Julius Randle: 'My foot is fine,' but he'd OK surgery if his team requested it

June 13, 2014 

Kentucky's Julius Randle, who worked out for the Boston Celtics on Friday, reiterated to the media there that he doesn't think his right foot will need surgery after the NBA Draft.

"My foot is fine," Randle said, according to a report by ESPN. "Everybody has their opinion on what they should do. But I'm pain-free. No pain before, during or after. I'm fine."

Randle was the subject of much speculation Thursday after Yahoo Sports reported that its sources said he would need surgery to replace a pin that was inserted after he broke the foot during high school.

"It's never been considered," Randle said Friday. "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."

However, Randle did say that if the team that drafts him insists on surgery, he would listen to them.

"It won't be an issue," Randle said, according to the Boston Globe. "Whether a team wants me to have surgery or not, it's a minor injury in the first place that I suffered in high school. The longest you are out is 12 weeks or something like that. I'd probably miss summer league or something like that, but nobody said they want me to have surgery."

Randle was on his own during his workout Friday, which followed visits earlier in the week with the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers.

"Less risk of injury," Randle told ESPN. "There's no me being afraid of competing. I think guys know that competing is what I do."

Celtics Coach Brad Stevens told ESPN that it can actually be tougher on a player to go through a workout on their own.

"I think it's harder for the player because everybody is just sitting around watching one guy instead of six, (when in a group) at least there's somebody else out there with you," Stevens said. "But I thought he did a good job. ... Obviously, a big strong guy, is very, very quick, light on his feet. By the time it's all said and done, I think he's going to have NBA three-point range. I think he's going to be a really good player, obviously. I'm not telling anybody anything they don't know."

Stevens also said that Randle got full clearance from the Celtics' team doctors and showed no signs of any issues with his right foot during the workout.

Randle told ESPN that he had a brief chat with fellow former Wildcat Rajon Rondo.

"He just told me to be myself, to enjoy the process," Randle said. "A 19-year-old kid going through this, it can be a lot. But just to really enjoy the process and have fun with it and don't let outside distractions take away from the joy of the process. That's what I've been trying to do, that's what my family has told me to do. That's what I'm going to continue to do."

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