Injured Lakers rookie Randle cleared for non-contact drills

Lakers forward Julius Randle had his rookie season cut short on opening night.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, who is recovering from a broken leg, was cleared to participate in non-contact basketball activities Monday.

Randle, who was picked seventh in the 2014 NBA Draft, suffered the season-ending injury during the first game of the season.

"I don’t even think about. I don’t feel it," Randle told The Los Angeles Times. "No pain, no soreness, no nothing."

Lakers coach Byron Scott said Randle, who had surgery to repair the leg and another procedure to replace a screw in his right foot originally inserted after a high school injury, will hopefully start playing in a few months.

"This is all in preparation for getting him ready for summer league," Scott told the Times. "Each week, we’ll try to amp it up a little bit. By June, he should be running up and down the court."