OFFICIAL KYLE KUZMANIA THREAD (tupac impressed, p416)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:27 pm    Post subject:

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He's playing more minutes per game than Randle this year.


That is a pathetic stat.


ok. lol


Not that Kuzma plays big minutes but that the FO missed so badly on Randle.


Or it could be the coach thought Kuzma and Randle deserved the minutes they got? Who knows really...

You love to create negative ideas and then associated them with "the front office" when what you really mean is Magic and Jeannie.

Randle playing like 16 mpg in November was an obviously idiotic decision. Don't know or care if it came from the FO though, it's on Luke.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:01 am    Post subject:

Kuzma great season thank you.

Work hard this off season. Work on your creativity it is your strength and will help you around the hoop where you could finish stronger. Work on your defense and passing and get stronger so you can rebound better.

I love your killer instinct don't ever lose that. I hope you take the off season to work on being great.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:53 am    Post subject:

What he needs to work on the most is ball handling and defense. But even if he doesn't improve on those much but does improve his overall game, he'll have another great year next season

It's definitely the difference between becoming a star and remaining a role player tho. Because of his age, I think next year is basically the one chance he has at becoming a "star". Once the media brands you it's just how it is.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:54 am    Post subject:

This guy's poise and footwork... I know I'm reaching... but it's Kobe-like
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:22 am    Post subject:

Seeing how much Kuz grew this year, I can't wait for next season after 1 season under his belt and after another summer's worth of development.

He's going to be the actual beast that we thought Ingram was going to be in his 2nd year.

We'll probably start seeing Kuz's face in the middle of all Laker promo's and Spectrum Sportsnet commercials come November.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:55 am    Post subject:

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Seeing how much Kuz grew this year, I can't wait for next season after 1 season under his belt and after another summer's worth of development.

He's going to be the actual beast that we thought Ingram was going to be in his 2nd year.

We'll probably start seeing Kuz's face in the middle of all Laker promo's and Spectrum Sportsnet commercials come November.


For an older rookie, year two will be pivotal. Hopefully, he doesn't stagnate like Clarkson did instead of improving his defense and other aspects of his game.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:52 am    Post subject:

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the warriors put their entire starting team in the summer league the year that they started to compete. It was about building a winning identity. They had curry and klay and it was ridiculous but they won everything

Since this group already won last year no point in winning again


Would you say the same about the regular season? It all builds upon itself.

Regular season is meaningful games. These guys proved NBA caliber players and should be in gym working on their games, strength and conditioning. No need to be running around vs g-league and future european players. With Zo injury history better he rests and doesnt risk injury too
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:57 am    Post subject:

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He's playing more minutes per game than Randle this year.


That is a pathetic stat.


He also took 2 fga more. 1 more than BI. Lead the team.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:57 pm    Post subject:

Kuzma on "The Jump" today. Haven't seen Rachel this giggly since she interviewed Osi Umenyiora pre Super Bowl.

https://youtu.be/HFRE4IfmCaM
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:13 pm    Post subject:

LandsbergerRules wrote:
tofulakers wrote:
Seeing how much Kuz grew this year, I can't wait for next season after 1 season under his belt and after another summer's worth of development.

He's going to be the actual beast that we thought Ingram was going to be in his 2nd year.

We'll probably start seeing Kuz's face in the middle of all Laker promo's and Spectrum Sportsnet commercials come November.


For an older rookie, year two will be pivotal. Hopefully, he doesn't stagnate like Clarkson did instead of improving his defense and other aspects of his game.


I think he will improve defensively, with his shot selection, passing, individual shot creation but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his best offensive season from a raw numbers perspective. I’ll probably get killed for saying this but I don’t see his role on offense being big enough to drastically improve his numbers. I expect him to be more efficient and well rounded going forward but around 15 ppg is more or less where he’ll be at on a contending team.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:15 pm    Post subject:

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Kuzma on "The Jump" today. Haven't seen Rachel this giggly since she interviewed Osi Umenyiora pre Super Bowl.

https://youtu.be/HFRE4IfmCaM


He probably smashed that
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:47 pm    Post subject:

Get stronger and be our stretch 4. Best in league.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:53 pm    Post subject:

Work on your handles and conditioning and you'll be an all-star. What's preventing Kuz from getting to the hoop more often is his dribbling. He can't take many people off the dribble right now; I think his dribbling might be a bit too high. Fix it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:07 pm    Post subject:

His scoring is already in a good place. Work on play making, shot selection and defense.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:02 pm    Post subject:

He has the makings of being the star of this team. I know there are some who want BI or Lonzo to be that player but this guy has all the qualities to be great. Luke won't be able to handcuff him next year because the skills are too obvious.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:25 pm    Post subject:

I'd like to see him work on having a more explosive first step, improved free throws and better foot work at the post. His conditioning is fine. He logged the most Laker minutes.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:30 pm    Post subject:

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He has the makings of being the star of this team. I know there are some who want BI or Lonzo to be that player but this guy has all the qualities to be great. Luke won't be able to handcuff him next year because the skills are too obvious.


Brandon Ingram has all the qualities of a star, dude was legit averaging 18/6/5 on 52/56/72 on the stretch before he got injured. And he's 2 years younger then Kuzma. Ingram is gonna take the (bleep) over next season and look like an all star.


However we have both and if Kuzma takes a leap this year, we're looking at a really scary player. If he improves his ball handing and defense, he's gonna be a legit PF.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:28 am    Post subject:

“I get through a lot of situations,” Kuzma says, “asking myself what Kobe would do.”

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:10 am    Post subject:

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When Kuzma interviewed with the Lakers at the combine in Chicago last May, he was sweating through his dress shirt. “I mean, it’s Magic Johnson, but then he smiles, so you smile and the whole vibe changes,” Kuzma recalls. “This isn’t some analytics guy with glasses talking about your per-48. It’s laid-back, feet up, chilling and talking.” Kuzma is from Flint, Mich., 55 miles from Johnson’s hometown of Lansing. He launched into his life story, sharing that he and his mother were once homeless. The Lakers, desperate for an infusion of edge, were smitten.


Yes. Totally see that.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject:

OC Lakerfan wrote:
“I get through a lot of situations,” Kuzma says, “asking myself what Kobe would do.”

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:21 pm    Post subject:

I thought it helped him when he was forced to play SF. I think he was very effective there and once he when the his overall game took off.

Yes he can improve his defense, passing and his handle but he can also sharpen his shooting and finishing around the hoop. He an get a little stronger and more explosive.

There is nothing glaring that he needs to work on but if he got just a little better at everything and became stronger and more explosive he can take a big leap next year.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:09 pm    Post subject:

I know it's blasphemy but this kid ceiling comp is who... Kobe? I mean he has good footwork and the big cojones part already
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:16 pm    Post subject:

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I know it's blasphemy but this kid ceiling comp is who... Kobe? I mean he has good footwork and the big cojones part already


Horry without the defense
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:16 pm    Post subject:

He has that Kobe confidence and mentality.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:25 pm    Post subject:

Handles, defense, strength, and free throws. Those should all be the priority for Kuz this summer.
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