Lakers Rookie Julius Randle Suffers Fractured Tibia in NBA Debut

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Lakers rookie Julius Randle suffered a fractured right tibia Tuesday during the fourth quarter of his NBA debut. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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The Lakers lost more than their season opener at Staples Center on Tuesday night, as rookie power forward suffered a fractured right tibia in the fourth quarter.

Julius Randle was fitted with an air cast and was wheeled off the court on a stretcher and was later transported to a local hospital. The team announced he could undergo surgery Wednesday, but a timetable for his return was not immediately known.

The injury occurred with 6:46 left in the game, slightly after a tussle between former teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.

Howard was called for a flagrant foul, elbowing Bryant — both received technical fouls as Bryant taunted Howard yelling “You’re soft,” and “Try me.”

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