Are the reports of Julius Randle’s problematic right foot just a ruse?
Last week, Adrian Wojrnarowski from Yahoo Sports reported that Randle’s foot was worrying some teams and would likely require surgery this summer. Randle then quickly took to his Twitter account to shoot down the rumor.
After his workout with the Lakers earlier today, Randle discussed the issue once again and said his right foot wouldn’t require surgery.
“I met with the best foot doctor in the country and he said he wouldn’t do anything with my foot,” Randle said. “There’s no scheduled surgery or anything. I feel healthy; athletically I’m moving great, (there are) no problems recovering and I’m ready to go.”
Randle, who averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game during his one season at Kentucky, also said he’d be fit to play in the Summer League next month.
So, where did the false reports come from? Randle thinks certain teams have an agenda and are trying to make the 19-year-old fall down the draft board and into their laps.
“I say only one team has made a big deal out of it,” Randle said, referring to his right foot. “I think a lot of it comes from maybe teams trying to use some motives for me to fall in the draft to them or certain teams may want me. I can’t worry about that.”
Even if the reports do turn out to be false, some in the media are already being influenced by the question marks surrounding Randle’s foot. One example of this is ESPN’s Chad Ford who has moved the 6’9″ forward all the way down to ten in his latest mock draft.