Kyle Kuzma says he ‘had a good hunch’ LeBron James would come to LA
The 23-year-old spoke out on a positive“hunch” he had that the four-time MVP would make his way to Hollywood.
“I was excited,” added Kuzma. “I kind of had a good hunch in my stomach. I thought he was going to come, but it’s good. Any time you can play with one of the greatest players of all-time, it’s going to bode well for you.”
Kuzma along with other young Laker stars are already in awe of James, who has reportedly been the first in and last person to leave the gym and practice facility since making the switch.
James will now play with a younger core of stars for the first time in his career, and the example he’s setting is already exemplary.
It’s likely James will very much enjoy playing with Kuzma, as the three-time champion has always flourished next to offensive-minded players who thrive on getting buckets. The duo will likely form an integral part of the Lakers’ rumored “death line-up,” in what will be similar to the champion Golden State Warriors’ almost unstoppable small-ball rotation. When they do go small, James will likely occupy the center position with Kuzma at power forward, Brandon Ingram at small forward, either Josh Hart, Lance Stephenson or Kentavious Cadwell-Pope at shooting guard and Lonzo Ball or Rajon Rondo running the point.
Kuzma averaged 16.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game last season. The six-foot-nine forward also shot an admirable 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. Needless to say, the offensive tools he has can transform into something truly special in the league during a time where scoring in bunches is invaluable.
Kuzma is already seeing the benefits of sharing the same locker room as James, and his development is poised to skyrocket as the two will take to the floor together for this upcoming campaign.