthony, Plans To Meet

Kobe Bryant has contacted Carmelo Anthony via phone call, and also plans on meeting with the superstar free agent soon, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard: Though the Los Angeles Lakers are not on Anthony’s current list, Kobe Bryant plans to recruit him to the team. Bryant, who is close with Anthony,... The post Kobe Bryant Calls Carmelo Anthony, Plans To Meet appeared first on Hoops-Nation.

Projecting the Los Angeles Lakers Starting Five for the 2014-2015 Season

The Los Angeles Lakers have a very thin roster currently, with only Kendall Marshall (team option), Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Robert Sacre, and recent first round pick, Julius Randle under contract right now. The Lakers should have an interesting off-season, and Laker fans hope to see a much improved roster this year, but the question remains, Can Mitch Kupchak pull off some moves...

Kobe Bryant recruiting Carmelo Anthony, according to report

Carmelo Anthony is preparing for free agency on July 1 and has meetings lined up with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls. The Los Angeles Lakers are not scheduled to meet with Anthony, but Kobe Bryant has already reached out to the star free agent and intends to personally recruit him, reports ESPN's Chris Broussard: Though the Los Angeles Lakers are...

Kobe Bryant reacts on Twitter to LA Lakers picking Julius Randle

Only a few short moments ago, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Kentucky’s Julius Randle with the seventh pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. After Randle was the Lakers selection, Kobe Bryant decided to chime in on Twitter about the selection of the Kentucky forward and it was pretty positive: Welcome Home @J30_RANDLE from one legendary institution to one epic franchise #LakersDraft ...
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