From Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace has competed against some of the best players of all time over the years, and he gave Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle a nice compliment the other day, saying the Kentucky product is “super strong.”
Now, that alone was an interesting compliment from the player formally known as Ron Artest, especially seeing as he’s guarded some pretty strong guys during his time.
However, MWP wasn’t done there.
“I think he’s really quick. He’s quick and strong at the same time, which is tough,” said World Peace, who won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2004. “It’s like LeBron [James]. LeBron is a bit more experienced. And if he gets that, and learns how to use angles and use his body, he’s going to be tough.”
Now, let’s be clear here: Metta isn’t saying that Randle is (or will ever be) as good as LeBron James, though he is saying that he could be a problem for opposing teams due to his size and quickness.
Like LeBron, Randle has a big body and has shown that he can be a freight train in transition and has a quick first step in the half court. That’s what Metta is talking about here, and if Randle can truly be anywhere near as good as LeBron when it comes to using his quickness and strength, then the Lakers will be in pretty good shape for many years to come.