Julius Randle Intervew Transcript After The Draft
Julius RandleJames Young Intervew Transcript After The Draft
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
THE MODERATOR: Julius, if you'd just start opening statements about being drafted by the Lakers, please.
JULIUS RANDLE: Yeah, I couldn't be more blessed and fortunate to go to an organization like Los Angeles. To be able to learn from those guys. They've had so much history and so much success in the past, and to be able to go to an organization like that, who's had amazing players in the past and learn from a guy like Kobe?? I mean, I couldn't be more happy. This is truly a blessing for me.
Q. You mentioned Kobe, what's it going to be like now being able to learn from him and compete alongside of him?
JULIUS RANDLE: I'm going to learn a lot. He may get tired of me because I'm going to be bugging him learning, trying to learn stuff from him. So I'm going to learn a lot from him.
But I think it's more than him. He was blessed to be in an organization like the Lakers as well. Talent alone, his work ethic alone got him there, but I think the Lakers was the right fit, the right organization for me to go to.
Q. Kobe Bryant is known to kind of demand a lot from his teammates.
JULIUS RANDLE: Yeah.
Q. Are you ready for that kind of commitment, and what are you going to bring to the Lakers? They have a lot of empty spots.
JULIUS RANDLE: I demand a lot from my teammates as well, holding each other accountable, putting extra work in was what I had to do at Kentucky. It was what I demanded of my teammates, and that's what we did, and that's why we were successful.
I think I bring a lot to the Lakers as far as a skill set being able to shoot the ball, handle the ball, of course my post?game. But I think I bring a lot to L.A. for sure.
Q. Talk more about your post game and how that can be an advantage with the lack of post play going on in the league right now?
JULIUS RANDLE: I think it can be a huge advantage. A lot of the league is going to small ball, but the good thing about me, I'm interchangeable. I can play small ball because I can guard multiple positions because I really can move.
But you know, I think it's going to be an advantage for me to be able to take a smaller guy inside but also take a bigger guy on the outside.
Q. It's certainly an honor to be drafted by any of these franchises, being in Los Angeles with the endorsements it brings, did that cross your mind? Is that something your agent spoke about, even informally? It seems like you're natural for that market.
JULIUS RANDLE: It may be a national market. I'm not worried about endorsements though. Lakers, that's about championships. That's what I want to bring.
I'm nothing other than a winner. I think that's my biggest attribute and my biggest quality I can bring to a team. The endorsements and all that stuff will come with it.
Q. We'll get there.
JULIUS RANDLE: I'm not worried about it.
Q. There was sort of an eruption there with you and your family at the table. What was that moment like? I know you have been waiting a long time.
JULIUS RANDLE: We're just ecstatic. All the hard work that's been put in, and for this to finally happen, what can I really say?
I'm blessed to be in an organization like this. Really just speechless, honestly.
Q. What did she say to you?
JULIUS RANDLE: She was just happy. She couldn't really say anything. She was just screaming.
Q. There was a report that came out about your foot and that it might have required surgery. Obviously, turned out not to be true. You refuted it from the very start. How is it a balance, though, if you would have been drafted higher, you go to a worse team, but you get drafted lower and you end up with an organization like the Lakers. Sort of what's the balance there?
JULIUS RANDLE: I mean, it's sort of a balance, I guess. I really wasn't worried about it. Whatever organization or team I went to, I would be blessed to go to. That's where God wanted me to be. But happily, it's in L.A.
Q. Are you fully healthy now? Do you expect to be able to play in Summer League for the Lakers?
JULIUS RANDLE: I expect to, but different doctors have different opinions. So you really never know. But as far as the start of the season, that's what I'm worried about. I mean, I'll be there.
Q. Julius, you're obviously working toward this since getting to Kentucky. How do you think it prepared you for this?
JULIUS RANDLE: It prepared me for a lot. Kentucky's basketball is the only thing Kentucky knows. We have horse racing and stuff, but they care about basketball.
When you have a place that sells out 24,000 a game, name another place that does that. L.A., what do they care about? They don't have a football team. They have hockey, the Kings, or whatever, but L.A., they won a championship. The Lakers?? when you think of L.A., you think of the Lakers. That is no disrespect to the hockey team. You just won a Stanley Cup. That's pretty ridiculous. That's pretty ridiculous. A Stanley Cup is ridiculous. So congrats to them.
But the city of L.A., you got Magic, all those guys, Kobe, that's what you think of. You think of the Lakers, and that's what I'm really excited to go to.
