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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:16 pm    Post subject:

So his shot's been off and he lost confidence off that Lonzo pass for the wide-open 3. I think the Lonzo contagion spread too much there and he looked to make a pass instead of shoot.

BUT his passes of the short rolls to Nance are sick. And his defense (blocking, not paying attention to much else) is improving.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:31 pm    Post subject:

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So his shot's been off and he lost confidence off that Lonzo pass for the wide-open 3. I think the Lonzo contagion spread too much there and he looked to make a pass instead of shoot.

BUT his passes of the short rolls to Nance are sick. And his defense (blocking, not paying attention to much else) is improving.


If you've shot 5 3s and you're not feeling it, the right play is to make something else beneficial happen if you can. And that's what he did. You didn't say it but I wouldn't say his confidence is shot, he still put up 5 3s
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:36 pm    Post subject:

He is shooting quite bad recently but the situation that he is on the floor despite shooting bad tells enough about his game. He played smart with good decisions. Evens defensively he was ok. Few nice assists. He just need to control himself better and to have better shot selection. If they are not falling go the the paint or shoot midrange. But anyway good game for Kuzzz
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:23 am    Post subject:

justsomelakerfan wrote:
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What a good passer he’s turning into


I've been saying


The emergence of the passing game will make him a more complete player Love that he's not forcing the shot
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:30 am    Post subject:

Kuz is expanding his game. His passing has been a thing of beauty.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:26 am    Post subject:

Great article about Kuz. Definitely worth the read. I didn't realize on Wednesday NBA general managers named him the second-biggest steal of the draft.

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Everyone in Flint thinks they're the best player in town. It doesn't matter if you're the fourth-grader on the AAU team or the 47-year-old on their last legs in the YMCA. If you play basketball in Flint, you think you're the best player in town.

Before he was selected 27th overall in the 2017 NBA draft, before he averaged 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals per game in the NBA Summer League, before he teamed up with Lonzo Ball to form "the lightskin connection," before Lakers fans yelled "KUUUUZZZ" whenever he touched the ball, Kyle Kuzma knew he was the best player in town.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:48 am    Post subject:

32 wrote:
Great article about Kuz. Definitely worth the read. I didn't realize on Wednesday NBA general managers named him the second-biggest steal of the draft.

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Everyone in Flint thinks they're the best player in town. It doesn't matter if you're the fourth-grader on the AAU team or the 47-year-old on their last legs in the YMCA. If you play basketball in Flint, you think you're the best player in town.

Before he was selected 27th overall in the 2017 NBA draft, before he averaged 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals per game in the NBA Summer League, before he teamed up with Lonzo Ball to form "the lightskin connection," before Lakers fans yelled "KUUUUZZZ" whenever he touched the ball, Kyle Kuzma knew he was the best player in town.

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That survey was from October, when they had DSJ as the biggest steal. I think if they redid the survey today, Kuz would be the clear #1 steal of the draft.

And he put his mama in an apartment? Cmon Kuz, even a rookie contract puts you in the 1%. Buy her a house.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject:

^ I didn't realize this was an old article from Oct.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject:

Leg injury and Luke killed his shooting confidence by benching him and not giving him the same rope he had before Lopez came back. Luckily this kid is smart and hard working because his passing and defense have improved during this cold shooting stretch
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:20 am    Post subject:

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And he put his mama in an apartment? Cmon Kuz, even a rookie contract puts you in the 1%. Buy her a house.


Not with his car payment. A dude's got to have his priorities straight.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:27 am    Post subject:

Gimme_the_rock wrote:
Ziggy wrote:

And he put his mama in an apartment? Cmon Kuz, even a rookie contract puts you in the 1%. Buy her a house.


Not with his car payment. A dude's got to have his priorities straight.

HE can buy her a home in Flint Michigan for $25,000.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:29 am    Post subject:

AllorNothing wrote:
Gimme_the_rock wrote:
Ziggy wrote:

And he put his mama in an apartment? Cmon Kuz, even a rookie contract puts you in the 1%. Buy her a house.


Not with his car payment. A dude's got to have his priorities straight.

HE can buy her a home in Flint Michigan for $25,000.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:29 am    Post subject:

Watching the Spurs game and they mentioned that Kuzma is top 5 all time for Lakers rookies in scoring. I had no idea he was doing THAT well, that is some rarefied air. I looked it up and from what I can gather he is only behind Elgin (24ppg) Magic (18ppg) and Jerry West (17ppg).

