NBA Rumors: Julius Randle Lakers’ key to success, D’Angelo Russell leadership, Larry Nance Jr. tandem

NBA Rumors: Julius Randle Lakers’ key to success, D’Angelo Russell leadership, Larry Nance Jr. tandem

Coach Luke Walton hasn’t made any commitments yet regarding the team’s starters, but D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle are already assuming leadership roles this early.

The Lakers are coming off their worst franchise record, and the second worse during the previous season, and will be without their superstar Kobe Bryant for the first time since his retirement. Eyes are focused on who among the Lakers roster is ready to carry on Bryant’s role.

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Much has been said regarding D’Angelo Russell, among the team’s young talents, and his emerging leadership and influence. But he believes that everyone in the team has the capacity to be the next star.

In fact, he mentioned Julius Randle Lakers teammate as a key ingredient to their success.

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According to a report by Lakers Nation D’Angelo Russell said, I preach to Julius every day, man. It starts with him.”

“Larry Nance is going to bring it. He’s known for that. But it starts with Julius. When Julius brought his energy, everybody’s energy and intensity went up, including myself. I want it to be known that it starts with him.”

NBA rumors regard Julius Randle Lakers leadership to be vital, and he’s been working on his game to achieve versatility, as well as funneling his intensity.

It’s not sure if he’ll be the starting forward this season, or how he’ll share assignments with Larry Nance, but it doesn’t seem to affect their outlooks anyhow, NBA rumors conject.

Maybe Julius Randle and Larry Nance can play simultaneously, but the call for leadership may be served as a starter or off the bench.

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As a further sign of leadership and maturity Larry Nance and Julius Randle Lakers future role doesn’t seem to be something that breeds faction, and they only want to win.

“It doesn’t matter who’s on the floor with you. As long as we’re all playing together, playing hard and making the right plays, it’s easy.” Julius Randle said.

“He’s gifted at his size and ability. He brings the intensity level,” D’Angelo Russell said about Randle in a report by OC Register.

“Those defenders have to step up their level of play, or else they’ll be dominated. On the offensive end, he sets hard screens, is finishing and rebounding. He makes it easier for everybody.”

NBA rumors circulate if Julius Randle will be able to step up to the team’s demands, and continue to spark the Lakers tempo.

“It’s not the easiest thing in the world to play crazy hard all the time,” Randle said in a report by the LA Times.

“It takes a toll, but it’s what the team needs and that’s what everybody has to do in order to win. So to be that catalyst, the leader, from that perspective, it’s just what I have to do.”

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