The Los Angeles Lakers took another his Tuesday night (Oct. 28), when rookie forward Julius Randle broke his right leg during the team’s 108-90 loss to the Houston Rockets in their season opener.
The initial diagnosis by team doctors at Staples Center was a broken tibia.
“It is heartbreaking, because I saw him all summer,” coach Byron Scott said after the game, according to ESPN. “I saw the work that he was putting in. I saw the progression that he was making, the steps that he was taking to get better. And his first game, he goes down. I don’t think anybody in that locker room is happy about the way we played, but we’re even more saddened about the fact that we lost one of our young guys.”
The 19-year-old was driving to the basket in the fourth quarter when his right foot buckled and he collapsed on the court. He held his leg for several minutes while medical officials tended to him.
The Lakers drafted Randle in June with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, out of Kentucky.