Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma ruled out for season opener vs. Clippers
The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing to have a big 2019-20 NBA season after acquiring Anthony Davis via trade this offseason. Davis and LeBron James are primed to be one of the must-watch NBA duos. However, lost in the mix is the role that forward Kyle Kuzma could play in the Lakers’ quest for success.
But as of now, we will have to wait a bit to see where Kuzma fits in the Lakers’ puzzle. Kuzma has been ruled out of the season opener against their rival, the Los Angeles Clippers:
Kyle Kuzma has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game. He didn’t do any contact work today.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) October 20, 2019
Kuzma is still recovering from a stress reaction in his left foot while with Team USA. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel has detailed the intensity Kuzma has displayed in his rehab process, stating he is beyond the Paul George-esque workouts that George utilized to rehab from a broken leg five years ago (via Silver Screen and Roll):
”He’s gone above and beyond what I call ‘the Paul George workouts.’ When Paul was out with a broken leg all year and he did a lot of ballhandling in a chair. Stationary shooting. Shooting in a chair. Kyle has done a ton of that over the last six weeks or so. And now that he’s able to move like an NBA basketball player, it’s really focused on just the normal skill work.”
The Lakers have shown their fondness of Kuzma by electing to keep him in their plans instead of placing him in the Davis trade sweepstakes. Now, they just want their rising star to get healthy so he can be a big part of their plans to contend for a title.