The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Tuesday that Julius Randle has suffered a laceration to his right hand. The third-year forward will be re-evaluated in 14 days. The injury was suffered during practice, according to Serena Winters:
LAL injury: Julius Randle laceration to his right hand during practice yesterday. 7 stitches. To be re-evaluated in approx. 14 days.
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) August 30, 2016
Fortunately, it does not appear that Randle’s injury is too significant. Obviously, it’s a bit of a blow to a player who has many flaws to work on (including finishing with his now injured right hand.)
However, two weeks is not a large amount of time and Randle should be back in time for training camp.
Randle has been a topic of debate this offseason especially due to the emergence of Larry Nance, Jr. Once viewed as the second most high-potential player on the Lakers, Randle is now viewed as a boom-or-bust prospect. In essence, the power forward cannot lose much time on the court while he is in the midst of proving himself.
Luckily, this injury will not hurt Julius Randle much. He should be back in no time to fight for the starting job and to try to prove his doubters wrong.