Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Thursday that Randle, who broke his leg in that first game, has lost 18 pounds since November, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. He was listed at 250 pounds entering the 2014-15 season.
One concern about Randle a year ago at this time was that his body fat percentage was too high. That appears to have been addressed despite the fact his broken leg cost him practically the entire season.
Randle was the Lakers' first-round pick a year. His goal is to be 100 percent entering training camp.
Randle has been rehabbing his broken leg, which he said was progressing well and he has gained confidence that he can make a full recovery.
"I'm a pretty strong-minded person," he said.
Along with playing in the Summer League, Randle's main goal is to be 100 percent healthy for next season's training camp.
"I feel great," he said. "I have my [daily] regimen. Starting to ramp it up a little bit."
Randle has been sidelined since breaking his leg during his first NBA game on opening night. Randle was the seventh overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft. He is targeting a return to action during Summer League play.
Randle said he is no longer experiencing pain in his surgically-repaired leg and he will begin traveling with the team.
"I feel fine. I've been eating the right stuff, keeping my weight down," he said.
Lakers coach Byron Scott said that Randle would "definitely" return in time for Summer League, according to L.A. Daily News beat writer Mark Medina.
A team spokesman later backtracked slightly from Scott's statement, telling Medina that it was more accurate to say that the team is "optimistic"
Randle has been sidelined since suffering a fractured tibia in his NBA debut in the season opener against the Rockets. He will not return this season due to the tibia injury.
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