OFFICIAL KYLE KUZMANIA THREAD (tupac impressed, p416)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:53 pm    Post subject:

Kuzma definitely had more than just 3 assists. Scorekeeper needs to be put on notice.

....Oh, and well done Kuz.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:54 pm    Post subject:

Kuz is heating up! 29 min, 23 pts (8-14 and three 3's) 8 reb, 3 assts, 1 stl and 1 blk.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject:

He’s been better on D and has done a much better job moving the ball lately. If he gets his 3 ball back, star KUZ would be back and then some.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:09 pm    Post subject:

When he's on, the game is so much easier for the Lakers.
Keep that head band off
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:06 pm    Post subject:

Lebron says Kuz was the very first person to call him when he signed. He says they actually started talking when he was in Cleveland. He says he saw his talent in the two games they played last year. He says the relationship is getting better and better.
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LeBron on ⁦@kylekuzma⁩’s development and their relationship. “I’m always looking for him, and he knows that.”

https://twitter.com/taniaganguli/status/1069380724417908738
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:40 pm    Post subject:

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🎥 Kyle Kuzma talks about his improved defensive energy and his chemistry with LeBron.

https://twitter.com/Lakers/status/1069388069269200897
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:42 pm    Post subject:

32 wrote:
Kuz is heating up! 29 min, 23 pts (8-14 and three 3's) 8 reb, 3 assts, 1 stl and 1 blk.


And improved defense.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:15 pm    Post subject:

It's as if he's playing like a SG
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:14 pm    Post subject:

epak wrote:
It's as if he's playing like a SG


Kuzma the playmaker loving it.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:26 pm    Post subject:

danzag wrote:
32 wrote:
Kuz is heating up! 29 min, 23 pts (8-14 and three 3's) 8 reb, 3 assts, 1 stl and 1 blk.


And improved defense.


He’s made the biggest strides in this past 10 game stretch. His defense at least looks legit and maintainable.

His 3 ball is coming around and his play making is becoming a thing.

Would love for him to bump up his November averages of 14.6/5.4/1.7

He’s capable of bumping those across the board and becoming a more consistent player for this team.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:59 pm    Post subject:

Kuz!!!
He's gonna be alright.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:21 am    Post subject:

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All those taller Jordan Clarkson comparisons need to be put to rest. This kid is progressing on both ends. Loving his playmaking lately and better effort on D


I hate those damn comparisons. Kuzma is infinitely times more skilled than Clarkson ever was and actually had the damn drive to improve.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:11 am    Post subject:

32 wrote:
Lebron says Kuz was the very first person to call him when he signed. He says they actually started talking when he was in Cleveland. He says he saw his talent in the two games they played last year. He says the relationship is getting better and better.
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LeBron on ⁦@kylekuzma⁩’s development and their relationship. “I’m always looking for him, and he knows that.”

https://twitter.com/taniaganguli/status/1069380724417908738


Hope he’s still a big brother when Kuz plays for NOLA 😝
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:42 am    Post subject:

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32 wrote:
Lebron says Kuz was the very first person to call him when he signed. He says they actually started talking when he was in Cleveland. He says he saw his talent in the two games they played last year. He says the relationship is getting better and better.
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LeBron on ⁦@kylekuzma⁩’s development and their relationship. “I’m always looking for him, and he knows that.”

https://twitter.com/taniaganguli/status/1069380724417908738


Hope he’s still a big brother when Kuz plays for NOLA 😝


That would hurt. He's my favorite player.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:53 am    Post subject:

32 wrote:
AFireInside619 wrote:
32 wrote:
Lebron says Kuz was the very first person to call him when he signed. He says they actually started talking when he was in Cleveland. He says he saw his talent in the two games they played last year. He says the relationship is getting better and better.
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LeBron on ⁦@kylekuzma⁩’s development and their relationship. “I’m always looking for him, and he knows that.”

https://twitter.com/taniaganguli/status/1069380724417908738


Hope he’s still a big brother when Kuz plays for NOLA 😝


That would hurt. He's my favorite player.


Well, here’s hoping he stays. So you wouldn’t have to be in pain. 😐
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:19 am    Post subject:

32 wrote:
Kuz is heating up! 29 min, 23 pts (8-14 and three 3's) 8 reb, 3 assts, 1 stl and 1 blk.


