Kyle Kuzma, on Lakers' practice court in El Segundo with his new blond hair,
he talked about how much fun to play in this way.
He is doing the extra pass, he said, and your star-team worry about scoring and you focus on the other things – playing first-class protection mainly and fighting for each rebound.
“We have a deep team. When you play with an all-star team like this, with stars, everyone must have a particular role. And that is my role, ”he said. “… It's really fun – great fun – playing the right way.”
But Kuzma is not talking about the all-star Lakers
LeBron James team, Anthony Davis and
DeMarcus Cousins. No, it was great fun for the deep team to complete – and praising –
It was a USA Team, which started the week in Los Angeles with a light Tuesday night exercise.
Kuzma is not a green to do by Team USA – there are a handful of wings, like Khris
Middleton, P.J Tucker and Jaylen Brown, are more suitable to be a role players.
Trainer Gregg Popovich said the final roster for the forthcoming FIBA World Cup
But those things that Kuzma talked about – the majesty, the defense and the revival – are not just pathways to the roster. It is one of the big keys for the Lakers this season to come.
With Davis trade play over
– it was a play that had a real impact on the younger players
openly dangled – you might think that Kuzma would have settled going into his third season.
In any sense, he told the Times, yeah, it is. But in another …
“I'm staying here, so that's one side of the ball,” he said he would stay in his Coach
. “But the other side of the ball is that it is a whole new team and a whole different team.”
Only five players from last season are back. The bench, only the helper Simon Miles and some support staff, is all new faces. The roles are wide open and are not yet defined and are likely to remain well in the season.
Meanwhile, however, the recipe by Kuzma is how to make the move more rapid – rebound, protect, make plays for the stars and hit open beats.
But the management response Popovich and Team USA Jerry Colangelo hopes this week to answer. One of the executives and NBA scouts are trying last year – can Kuzma do that thing really?
We saw her ability to put the ball in the basket when she is given lots of shots. But questions about his ability to score effectively still define his reputation across the NBA, which does
only grew stronger
the three-point line.
Last year, Kuzma only hit 30.3% of his beaches – the highest percentage of any player who had so many attempts (422).
as he had. But he is willing to revive and a good athlete – a useful mix of player (6-9).
While Defense still has little strength, people who have been around Team USA through the early days of the camp are not looking at that end – although Popovich might have been playing
development – and
that is why he could be a victim of roster cuts before the world championship in China in September.
The Lakers appreciate the things that Kuzma does. That's why it is here and not in New Orleans. But the things that make it a bit prominent on a USA Team may make some laugh when an all-star Lakers team conveys this fall.
There is no doubt about it
– basketball is the right way to play and as a result fun can be achieved. And whether he's with Team USA or the Lakers, he'll have the chance to show that he is able.
“I think I can do it,” said Kuzma.