There are murmurs, nothing serious, because it's only July and this is the NBA's summer league, not the last 30 games of the regular season.
How could he be? He missed more than three months of competitive basketball. Spent more time with foot specialists than basketball coaches. Didn't even sign with the Lakers until a few days ago because they were temporarily conserving money to offer more to Carmelo Anthony (he said no thanks) and Pau Gasol (him too).
But Randle's lack of basketball activity since the NCAA championship also leads to different murmuring, whispering, buzzing.
Just wait until he's in shape, they say. And has a chance to study the offense. And settles in the city of Los Angeles.
Because of minor concerns about his right foot, which ended up not needing follow-up surgery from a procedure done while he was in high school, Randle barely even played two-on-two when the Lakers worked him out last month. He primarily went one-on-one against assistant coaches Mark Madsen or Larry Lewis.
It was … feisty. It was the first thing Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak mentioned when the team formally introduced Randle a few days after drafting him.
Madsen, who played nine years in the NBA, three with the Lakers as a scrappy, sometimes physical backup, offered a smile when asked about it this week.
"I know what it's like to sit there and try to guard him one-on-one" he said. "You can't. Julius is a matchup nightmare for people."
He had four fouls in 18 minutes while trying to help guard Randle in Monday's summer league game. On one play, Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall dropped the ball off to Randle near midcourt, allowing him to dribble it upcourt, size up Kuzmic and go right at him.
Kuzmic, a seven-footer, didn't look thrilled.
Randle, listed at 6 feet 9, had no problem blowing past him but missed the layup.
Earlier in the game, as Randle set up near the top of the free-throw line, Kuzmic put a hand on Randle's right hip. Randle slapped it away.
Kuzmic did it again. Randle slapped it away again.
The next words came from a referee: "Knock it off, both of you!"
Randle, fearless? Indeed.
The night he was drafted, he said he didn't care that Kobe Bryant had a reputation for being hard on rookies.
He has little regard for his body as he plays basketball, throwing it every which way.
Against the Warriors, he twice took a defensive rebound, steamrolled upcourt and hurtled toward the basket, one observer saying it reminded him of Lamar Odom, and not just because they're both left-handed.