Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Julius Randle Reiterates He Doesn’t Need Foot Surgery
One day after both Julius Randle and his Godfather said Randle didn’t need foot surgery, the former Kentucky star reiterated his position after a workout with the Celtics.
“It’s never been considered,” the 6-foot-9 Randle said according to Boston.com. “I’ve met with my own doctor and talked to specialists, some of the best doctors in the world and they’ve said they wouldn’t do anything with it. I probably wouldn’t be working out if I needed surgery.”
He added that nobody has asked him to have surgery on the right foot he initially injured in high school.
“It won’t be an issue,” Randle said. “Whether a team wants me to have surgery or not, it’s a minor injury in the first place that I suffered in high school. The longest you are out is 12 weeks or something like that [with the surgery]. I’d probably miss summer league or something like that, but nobody said they want me to have surgery.”
Jeff Webster, Randle’s Godfather, told SNY.tv on Thursday that Randle didn’t need surgery and Randle echoed those comments on Twitter.
Yahoo! Sports, citing sources, initially reported Randle would “likely” need surgery and could miss rookie summer league in July.
Randle is projected as the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.
Meantime, Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised Randle after Friday’s workout.
“He looked good,” Stevens said, according to Boston.com. “Obviously a big, strong guy. He is very quick, he’s light on his feet. I think by the time it’s all said and done, he’s going to have NBA 3-point range. I think he’s going to be a really good player.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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