Julius Randle

Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. gets starting nod over Julius Randle

Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. gets starting nod over Julius Randle

With the tipoff of Thursday’s Lakers vs. Clippers game came the official close of a battle for the starting power-forward position — for now.

Larry Nance Jr. started for the Lakers at power forward while Julius Randle watched from the bench. It was an unfamiliar position for Randle, who started in 73 of the 74 games in which he played last season.

Nance became Walton’s starting power forward of choice late in the preseason. For most of last season, Nance was a critical part of the Lakers’ very productive second unit. On Thursday, he started with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng and Brook Lopez.

“Somebody who plays great off of Brook Lopez, who brings energy every...

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