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Lakers' Julius Randle proves his in-depth knowledge of Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant will be hoping that he, and the Los Angeles Lakers, can have a more successful NBA campaign next time out compared to their frankly disastrous 2013-14 outing.

Bryant's return to fitness will inevitably be key to this ambition, but so too could the performance of NBA rookie Julius Randle whom the Lakers picked up in the first round of the NBA draft.

Lakers fans will be hoping that the pair can spark up a relationship in double quick time, but it already looks like they are half way there judging by Randle's in-depth knowledge of his elder statesman.

Trivia triumph

Appearing on NBA.com's 'The Starters', the hosts sprung a quick fire trivia test on the young rookie, with all questions concerning the one and only Kobe Bryant.

You can see the full pop quiz via this link.

Considering Randle quite obviously had no idea he was going to be put on the spot, even asking if the show was going out live (presumably in fear of being found out as a Bryant novice), the former Kentucky star proved to be quite the Kobe connoisseur - even if the vocal crowd helped him out a few times.

As well as easily reciting the numbers worn by Kobe during his extensive NBA career (eight and 24), and recalling the fact that Kobe Bryant won the dunk contest during his rookie season in '96-97, Randle called out the quiz masters for a rogue non-Kobe question regarding the veteran's 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors.

And whilst there were some obvious answers thrown in the mix (is there any NBA fan out there that didn't know Kobe Bryant never attended college?), he was quick of the mark to name the Lakers legend's prom date.

Impressive stuff indeed in what was likely a tougher environment than some of his classes at Kentucky.

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Proving himself on the court

Lakers fans will be impressed to see that the newest member of their franchise is well-schooled in their hero, but they will be looking to see Randle perform on the court before they become too attached.

The 6' 9", 250 pound power forward finished his one season in college basketball having averaged 15 points and 10.4 total rebounds per game and, with the Lakers in the middle of a rebuild, Randle is likely to be given plenty of opportunities to impress when the new season gets underway.

Kobe comeback

Randle won't be the only one with a point to prove come game one of the 2014-15 season however. Having been limited to just six regular season appearances last time out, Kobe Bryant has spoken recently of his determination to come back strong next season.

A 100 percent fit Kobe alongside a fresh, talented rookie in Randle is certainly an upgrade on what was put out for much of the last campaign down at the Staples Center that is for sure.

We just better hope Kobe has been doing his homework on Randle otherwise their relationship could start out on rocky footing judging by the latter's impressive knowledge.

Mind you when you have been to 16 All-Star games and won five NBA titles people tend to know a bit about you.

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