Julius Randle, he of the questionable right foot, worked out for the Celtics on Friday and once again stressed that his foot is pain-free.
Per an ESPN.com report, Randle told reporters: “My foot is fine. Everybody has their opinion on what they should do. But I’m pain-free. No pain before, during, or after. I’m fine.”
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Despite reports Thursday, spearheaded by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, that indicated Randle’s foot would likely require surgery, the lottery-projected prospect insisted that is not the case.
“[Surgery has] never been considered,” Randle said. “I’ve met with my own doctor and talked to specialists, some of the best doctors in the world, and they said they wouldn’t do anything with it. ”
Julius Randle: "I wouldn't be working out if I needed surgery." Added, "Nobody has said that I needed surgery."
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Randle broke his foot during his senior season of high school, and a screw was inserted to aid in the healing process. The concerns surround the screw, which the previous reports suggest must be replaced in order for the foot to heal correctly. While a procedure would knock Randle out of next month’s summer league, he would almost certainly be ready by training camp.
While it sounds as though Randle is adamant that he’ll avoid surgery, it would seemingly be difficult to convince a team of the same if their medical assessments suggest otherwise. Whichever team selects Randle on June 26 will likely have the final say in what happens.
For what it’s worth, though, Randle’s mother took her son’s side.
“Everything with Julius is fine,” Carolyn Kyles told The Courier-Journal. “There is no surgery scheduled whatsoever. Nothing. They don’t have a clue. They haven’t spoken to us. They haven’t spoken to Julius’ doctor. I know for a fact, because he is my son, there is no surgery scheduled, period, now or after.”
There you have it.