Lakers news: Kyle Kuzma trying to stay patient as he works to get comfortable in new role
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Kyle Kuzma trying to stay patient as he works to get comfortable in new role

Kyle Kuzma, Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers own the NBA’s best record at 16-2, so all seems well in Hollywood, but there are still some areas in which the Lakers can improve. In particular, Kyle Kuzma, who was expected to be a major piece in Los Angeles’ offense coming into this season, is still in the middle of an adjustment period, and that is completely understandable.

After all, Kuzma was out early in the year due to a stress reaction in his foot, and he is trying to become accustomed to a bench role, something he probably did not expect after starting 68 of his 70 games last season.

The problem is that Kuzma is getting tired of waiting to break through:

“No. I’m not patient at all,” Kuzma said after the Lakers’ 114-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, according to Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times. “That’s why sometimes it’s hard.”

Kuzma has hardly been bad this season.

He is shooting 46.7 percent from the floor, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line. However, his minutes are down (23 minutes per game) and his scoring (12.3 points per game) is down as a result.

For a guy who registered 18.7 points per game a year ago, that has to be difficult.

“It’s tough sometimes, but you just have to be positive, have an even-keeled mind-set. But that’s easier said than done,” Kyle Kuzma said. “It’s something I’ve got to kind of figure out. But it isn’t anything I can’t handle.”

Kyle Kuzma added that it’s “part of sacrifice and trying to be on a winning team.”

We’ll see how Kuzma’s role unfolds over the rest of the season.