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Ex-Cat Randle taking Calipari's advice to heart during rehab

Former Kentucky star Julius Randle made the "Y" in the "Kentucky" cheer during a timeout in the Wildcats' game against North Carolina.
Former Kentucky star Julius Randle made the "Y" in the "Kentucky" cheer during a timeout in the Wildcats' game against North Carolina. Herald-Leader

Former University of Kentucky standout Julius Randle, who returned to Rupp Arena last weekend and formed the "Y" during UK's victory over North Carolina, said he received some advice from Wildcats Coach John Calipari during his stop in Lexington.

Randle, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers last June, has had to watch his rookie year from the sideline after breaking his right leg in the season opener.

"I talk to Coach (Calipari) all the time," Randle told NBA.com on Wednesday. "(He said) just to stay patient with it. He knows I'll come back stronger. But he also says, 'Don't use this time as a vacation or whatever you want to call it. Use this time to learn and grow as a player. You know what you need to work on to prepare for the next season. Use that as preparation.'"

Randle, who is expected to miss the entire season, has been off crutches for about a week, according to the NBA.com report.

"The doctor said, 'Go at your own pace,'" Randle said. "My pace was to get rid of them immediately."

Randle told NBA.com he has been working out on an anti-gravity treadmill trying to regain leg strength. He's also trying to follow Calipari's advice.

"There are things that I know I need to work on, and (I'm) just watching how guys take care of their body throughout the course of a season, stuff like that," Randle said. "It's little things that I know will help me next year for sure."

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