Lakers’ Julius Randle to watch opponents up close on next week’s trip

first_imgThe Lakers’ forward has become more concerned surrounding the minimal progress on his swollen left knee. Yet, he hardly knows what to expect when he receives a CT scan on Monday. Neither do the Lakers. “He’s progressing, but he’s just (healing) so slow and they don’t understand why,” Scott said, referring to the Lakers’ training staff. “He still has swelling and still has pain in there.” Young missed Sunday’s game against Atlanta at Staples Center, marking the 10th consecutive contest he sat out because of his latest injury. He also will not travel with the Lakers for Monday’s game in Golden State. Will Young’s latest medical exam determine if he will return at all this season?“I think so,” Scott said. “We’ll go from there and formulate a game plan if there is a chance he returns. If not, we’ll just try to get him as much rest and treatment as possible.” Young has averaged 13.4 points on a career-low 36.6-percent shooting clip, a mark that dipped in January (32.2 percent) and February (32.4 percent). Lineup switchScott plans to start Lakers guard Jeremy Lin over rookie Jordan Clarkson for the last 10 games of the season for evaluation purposes. Scott also plans to start Ryan Kelly at power forward at some point after spending most of the season playing at small forward. “I don’t think it’s a wasted year,” Scott said. “It’s a wasted year as far as him not being able to play on a consistent basis. But he still can learn by watching and observing what players are doing, especially guys he will be guarding in the near future. It will be good to watch them play and learn as much as he can from them.” The Lakers cleared Randle last week to rehab his leg in weight-bearing exercises. He also has completed light shooting sessions. Scott said Randle also will travel with the Lakers next week, including stops in Oklahoma City (March 24), Minnesota (March 25), Toronto (March 27), Brooklyn (March 29) and Philadelphia (March 30). “You could see he was a pretty sharp kid, had a good basketball IQ, picked things up quickly and asked very good questions,” Scott said of Randle during training camp. “I don’t think the learning curve will take a long time. It’s just a matter of getting back into the swing of things.” Young updateThe stoic expression on Nick Young’s face told the whole story. In an alternate universe, Julius Randle could have prepared this week to help the University of Kentucky maintain its undefeated streak entering the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But Randle left following his freshman year for understandable reasons after posting a nation-leading 40 double-doubles. But five months after the Lakers selected him with the seventh overall draft pick, Randle suffered a season-ending right leg injury in the 2014-15 season opener.“This year would have been great for him to get as much playing time as possible,” Scott said of Randle. “It’s kind of a wasted year for him.”Scott clarified moments later. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more