The 2016-2017 NBA regular season is officially over which means teams are either preparing for the playoffs or evaluating their rosters for next season. The Los Angeles Lakers finished the year with a 26-56 record and have plenty of work to do as an organization ahead of the offseason.
With the end of the season comes exit interviews and players on the team get to lay out their thoughts and feelings about the season and where the franchise is headed. According to Mike Trudell of Lakers, Julius Randle stated during his interview that he believes the groundwork for a plan is in place:
Randle was excited by his meeting with Johnson, Pelinka and Walton, saying, “I think there’s a clear vision of where we want to go and what we want to do.”
Randle’s comments are a breath of fresh air for a franchise that has struggled in recent years to pave a path for where they want to go. The new front office regime led by President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson seems to be serious about allowing their young talent to develop naturally, a much-needed approach after being spurned by star free agents. The third-year forward figures to be a part of the team’s future as he showed signs of growth over the course of the season.
After an inconsistent sophomore year, Randle began the season looking rejuvenated and in much better shape. He finished the year averaging 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 74 appearances. Randle looked more comfortable handling the basketball and making plays for his teammates, an important step toward realizing his full potential as a player. With another summer to work on his game, it will be exciting to see if the team’s young forward can make another leap.