Kyle Kuzma still ‘learning how to play championship basketball’
This season marks the first time Kuzma is playing on a Lakers team with championship aspirations. The talented forward is learning what it takes to contribute to winning besides scoring:
“My learning curve has been pretty accelerated in a sense,” Kuzma told Bill Oram of The Athletic about the Lakers’ progress. “But for the better. … We’re playing like championship basketball right now. We’re not playing with a bunch of young guys that are still trying to find their way. I mean, I’m still trying to find my way in this league, but I’m learning how to play championship ball.
“It’s not about points. It’s about just trying to win. Obviously everybody’s got to sacrifice and that’s just for the betterment of the team. When I have scoring opportunities, I take them, attack them and if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen. It’s just the way with how our team is constructed and I just got to find a way, and find ways to contribute to winning basketball.”
The Lakers are 34-9 on the season, in their first year with the Anthony Davis-LeBron James pairing. They still have the best record in the Western Conference despite getting blown out by the Boston Celtics on Monday.
Kuzma is averaging 13.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 34 games this season. He’s shooting 43.0 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free-throw line.