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Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins explains what Kyle Kuzma must do to succeed

Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Kuzma

Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has been in the ear of forward Kyle Kuzma all season.

Since Cousins is still rehabbing his ACL injury, the All-Star big man is using his time around Kuzma wisely by dropping any knowledge he can on the Lakers’ youngster:

“That’s my little bro,” Cousins told Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the All The Smoke podcast. “I’m trying to drive as much knowledge as I can on him. He’s so talented. Talent is through the roof and he just gotta learn the game. And he’s like a sponge. That’s what’s dope about him, he’s a student… he’s willing to listen. You just gotta keep feeding him.”

Kuzma has appeared in 44 games for the Lakers this season. He’s averaging 12.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lakers must really value Kuzma because he survived the Anthony Davis trade and this year’s trade deadline despite his name being in trade rumors. LA needs a third scorer behind LeBron James and Davis. The Lakers must feel like Kuzma is going to be vital for them once the playoffs start.

Speaking of the playoffs, Cousins is said to be progressing well with his ACL rehab, but Lakers head coach Frank Vogel wants everyone to be patient and not jump to conclusions that Boogie will be back for the postseason.

However, if Cousins does suit up, the Lakers might become the overwhelming favorite to win the title.