You have to wonder why it took 20 games. Especially since he cMe on stronger at the end of last season. Hopefully it will be sustained and not a small streak of games like last season.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:25 am    Post subject:

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32 wrote:
Kuz is heating up! 29 min, 23 pts (8-14 and three 3's) 8 reb, 3 assts, 1 stl and 1 blk.


You have to wonder why it took 20 games. Especially since he cMe on stronger at the end of last season. Hopefully it will be sustained and not a small streak of games like last season.


He's a pretty streaky player though right?
If he can make an impact in other aspects of the game besides scoring, he'll be all right.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:04 pm    Post subject:

Kyle Kuzma's all-around play helps the Lakers blow out the Suns after slow start

https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-suns-20181202-story.html
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:27 pm    Post subject:

mhan00 wrote:
He’s been better on D and has done a much better job moving the ball lately. If he gets his 3 ball back, star KUZ would be back and then some.


And his rebounding has picked up
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:16 pm    Post subject:

epak wrote:

He's a pretty streaky player though right?
If he can make an impact in other aspects of the game besides scoring, he'll be all right.


Kuz (and Zo) are the epitome of streaky. Their jumpshots will come and go all season, but if they rebound and defend, it isn't as much of a disaster for us.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:25 am    Post subject:

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I've been breaking down each defensive possession for Kuz over the last 6 games, and it's one of the stranger turnarounds I've seen. He's been nothing short of fantastic. Not just by his standards, but league-wide. Sliding his feet & contesting, doing his work before catch, etc.

Maybe it's just a hot streak (you can have defensive hot streaks, right?) but I'm struggling to think of other examples of guys who've been really bad defenders. and then did a 180 like this

Six games isn't long enough for me to feel like it's permanent yet, but VERY encouraging


I’ve always felt Kuzma to potentially be a very good defender, especially from the perimeter. He has the drive and work ethic to continue growing as a player on both ends.

Despite his size/length, he always acted like a SG to me. A player that plays extremely well off the ball, catch and shoot, with improving ball movement capabilities. Then the way he defends better from the outside vs bigmen. That doesn’t scream PF to me in the slightest.

At least, that’s just my observation.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:28 am    Post subject:

I always thought one of Kuz's defensive shortcomings was that he hopped around on defense rather than sliding. So when he made a defensive hop and the player changed directions he was screwed.

Good to see him moving his feet more by sliding now.
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I've been breaking down each defensive possession for Kuz over the last 6 games, and it's one of the stranger turnarounds I've seen. He's been nothing short of fantastic. Not just by his standards, but league-wide. Sliding his feet & contesting, doing his work before catch, etc.

Maybe it's just a hot streak (you can have defensive hot streaks, right?) but I'm struggling to think of other examples of guys who've been really bad defenders. and then did a 180 like this

Six games isn't long enough for me to feel like it's permanent yet, but VERY encouraging


I’ve always felt Kuzma to potentially be a very good defender, especially from the perimeter. He has the drive and work ethic to continue growing as a player on both ends.

Despite his size/length, he always acted like a SG to me. A player that plays extremely well off the ball, catch and shoot, with improving ball movement capabilities. Then the way he defends better from the outside vs bigmen. That doesn’t scream PF to me in the slightest.

At least, that’s just my observation.
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I've been breaking down each defensive possession for Kuz over the last 6 games, and it's one of the stranger turnarounds I've seen. He's been nothing short of fantastic. Not just by his standards, but league-wide. Sliding his feet & contesting, doing his work before catch, etc.

Maybe it's just a hot streak (you can have defensive hot streaks, right?) but I'm struggling to think of other examples of guys who've been really bad defenders. and then did a 180 like this

Six games isn't long enough for me to feel like it's permanent yet, but VERY encouraging


Guarding LeBron during practices doesn't hurt either.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:49 pm    Post subject:

yinoma2001 wrote:
I always thought one of Kuz's defensive shortcomings was that he hopped around on defense rather than sliding. So when he made a defensive hop and the player changed directions he was screwed.

Good to see him moving his feet more by sliding now.
ok so that wasnt me dreaming. i thought i saw that. i grew up with some people that played that hop along defense. i always cautioned them to not pull that versus anyone with a handle or quickness.
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