Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle is expected to make a full recovery in 4-6 months after suffering a broken leg says famed orthopedic surgeon David Chao.
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On Tuesday night the Los Angeles Lakers opened their regular season though it wasn’t the box score that had them concerned but rather the loss of star rookie Julius Randle.
Going up for a layup in the final quarter, Randle could be seen adjusting his body in air before falling to the ground in severe pain. The Los Angeles Lakers medical staff rushed to his aid and almost instantly began putting Randle’s leg in an air cast.
The former Kentucky star had yet to even finish his first NBA regular season game and was already in jeopardy of missing his season.
Set to undergo surgery to repair the broken leg, Julius Randle is expected to make a full recovery in four-to-six months according to orthopedic surgeon David Chao who is a former NFL team physician and has 17-years of sideline experience.
That would push Julius Randle’s recovery time to at least February and possibly until April which understandably puts his chances of returning this season rather small. Add in that he’ll need to return to game shape and it seems as if Randle playing this year would be unlikely. Perhaps he could return late in the season just to get his feet wet if completely healthy, though the Los Angeles Lakers may prefer he take the rest of the year off so he has the entire offseason to rest and train his body.
A devastating blow to not only the Lakers but Randle himself as it pushes back of year of learning and maturing at the NBA level.
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