Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle has come under a lot of pressure during the pre-season after three devastating defeats for the Lakers. But despite this pressure, he came up with an impressive showing in the Lakers' long-awaited pre-season win over the Utah Jazz.
Unlike other rookies across the league, Julius Randle has the distinct advantage of being able to play and train every day with one of the best Lakers' players in history, Kobe Bryant.
Kobe can be brutal
Kobe Bryant has been one of the best players in the NBA this century. The shooting guard has lit up the NBA and pretty much single-handedly won five championships for one of basketball's most storied franchises.
Bryant is not one to suffer fools lightly, as many of his past and present teammates can testify. The Black Mamba once infamously told Lakers' points guard Nick Young that he doesn't talk to players on team's that are below .500.
Unique way of offering help
And it seems that Bryant has been reserving plenty of his own brand of insulting remarks that can be constituted as advice for promising rookie Randle this summer. Many of the Lakers' veterans have been mentoring the young power forward, but none more brutally than Kobe Bryant, as Lakers insider Serena Winters revealed on Monday.
"I asked Kobe about Julius Randle having guys like himself & Byron to help him grow: "It means he can't f--- it up," Winters tweeted on Monday.
"KB continued:"You f--- this up, you're a really big idiot. ESPN are idiots but then you're a really big idiot if you manage to f--- this up."
With the Lakers coming off their worst recorded season this century, never has there been a more important time for a rookie like Randle to stand up.