With Kobe Bryant going out in absolute style in his final game with the Los Angeles Lakers, the reigns are now given to the younger players to take control and get the Lakers back to glory — or at least the playoffs.
“I’ll come back better than I can imagine next year,” Randle said. “There’s a lot of areas in my game I can work on. I’ll leave it up to myself to get better in those areas this summer.”
There’s a boat load of things Randle will need to hone in his second full season on the court. The 2015-16 was ultimately his rookie year because he missed all of his actual first season due to injury.
The reason he’s come off as inexperienced is because he is just that. He is raw. And now that he has a full year under his belt, Randle can work on several different specifics coming up. Most notably his shooting accuracy and his defense.
He needs to shoot better than 35 percent each month and has to help the Lakers lock it down on defense. Those two things might seem easy to hone on the outside, but when there’s no more excuses to not deliver Randle — and the rest — will really need to reach their potential sooner.