Julius Randle's NBA debut went about as poorly as possible. The former Kentucky star, playing in his first league game for the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night, broke his right leg midway through the fourth quarter in a 108-90 loss to the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.
The Lakers said the initial diagnosis by the team doctors is a broken tibia.
Randle, who starred at Kentucky in 2013-14, will have to miss significant time. The forward's college coach, John Calipari, is sickened by the injury.
">@J30_RANDLE but I know he's going to come back from this better than ever. I'm praying for you, kid. Hang in there.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari)
Feel absolutely sick for @J30_RANDLE but I know he's going to come back from this better than ever. I'm praying for you, kid. Hang in there.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 29, 2014
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Randle, 19, scored two points on 1-for-3 shooting in 14 minutes before injuring his leg on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter.
"I feel extremely bad for him," Lakers' coach Byron Scott said following the game. "He was kind of crying, and I just told him to stay strong and that it's going to make him a better basketball player."