Lakers news: Gregg Popovich 'feels badly' for Kyle Kuzma on foot injury
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Gregg Popovich ‘feels badly’ for Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma on foot injury

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has chimed in on Kyle Kuzma’s foot injury. The legendary head coach praised the forward and feels bad that injury will affect his performance with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Per Lakers reporter Kevin Ding, Popovich briefly recalled coaching Kuzma for Team USA. He tagged him as a versatile player and noted how the injury would limit his season for the Purple and Gold.

“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.”

Kuzma suffered the injury while he was with Team USA for the FIBA World cup. He played in just one exhibition game in late August with the national team before sitting out the remainder of the summer to recover. In a press release, the Lakers said that the 24-year-old has not been cleared for full practice or game participation.

“Kyle Kuzma is progressing with his rehabilitation from an injury (stress reaction, left foot) that occurred while he was with USA Basketball. He has not been cleared for full practice or game participation. He is scheduled for an MRI when the team returns from China, and a status update will be given at that time.”

Kuzma averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 33.1 minutes of action per game for the Lakers last season. His role in the upcoming season will be pivotal as the Lakers aim to make the playoffs and win that elusive title.