A fan kept yelling the same thing, over and over, almost mournfully.
Bryant sat out the
By the end of it, though, another fan was screaming something in a more upbeat tone: "He's only 19, baby? Nineteen!"
That would be praise for
Randle had 17 points, eight rebounds and a number of coast-to-coast runs with the ball.
Left-handed power forward? Check. Willing to push the pace off a rebound? Check. Two-time
At the very least, the seventh pick in the draft is an entertaining quote.
"I just told my mama the other day, I said, 'I don't want to just be a post player,'" Randle said. "I remember I was always taller than everybody when I was younger. People used to call me, like, 'Oh, he's going to be the next
On one of his end-to-end voyages, Randle took the rebound, dribbled downcourt … kept dribbling … and finished with a layup over Portland forward Victor Claver. Another time he jumped up to steal
How has Randle seemingly improved from his first several exhibitions, when he looked more tentative than anything?
"Besides the fact that we get on him every single day about the little things?" Lakers Coach
About those little things…
"Little things, big things, everything," Randle said, adding quickly, "Nah, I'm just messing with you."
He made seven of 10 shots, including two long-range jumpers in the fourth quarter, one of them a bank over
Randle was shooting only 39.1% before Wednesday, his outside touch not clicking the first six exhibition games.
"I've worked too hard on it, put too much time in it so I'm just not going to abandon it," he said. "If I get the same shot, I'm going to keep taking the same shot until I get extremely confident and consistent with it."
Rookie Jordan Clarkson (strained calf) played for the first time in almost two weeks, scoring six points in 15 minutes.
Bryant now sitting
Bryant finished exhibition play with averages of 19 points, four assists, three rebounds and 1.7 steals in 26.7 minutes. Also of note was his low 39.6% shooting.
He will skip Friday's finale against Sacramento in Las Vegas. The Lakers begin the regular season Tuesday against Houston.