Julius Randle does not need foot surgery, his mother says


Julius Randle (30) celebrated with teammates during the NCAA tournament. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

Julius Randle and his mother fought back angrily after reports that the Kentucky star would require foot surgery that would damage his status in the NBA draft later this month.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Randle, previously projected as a No. 1 pick. would require precautionary surgery on his right ankle, which he broke during his senior year of high school. His mother, Carolyn Kyles, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the report is “a lie.”

“Everything with Julius is fine,” Kyles said. “There is no surgery scheduled whatsoever. Nothing. They don’t have a clue. They haven’t spoken to us. They haven’t spoken to Julius’ doctor. I know for a fact, because he is my son, there is no surgery scheduled, period, now or after.”

ESPN also reported that Randle’s ankle is “an issue.” Surgery would sideline him six-to-eight weeks.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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