Lakers forward Julius Randle made one significant step to get ready for next week’s training camp. The Lakers reported that the third-year forward had all seven stitches removed from his right hand on Tuesday.
He received that treatment after suffering a cut on the webbing between his middle and ring fingers in the last week of August during an off-season workout. The Lakers cleared Randle for shooting drills shortly after since the injury happened to his non-dominant hand.
Randle’s ring and middle fingers will be what the Lakers called “buddy taped” for about a month while he’s playing. But Randle does not face any restrictions on his right hand entering training camp on Sept. 27.
Randle, whom the Lakers selected No. 7 overall in the 2014 NBA draft, played only one game his rookie year before suffering a season-ending right leg injury. Last season, Randle led his sophomore class with 34 double doubles (11.3 points, 10.2 rebounds). Lakers coach Luke Walton recently provided positive reviews on Randle’s summer-long efforts to improve his jump shot.