Lakers news: Julius Randle says Andrew Bogut, Brook Lopez bring ‘different physicality’ to the team
The Los Angeles Lakers were finally able to get a taste of what it’ll be like to have both Andrew Bogut and Brook Lopez ready to contribute to the team.
Both Bogut and Lopez were able to participate fully in practice on Tuesday and their presence didn’t go unnoticed to fourth-year forward Julius Randle. Following the conclusion of practice at the team’s facility, Randle talked about what the veteran center duo brought to the practice floor.
“A lot of physicality,” Randle said of what Bogut and Lopez brought to practice. “They’re obviously very smart players who know how to play the game. Very skilled. Brought a different physicality.”
Although both Bogut and Lopez are now full participants in practice along with rookie Josh Hart, it remains to be seen when they make their debuts in purple and gold. The team has four more preseason games before getting the regular season underway on Oct. 19 against the division rival L.A. Clippers.
It’ll be interesting to see the kind of dynamic the addition of these two centers brings to the table for the Lakers. Lopez can help stretch the floor while Bogut provides a boost defensively as a rim protector.
On Wednesday, the Lakers will get back to work with the team facing the Denver Nuggets for a second straight game. This time the game will be played in Ontario, California, not far from Lonzo Ball’s hometown of Chino Hills, at Citizens Business Bank Arena.