This is just one of those freak injuries that become all the more frustrating when they happen to a young player early in the season. It was hard not to have bad flashbacks to Greg Oden while watching Randle sit under the basket, unable to get up.

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The good news is that Randle should be able to return at some point this season, and the Lakers are going to desperately miss the youth and quickness he figured to bring to the front court. The bad news is that Randle will likely be returning to a very, very bad basketball team, but only if Kobe Bryant hasn't already killed them all of his teammates by then.