Most everyone is expecting second-year forward Anthony Randolph to be out for an extended period of time.
Coach Don Nelson said though it sounded like good news, that the CT scan on Randolph’s sprained left ankle showed no acute fracture, it didn’t make any difference. Whether a fracture or a bad sprain, Randolph is on the shelf for a while. At least a month, I’m thinking.
The consensus was that Randolph was beginning to come into his own (heard this before, huh?). But the silver lining?
TURIAF: “I think now is the time for him to sit down and watch film and to get better even though he’s not playing the game of basketball. I think that may be the one thing he was somewhat lacking … just watching the game by himself with no coaches around him. And he’s going to have plenty of time to do that now.”
The opportunity to sit and watch the game could/should help Randolph’s cerebral game, which most will agree is his biggest shortcoming. I think he should take the Turiaf approach and, if possible given his injury, sit on the bench every game he is out, not in the training room watching it on TV. Go on the road trips, too. He needs to be a student preparing for Finals over the next few weeks or so.
Ask a lot of questions. Watch PFs on other teams. Watch the game so intently he can point out stuff to his playing teammates. He is certainly going to have some study time.
NELSON: “He’s got a lot of swelling and he’s in a lot of pain, so it will be a while before we get him back.”