Report: Kyle Kuzma’s ankle issues might warrant shutdown for rest of season
Kyle Kuzma’s latest surging run has only confirmed the thoughts of what a draft steal he has been for the Los Angeles Lakers, but after sustaining an ankle injury during last night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it might be time to put his season under wraps.
According to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, Kuzma’s ankles have been taking a beating throughout his first season in the league, and the Utah product had already been playing through a sprained right ankle since his last college season.
The 22-year-old was ruled out for the game after a 1-of-6 night from the floor, logging only two points after a brilliant 30-point night against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.
“I tried to move and push around [on the left ankle in the third quarter] but it is kind of hard to move around on two flat tires,” said Kuzma of his recent injury.
The Michigan native noted the difference between his recurring ankle injuries, but was hesitant about finishing out the season.
“My body feels great. At the end of the day, it is just my ankles,” said Kuzma. “I can’t tell you anything right now [about playing in the final three games]… [this latest ankle injury is] just really throbbing. [It’s] a little different than my last one. My last one was an inside sprain. This is an outside sprain.”
Faced with the possibility of sitting out the last three games of the season, the young rookie didn’t commit to an answer.
“I don’t know… I’m the worst person to ask that question,” said Kuzma, according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints. “I don’t know. It’s that point in the season where there’s 3 games left. It is what it is. It’s up to them at the end of the day.”
The Lakers already have their prized No. 2 overall pick, Lonzo Ball on the shelf, and with nothing else to play for — it could be a matter of hours before they take a decision on the long-term health of one of their most promising players.