Q. Julius, congratulations. You were in this building 14 months ago playing in the Jordan Brand Classic. Compare and contrast your feelings being a high school student playing here and now being selected for the NBA Draft.
JULIUS RANDLE: It's an amazing feeling. I also had a game here in Barclays when I played versus Providence. So it's a totally different feeling, three different events, and luckily each time it's been a really good time here.
This draft has been really good for me as well.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORKTHE MODERATOR: James, if you could just start with an opening statement about being drafted by Boston, please.
JAMES YOUNG: I'm very excited to be drafted by this organization, and I can't wait to get started. It's been a long time coming, and like I said, I'm very excited.
Q. James, Marcus is going with you to the Boston Celtics. You guys as a backcourt tandem, talk about what you'll bring to the Celtics and playing with Rajon Rondo and Kelly Olynyk.
JAMES YOUNG: I feel like attacking the basket and getting open shots and creating for others really.
Me and Marcus, I feel like we really work together in the backcourt.
Q. Do you and Marcus have any history together?
JAMES YOUNG: Not at all.
Q. Are you going to build some?
JAMES YOUNG: Definitely. We can always build a relationship and definitely just start from there.
Q. James, talk about what you know about the rich history of the Celtics organization, if any.
JAMES YOUNG: I really don't know that much about it, but I got to start doing my history now, I guess.
Q. James, sort of along those lines, you and Julius go to the two most storied franchises in the NBA. He was giddy about his landing spot. I assume you are as well. What did you say with Calipari? He said he was thrilled about where Julius landed.
JAMES YOUNG: I'm really excited, like I said. Cal said he had a feeling I was coming up soon. When I got called, it was just a big smile on both our faces. I came a long way, and Cal's been there for me.
Q. What do you make of that, you and Julius both ending up in maybe nontraditional spots for?? you might go to a loser right away, and now you have a chance to go to a franchise and win.
JAMES YOUNG: Like I said, I'm very excited. He's doing well going to the Lakers, and I feel like I'm going to do well going to the Celtics. I'm pretty sure we'll cross paths soon.
Q. On a lighter note, the last time you were here at the Barclays Center, you were sitting next to a lovely recording artist by the name of Rihanna. Are you going to invite her to one of your Celtic games or invite her when you come to the Barclays Center?
JAMES YOUNG: Yeah, I mean, of course I will. Who wouldn't? If she wants to come, then yeah, I definitely would.
Q. Did you speak with her at all?
JAMES YOUNG: I got to talk to her a little bit. She's a cool person, a sweet lady, and I kind of met her at halftime, too. She's really nice.
Q. Just wanted to talk about what do you think you can bring to the Celtics team? Have you actually watched the team this upcoming season, too?
JAMES YOUNG: Yeah, I watched a little bit of them. Definitely a lot of energy to the team on the offensive side. Attack the basket and really just put a lot of points on the board. That's what I'm there for. So really just be an all around player and look for open guys.
Q. How did you choose Roc Sports as your agent? There are a lot of agents out there.
JAMES YOUNG: They were talking to my dad for a little bit, but when I sat down and talked to them, it was more of a family?based thing instead of just business. I'm a big family guy. Once dad brought that up, he came to me, and I definitely had to go with them. Going with Jay?Z but still family based means a lot.
Q. What kind of relationship do you already have with Rajon Rondo, if any? And how well do you know any of the guys you're about to play with?
JAMES YOUNG: I haven't really talked to Rajon, and I have a relationship with probably nobody on the team.
Me and Marcus, we roomed together at the Combine a little bit. So me and him have a little connection.
Q. That being said, what can the guys already on the roster expect from you as a teammate?
JAMES YOUNG: A guy that's going to be confident, learn from the veteran guys, and definitely just?? definitely, like I said, just learn really, have them show me the ways and just be a part of the team, be a great teammate.
Q. Tell me what do you know about Brad Stevens, and also how do you feel about being able to grow with a new coaching staff in Boston as you start your career?
JAMES YOUNG: Like I said, I don't really know much about the Celtics. I just got to start doing my research tonight. Yeah, that's basically it.
Q. The Celtics just came off a great era with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen. Now they're forming sort of the next generation with Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. How does that feel with the torch being passed to you young guys?
JAMES YOUNG: Just feel like we got to keep going along with the energy and toughness that Boston has. Just going along with it. I feel like we can be a very good team. I feel like, if we just connect together, we can be real good.