NBA

LA Lakers' Julius Randle told to get in better shape by Coach Scott

Published 1 Comments

Football News
24/7

When Byron Scott returned to LA to take up the Lakers head coach role it was clear from the outset that he wouldn't settle for anything less than the best from his 2014-15 roster.

High standards

When you have won three NBA Championships as part of the famous Showtime Era Lakers team you tend to have expectations like that.

And the 2008 NBA Coach of the Year this week set down the marker for one of the Lakers' new boys, rookie Julius Randle.

Despite Randle near double-double in the Lakers preseason opener this week Scott has warned that the former Kentucky star must improve his fitness if he is to avoid falling foul of the tempo of the pro game.

"He's got to do a better job of setting screen," Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports Scott as saying on Randle's game.

"He's got to do a better job of getting up and down the floor. He does that in spurts."

Must get better

And Scott continued in his critique, claiming that whilst Randle was looking good there is always room for improvement. When you are playing with a franchise as storied as the Lakers the bar is usually set pretty high.

"The biggest thing with him right now is that he has to get in better shape. He's in good shape but he has to get in great shape."

And what if the rookie cannot make that step up?

"When you're not in great shape and you get tired, you lose focus, it's that simple...It's just a matter of getting him in great shape."

Related Articles

- WATCH: Kobe Bryant looks good in Lakers comeback game 
- Kobe and LeBron hit out at NBA over new TV deal
- Kobe Bryant continues to mock Nick Young over finger injury

Rookie Randle

Julius Randle was taken by the Lakers with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft after impressing as a one-and-done with the Wildcats.

Despite averaging 15ppg and 10.4 rebounds with Kentucky, the power forward was criticised at times for his fitness levels - whilst injuries also played their part in limiting his role at the NCAA Tournament.

His naturally powerful frame is sure to lend itself well to the NBA however, but Scott is right that he must become more mobile if he is truly to excel at the next level.

Randle dropped 10 points, shot 5-of-9 and racked up eight rebounds as the Lakers defeated the Nuggets 98-95 in San Diego, Monday.

Topics:
NBA
LA Lakers

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again