OFFICIAL KYLE KUZMANIA THREAD (new shot form, p541; team USA, p551; clips, p560)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:10 am    Post subject:

It was obvious no one was going to get officially "cut" at this point and that someone would leave with an "injury"

Does anyone actually believe he's hurt? I'm not buying it. He really, really wanted to be there.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:14 am    Post subject:

The Lebrons wrote:
It was obvious no one was going to get officially "cut" at this point and that someone would leave with an "injury"

Does anyone actually believe he's hurt? I'm not buying it. He really, really wanted to be there.

better he got cut because usa gonna get embarrassed
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:17 am    Post subject:

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Pop looks over the hill. Should've played Smart and put him on Patty Mills.

Also his stubbornness when it comes to not starting Mills might've hurt SAS the past 2 seasons.


Damn. I never thought I’d see someone say this. Could be right though.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:21 am    Post subject:

The Lebrons wrote:
It was obvious no one was going to get officially "cut" at this point and that someone would leave with an "injury"

Does anyone actually believe he's hurt? I'm not buying it. He really, really wanted to be there.


He’s hurt but the injury isn’t serious, if Team USA really wanted Kuzma he would still be out there, they don’t so the new ankle injury was a reason for them to cut him, it’s better that he’s not playing because training camp is gonna begin in a couple of weeks.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:24 am    Post subject:

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All I care about is the ankle..... hope he’s good to go in 2 weeks


He is fine, injury is cover to cut him


Pop didn't want a Laker... and it was obviously a cover.

Kuz was one of the more important players on that team TBH and that's not me being biased. The only guy outside of Kemba, who can get hot and just go off. Without him, they might be 0-2.


Guess you forgot about Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:26 am    Post subject:

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Kuzma is out per Marc Stein

USA Basketball announces that Kyle Kuzma's ankle injury will rule him out of the @FIBAWC and the roster is now set

https://twitter.com/thesteinline/status/1165264553812353025?s=21

Bummer. I enjoyed watching him play with Team USA. Hope it’s not serious.


Wait, what?! I didn't get to watch any of the games. Is this real or some shenanigans?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:42 am    Post subject:

Wow this must be embarrassing for Kuzma, can’t believe he really thought he could pick and choose when he wants to play for team USA lmao ‪😂🤣😂💀 he got his ass cut from that team cos he was too interested in showing out for social media than actually helping the team.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:13 am    Post subject:

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Wow this must be embarrassing for Kuzma, can’t believe he really thought he could pick and choose when he wants to play for team USA lmao ‪😂🤣😂💀 he got his ass cut from that team cos he was too interested in showing out for social media than actually helping the team.


What are you talking about? He looked just fine in the scrimmages and exhibitions and by all accounts, has been working his ass off this summer and making real progress. If they did actually cut him under the guise of an injury, it's their loss and our gain.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:21 pm    Post subject:

Welp, there goes any motivation for me to watch Team USA. Tiny sample size, but it was very nice to see KUZ knocking down those threes like he did. Can’t wait for preseason.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:25 pm    Post subject:

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Welp, there goes any motivation for me to watch Team USA. Tiny sample size, but it was very nice to see KUZ knocking down those threes like he did. Can’t wait for preseason.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:35 pm    Post subject:

Luminous8 wrote:
2019 wrote:
Jesusdelonla wrote:
KeepItRealOrElse wrote:
All I care about is the ankle..... hope he’s good to go in 2 weeks


He is fine, injury is cover to cut him


Pop didn't want a Laker... and it was obviously a cover.

Kuz was one of the more important players on that team TBH and that's not me being biased. The only guy outside of Kemba, who can get hot and just go off. Without him, they might be 0-2.


Guess you forgot about Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum?


All better players but none who don't really have the microwave effect we've seen from Kuz
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:36 pm    Post subject:

mhan00 wrote:
Welp, there goes any motivation for me to watch Team USA. Tiny sample size, but it was very nice to see KUZ knocking down those threes like he did. Can’t wait for preseason.


In some ways, Kuzma got most of the upside of the experience, working with Team USA coaching and more organized play than normal summer activities. But he avoided some of the costs, namely playing in a tournament that ends right before training camp and tends to be on the physical side. That experience has value too, but it comes at a cost, especially for a player on a team who hopes to play until June.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:30 pm    Post subject:

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Welp, there goes any motivation for me to watch Team USA. Tiny sample size, but it was very nice to see KUZ knocking down those threes like he did. Can’t wait for preseason.


In some ways, Kuzma got most of the upside of the experience, working with Team USA coaching and more organized play than normal summer activities. But he avoided some of the costs, namely playing in a tournament that ends right before training camp and tends to be on the physical side. That experience has value too, but it comes at a cost, especially for a player on a team who hopes to play until June.


