Lakers news: Kyle Kuzma ‘not scared’ of competition as L.A. rivalry heats up with Clippers
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Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma ‘not scared’ of the competition in L.A. or the rest of the NBA

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Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kyle Kuzma says he’s “not scared” of the competition in Los Angeles or the rest of the NBA.

The Los Angeles Clippers signed two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and acquired All-Star swingman Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer. For the first time ever, both the Lakers and Clippers are title contenders at the same time, which means the battle for Los Angeles is going to be epic in 2019-20.

The Lakers and Clippers aren’t the only elite teams in the West. The Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets figure to challenge both L.A. teams for Western Conference supremacy.

Kyle Kuzma, a fierce competitor, is ready to compete against the best next season.

“It’s super exciting. This is one of the best years in the league. Everything has kind of opened up and L.A. is the center of basketball attention,” Kuzma told Cari Champion of ESPN. “Having the Clippers, with Kawhi and Paul coming there, and then obviously what we have here, it’s going to be set up for some great battles.

“I love competition. I love competition. Playing against great players, that’s what I like to do. I’m not scared, I mean we got some players here too.”

The Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Clippers have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The battle of L.A. really doesn’t get any better than that.

The Rockets are the only team in the league with two MVPs in James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Warriors have two-time MVP Stephen Curry, former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green and All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell, the Jazz have a Big 3 of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, while the Nuggets are led by Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris.

Kuzma will likely be the third-leading scorer on the Lakers next season behind LeBron and AD. The talented swingman is confident the Purple and Gold will able to win the West and ultimately the whole thing.