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Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma points to hometown of Flint, Michigan as evidence of systemic racism

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Flint, Michigan hasn’t had clean water since 2014, and that doesn’t sit well with Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kyle Kuzma.

The talented Lakers swingman was born and raised in Flint. Kuzma believes the fact that his hometown doesn’t have clean water yet is a byproduct of systemic racism:

The tragic murder of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of policemen has sparked nationwide protests. Numerous NBA players have joined the protests since the league is mostly made up of African Americans.

Back in September, Kyle Kuzma said he hopes to have a lasting impact on his hometown of Flint. The 24-year-old Lakers forward wants to be the LeBron James of his hometown:

“I am trying to do a lot,” Kuzma said to ESPN in September. “Not so much now because I haven’t really made enough money [yet] to really make some things happen. … My thing is to keep spreading awareness.

“LeBron is a role model in that sense. Because for him to be as good as he is and how high up he is on the totem pole, to still care about Akron, Ohio, that is tremendous and speaks volumes.”

Kuzma and the Lakers will be among the 22 teams partaking in the “bubble” games at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Los Angeles had the best record in the Western Conference before the season was suspended in March.

In 54 games this season, Kuzma is averaging 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists for the Lakers. He’s also shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The 2019-20 season is scheduled to resume on July 30.