therealdeal wrote:Again, I'm not even comparing their type of play or anything about their basketball ability. I'm just saying that Randle, from everything I've seen, is probably impossible to guard in a vacuum one-on-one. Obviously this is a team game and it'll hardly ever be one-on-one exactly, but watching him get actively triple-teamed in Summer League kind of cemented that in my head. Who else was getting covered like that in Summer League? Honestly I don't know.
He's got so much work to do on his game. He needs a jump shot. He needs to stay focused defensively. He needs to obviously get in great shape again because he was gassed quickly in the Summer League games. He needs to work on not just being active on the glass, but boxing out and getting to the right spots on the floor. He needs to work on his right hand dribbling, shooting, passing, etc.
He's a long, long way from where he can get. My ONLY comparison here is that his body type and athleticism looks unique and extremely difficult to match-up against. I'm already excited to see how he looks in pre-season and in training camp. I'd love for him to take the starting job from Boozer, but he's got to earn it.
Well, the one thing comparison that I DID want to make was the way Randle and Lebron drive to the hoop, not necessarily how they finish, as Lebron is obviously the superior leaper, but in terms of strength and speed. When they put the ball on the floor, it's hard to stop these guys without throwing multiple players at them.
It wasn't awhile ago when Lebron entered the league that everyone was harping Lebron for his jumper. I for sure remember Lebron not being the type of jump shooter he is today. He was terrible at free throws, outside shots, even though the mechanics were there.
Again, like you, I'm not saying that's what Randle will be, but our hopes is that Randle can improve his game, and build his own brand of superstar ball, growing up a Laker.