This!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:28 pm    Post subject:

Kind of glad he's not on the US team.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:58 pm    Post subject:

Would have given me something to watch for the next few weeks but it worked out better for Lakers fans. I think Kuz looks like a different animal out there, very confident and a mamba mentality swagger that kind of makes me believe. I think we kept the right guy..
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:27 am    Post subject:

KOBE WAN wrote:
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mhan00 wrote:
Welp, there goes any motivation for me to watch Team USA. Tiny sample size, but it was very nice to see KUZ knocking down those threes like he did. Can’t wait for preseason.


In some ways, Kuzma got most of the upside of the experience, working with Team USA coaching and more organized play than normal summer activities. But he avoided some of the costs, namely playing in a tournament that ends right before training camp and tends to be on the physical side. That experience has value too, but it comes at a cost, especially for a player on a team who hopes to play until June.


This!


100%. Timing is almost perfect in terms of development and risk. I think it’s important for him to be at Lebron’s training camp and actual training camp for both chemistry and development reasons like getting to know all the new players, coaches and system.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:41 am    Post subject:

NBALakerLegends wrote:
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In some ways, Kuzma got most of the upside of the experience, working with Team USA coaching and more organized play than normal summer activities. But he avoided some of the costs, namely playing in a tournament that ends right before training camp and tends to be on the physical side. That experience has value too, but it comes at a cost, especially for a player on a team who hopes to play until June.


This!


100%. Timing is almost perfect in terms of development and risk. I think it’s important for him to be at Lebron’s training camp and actual training camp for both chemistry and development reasons like getting to know all the new players, coaches and system.



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:42 pm    Post subject:

The Lebrons wrote:
It was obvious no one was going to get officially "cut" at this point and that someone would leave with an "injury"

Does anyone actually believe he's hurt? I'm not buying it. He really, really wanted to be there.

this was my first thoughts
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:46 pm    Post subject:

not everything is a conspiracy my guys. even a 2 week sprain and he's gone. and NBA teams are super conservative with the international play now

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Popovich on Kuzma: It’s a huge disappointment, because he was a young, energetic guy who was really learning and could play a lot of positions for us. Mostly, I feel badly for him, because he missed play, and this holds him back a little bit for the season also. (1/2)
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Pop on Kuzma cont: ..."So, hopefully, he’ll heal quickly. But, he was wonderful while he was here, and we do miss him." (2/2)
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:57 pm    Post subject:

KeepItRealOrElse wrote:
not everything is a conspiracy my guys. even a 2 week sprain and he's gone. and NBA teams are super conservative with the international play now

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Popovich on Kuzma: It’s a huge disappointment, because he was a young, energetic guy who was really learning and could play a lot of positions for us. Mostly, I feel badly for him, because he missed play, and this holds him back a little bit for the season also. (1/2)
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Pop on Kuzma cont: ..."So, hopefully, he’ll heal quickly. But, he was wonderful while he was here, and we do miss him." (2/2)


Thats good to hear. If you look at the highlights or anyone that saw the games, Kuzma did good overall and I think he would have made the team if it wasn't for the injury.

And is ability to hit the 3 in the short sample was encouraging. If he get hitting his 3 point shots again, him and Green are going to make it really hard for teams as they have to worry about trying to protect the rim enough from AD and Lebron and still defend the 3 of Green and Kuzma.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:29 pm    Post subject:

KOBE WAN wrote:
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mhan00 wrote:
Welp, there goes any motivation for me to watch Team USA. Tiny sample size, but it was very nice to see KUZ knocking down those threes like he did. Can’t wait for preseason.


In some ways, Kuzma got most of the upside of the experience, working with Team USA coaching and more organized play than normal summer activities. But he avoided some of the costs, namely playing in a tournament that ends right before training camp and tends to be on the physical side. That experience has value too, but it comes at a cost, especially for a player on a team who hopes to play until June.


This!


Lol if he couldn't handle all the playing then he doesn't have what it takes to be a featured Laker
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:36 pm    Post subject:

KeepItRealOrElse wrote:
not everything is a conspiracy my guys. even a 2 week sprain and he's gone. and NBA teams are super conservative with the international play now

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@RedsArmy_John
Popovich on Kuzma: It’s a huge disappointment, because he was a young, energetic guy who was really learning and could play a lot of positions for us. Mostly, I feel badly for him, because he missed play, and this holds him back a little bit for the season also. (1/2)
7:37 AM - 25 Aug 2019


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Pop on Kuzma cont: ..."So, hopefully, he’ll heal quickly. But, he was wonderful while he was here, and we do miss him." (2/2)


I don't know that there's anything to glean from this. I wouldn't expect Pop to be anything other than complimentary.

There is no way to be sure why he was cut with any certainty. Either way it doesn't matter in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject:

So is his ankle a minor week off type of thing?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:52 am    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:35 am    Post subject:

https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1166720822746243072

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Los Angeles Lakers F Kyle Kuzma has signed with @CAA_Basketball for his on and off court representation.


If it is Aaron Mintz again, I expect Kuzma's stay with the Lakers to be short-lived.
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