Lakers' Randle has surgery, likely out for year

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Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds his head as he is taken off the court on a stretcher, October 28, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Randle left the game against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter with an injury to his right leg. The initial diagnosis by team doctors at the arena is a fractured tibia. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Julius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers holds his head as he is wheeled away in a stretcher, October 28, 2014 against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The rookie forward Randle, 19, reportedly suffered a broken leg during his NBA debut against the Rockets. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers sits against the basket as he is tended to after breaking his leg in the second half against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Rockets won 108-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Xavier Henry (L) of the Los Angeles Lakers comforts teammate Julius Randle as he is wheeled away in a stretcher, October 28, 2014 against the Houston Rockets, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The rookie forward Randle, 19, reportedly suffered a broken leg during his NBA debut against the Rockets. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant (L) the Los Angeles Lakers comforts teammate Julius Randle as he is wheeled away on a stretcher, October 28, 2014 against the Houston Rockets, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The rookie forward Randle, 19, reportedly suffered a broken leg during his NBA debut against the Rockets. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, sits on on a stretcher after Randle injured himself on a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, sits on on a stretcher as head coach Byron Scott, left, looks on along with forward Jordan Hill after Randle injured himself on a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, sits on on a stretcher after Randle injured himself on a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, sits on on a stretcher after Randle injured himself on a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, grimaces as he passes the ball as Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black, left, and forward Donatas Motiejunas, of Lithuania, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. Randle had to be taken off the court on a stretcher after the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant sits on the bench after forward Julius Randle was injured during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, grimaces as passes as Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black, left, and forward Donatas Motiejunas, of Lithuania, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. Randle had to be taken off the court on a stretcher after the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, grimaces as he passes the ball as Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black, left, and forward Donatas Motiejunas, of Lithuania, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. Randle had to be taken off the court on a stretcher after the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against the Houston Rockets on October 28, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken right leg.

The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky broke his leg in the fourth quarter of his NBA debut in Los Angeles' season-opening loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Randle was strapped to a wheeled stretcher and taken off the Staples Center court after colliding with two Rockets and landing awkwardly with 6:46 to play.

Before Wednesday's game at Phoenix, the Lakers announced that Randle's injury was just as serious as it appeared.

Randle's surgery was performed by Dr. Donald Wiss at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is expected to make a full recovery, but the Lakers anticipate he won't play this season.

"It is heartbreaking," Lakers coach Byron Scott said after Tuesday's loss. "I saw him all summer and saw the work he was putting in. I saw the progression he was making, and the steps he was taking to get better. His first game, and he goes down."

The 19-year-old power forward was the SEC's top freshman while helping Kentucky to reach the NCAA championship game last season. He was thrilled to be drafted by his favorite childhood team to play alongside Kobe Bryant, one of his idols.

Bryant consoled Randle on the court and after the game in the Lakers' locker room. Bryant made his own return Tuesday after missing the 2013 playoffs and all but six games last season with two major injuries.

"Even for myself, being a veteran, seeing someone going through something like this is tough," Bryant said. "But that's what we're here for. We're here to be his teammates and help him through it, take it day by day. ... He was progressing just fine. He was improving leaps and bounds."

After Randle recovered from a broken right foot late in his high-school career in the Dallas area, he appeared to be a budding star while averaging 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a freshman at Kentucky. He had 24 games with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds, the most in the nation and the second-most by a freshman in Division I history.

Randle also won fans in Los Angeles for his humble approach to his NBA career and his devotion to his mother, Carolyn Kyles. He chose No. 30 for his uniform because his mother wore it for her college team.

Randle and Steve Nash already have been ruled out for the season by the Lakers, who led the NBA with 319 man-games lost to injury last year during their worst season in a half-century.

Three other Lakers - Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly and Nick Young - also missed their opener with injuries. That means the Lakers already are guaranteed to miss 166 games due to injury this season before they play their second game Wednesday night at Phoenix.

Young is expected to be out until December after surgery on a torn thumb ligament, but Ellington and Kelly could be healthy soon.

Randle played one more game in what was supposed to be his rookie season than Blake Griffin, another high-profile power forward chosen with a high draft pick by a Los Angeles team. Griffin missed the entire 2009-10 season with the Clippers after breaking his left kneecap in their final preseason game while landing after a dunk.
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