If he finishes the season above any of those in scoring that is really something for a late first rounder since I'm near enough positive Baylor, Magic and West were all 1st overall picks. (googles it) West was actually a 2nd pick, behind the Big O. But either way we're talking about a 27th pick putting up comparable numbers to all time greats in terms of scoring as a rookie.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:26 am    Post subject:

The Juggernaut wrote:
Leg injury and Luke killed his shooting confidence by benching him and not giving him the same rope he had before Lopez came back. Luckily this kid is smart and hard working because his passing and defense have improved during this cold shooting stretch

The reason Kuzma's ball movement, shot selection, and defense has improved considerably is because Luke and the coaching staff have challenged him in those areas throughout the season. But yeah, just fulfill your daily MO of flaming Luke whether it makes a lick of sense or not.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject:

Kuzma is playing fine. It's not about his stats or minutes. It's about getting wins.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:53 pm    Post subject:

And his efficient scoring came back today! I think in the long run of the season this bench stint will be good for Kuz. 18-10-3, good stuff

Only 2 three point attempts. Hm
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:56 pm    Post subject:

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Kuzma is playing fine. It's not about his stats or minutes. It's about getting wins.


If you discount your username. He struggled today, too many layups.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:23 pm    Post subject:

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And his efficient scoring came back today! I think in the long run of the season this bench stint will be good for Kuz. 18-10-3, good stuff

Only 2 three point attempts. Hm


He had a lot of 2-3 attempt games the first 20 games of the year. I don't mind that with him being cold -- he proved in those first 20 games that he can score in a variety of ways. We called him more of a scorer than a shooter. Then bam, he gets hot and is the best shooting PF through ~33 games. Now back down to rookie earth shooting. No matter - ridiculous to think he won't be a ~38% guy in his prime
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:25 pm    Post subject:

Good statline. No comment on defense since I only woke up in time for OT
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:14 pm    Post subject:

Funny interview.
Says he had his legs today cuz Luke cancelled practice yesterday lol
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:16 pm    Post subject:

KeepItRealOrElse wrote:
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And his efficient scoring came back today! I think in the long run of the season this bench stint will be good for Kuz. 18-10-3, good stuff

Only 2 three point attempts. Hm


He had a lot of 2-3 attempt games the first 20 games of the year. I don't mind that with him being cold -- he proved in those first 20 games that he can score in a variety of ways. We called him more of a scorer than a shooter. Then bam, he gets hot and is the best shooting PF through ~33 games. Now back down to rookie earth shooting. No matter - ridiculous to think he won't be a ~38% guy in his prime


Hell even with a second wind this season I could see him bringing up his 3P% back to that number or higher.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:18 pm    Post subject:

Kuzma and JC are proving to be a solid 1-2 punch offensively off the bench today. Has been good to see.

Also good to see Kuzma's legs starting to come back.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:39 pm    Post subject:

Good game by Kuzma tonight.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:27 pm    Post subject:

Seriously, why is he so hyped?

He's another Clarkson. Same pros and same cons. There's a reason why advanced metrics hate him. He can't defend. When his shot is on, he'll give the points right back. When his shot is off, he's as much as a liability as Clarkson.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:27 pm    Post subject:

CantStopJM wrote:
Seriously, why is he so hyped?

He's another Clarkson. Same pros and same cons. There's a reason why advanced metrics hate him. He can't defend. When his shot is on, he'll give the points right back. When his shot is off, he's as much as a liability as Clarkson.


For someone trying to use advanced metrics, you should’ve at least gotten your facts straight or even close for that matter.

Julius Randle 1st yr playing: -2.75 ORPM, -1.55 DRPM, -4.3 RPM
Jordan Clarkson: Rookie: 0.64 ORPM, -3.00 DRPM, -2.36 DRPM
Sophomore: O.14 ORPM, -2.56 DRPM, -2.42 RPM
3rd year: -0.63 ORPM, -3.39 DRPM, -4.02 RPM
D’angelo Russell: -1.10 ORPM, -2.56 DRPM, -3.66RPM
Brandon Ingram: -1.76 ORPM, -2.93 DRPM, -4.69 RPM

Kyle Kuzma: 0.02 ORPM, -1.73 DRPM, -1.71 RPM

Kuz was around -2.5, -2.7 DRPM a month ago so he’s been trending upward since focusing more on D. He’s not on the same stratosphere at sucking on defense as JC. Not even close. And he’s playing better D than our other past hyped rookies on their 1st year so..
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