Lakers Training Camp: Kyle Kuzma Working Toward Becoming Effective Center In Small-Ball Lineup
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers training camp
Darrell Ann-LakersNation.com

Shortly after signing LeBron James, a report indicated Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton and his staff began to mull over variations of a small-ball unit that was inspired by the Golden State Warriors’ vaunted ‘death lineup.’

SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Early predictions were based on James playing center, but team also appears to be exploring using Kyle Kuzma at the position. Kuzma spent the offseason working to improve his perimeter skills, but he’s also taken to serving as a center in a small Lakers lineup.

“I just like to work on my game so if my number is called in any situation, I’m able to operate,” he said after practice during Lakers training camp. “I’ve been playing center a little bit. It’s been going well, I’m picking it up. Like I’ve said, I’ve never really played the five before.

“I think it would be good for us, having a small-ball unit getting out running and gunning. It’s a work in progress but I think it will be great for us as time comes.”

Kuzma’s only other experience with playing center came in high school, which he dismissed as being of any value. “That doesn’t really count,” he said.

Where Kuzma figures to be most challenged when potentially playing center is on the defensive end of the court. He sought out Walton to watch film as effort to further understand what responsibilities would fall on his shoulders.

“You’ve got to be the anchor of the defense,” Kuzma said he learned. “That five position calls out pick and rolls, screens. That five is usually around the rim, so you see everything. Watching that film has really helped in that area when I’m trying to be that anchor. I’m learning every single day. I’m just glad that I can definitely see it coming.”

What should aid the young forward in expanding his versatility is a thicker frame. He’s among the several young Lakers who have been praised for progress not only made on the court but the weight room as well.

“When I’m hitting guys on offense in the post, when I’m guarding guys and beating them to a spot, or taking blows,” answered Kuzma when asked what difference he’s noticed. “I really see it translate from the weight room to there.”

Are you following us on Instagram? We’ve changed our handle to @LakersNationOfficial! Find us on Facebook at @LakersNation, and on Twitter @LakersNation.

I just want to mention I am beginner to weblog and really loved you’re website. More than likely Iโ€™m planning to bookmark your website . You absolutely have really good well written articles. Cheers for sharing your web page.

  • I simply wanted to thank you a lot more for your amazing website you have developed here. It can be full of useful tips for those who are actually interested in this specific subject, primarily this very post. Your all so sweet in addition to thoughtful of others and reading the blog posts is a great delight in my opinion. And thats a generous present! Dan and I usually have enjoyment making use of your recommendations in what we need to do in the near future. Our checklist is a distance long and tips will certainly be put to excellent use.

  • The next time I review a blog site, I really hope that it doesn’t dissatisfy me as long as this. I suggest, I understand it was my choice to check out, but I really assumed youd have something intriguing to claim. All I listen to is a lot of whining about something that you could repair if you werent as well busy seeking interest.

  • Hey! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!

  • When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new remarks are added- checkbox as well as now each time a comment is included I get 4 e-mails with the very same remark. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  • I?m amazed, I should claim. Truly hardly ever do I run into a blog site that?s both instructional as well as enjoyable, and let me inform you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your concept is superior; the concern is something that inadequate individuals are speaking smartly about. I am really happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

  • I was extremely happy to find this web-site. I wished to thanks for your time for this terrific read!! I certainly enjoying every little of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new things you blog post.

  • Youre so amazing! I do not expect Ive check out anything like this before. So great to locate somebody with some initial thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this internet site is something that is required online, a person with a little originality. valuable task for bringing something new to the net!

  • I?m pleased, I must claim. Truly hardly ever do I encounter a blog that?s both educative and also amusing, as well as let me inform you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is superior; the problem is something that not enough individuals are speaking wisely around. I am very satisfied that I came across this in my look for something relating to this.

  • I?m pleased, I need to say. Really hardly ever do I run into a blog site that?s both educative and entertaining, as well as let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your suggestion is outstanding; the concern is something that inadequate individuals are talking wisely about. I am really pleased that I stumbled across this in my look for something connecting to this.

  • Aw, this was a really good article. In suggestion I would love to place in creating similar to this in addition? taking some time and also real initiative to make a great post? but what can I state? I procrastinate alot as well as never appear to get something done.

  • An outstanding share, I simply offered this onto a coworker who was doing a little evaluation on this. And also he in fact purchased me breakfast due to the fact that I found it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the reward! However yeah Thnkx for spending the moment to review this, I really feel strongly regarding it and also like learning more on this subject. If possible, as you end up being proficiency, would you mind upgrading your blog site with more details? It is highly practical for me. Big thumb up for this article!

  • This is the best blog for any person that intends to learn about this subject. You realize a lot its virtually tough to say with you (not that I actually would want?HaHa). You absolutely put a brand-new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Fantastic stuff, just terrific!

  • There are some interesting times in this post however I don?t understand if I see all of them center to heart. There is some legitimacy yet I will certainly hold viewpoint till I look into it even more. Excellent post, many thanks and also we desire much more! Added to FeedBurner as well

  • It?s difficult to locate well-informed individuals on this subject, however you sound like you understand what you?re talking about! Thanks

  • The next time I read a blog, I hope that it won’t disappoint me just as much as this one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read through, but I genuinely thought you would probably have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something that you can fix if you were not too busy searching for attention.

  • Oh my benefits! an impressive post dude. Thank you However I am experiencing problem with ur rss. Don?t understand why Incapable to register for it. Exists any person obtaining identical rss problem? Anyone who understands kindly react. Thnkx

  • You could certainly see your skills in the article you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  • I really love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you create this site yourself? Please reply back as Iโ€™m hoping to create my own website and would like to find out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Cheers!

  • Youre so cool! I don’t suppose Ive read anything similar to this prior to. So nice to discover somebody with some initial thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this web site is something that is required on the internet, a person with a little creativity. valuable job for bringing something brand-new to the net!

  • Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website? My blog site is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my users would really benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this okay with you. Thanks!

  • Hey excellent website! Does running a blog similar to this take a lot of work? I’ve very little knowledge of coding however I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyhow, if you have any ideas or tips for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off topic nevertheless I just wanted to ask. Many thanks!

  • I am usually to blogging and also i really appreciate your web content. The article has really peaks my rate of interest. I am going to bookmark your site and also keep checking for new details.

  • Aw, this was a truly wonderful post. In idea I would love to place in creating such as this additionally? requiring time and also real initiative to make an excellent post? but what can I say? I put things off alot and also never appear to get something done.

  • I?m amazed, I must state. Truly hardly ever do I experience a blog site that?s both enlightening and also amusing, and also let me tell you, you have struck the nail on the head. Your concept is impressive; the issue is something that insufficient people are speaking wisely about. I am very satisfied that I came across this in my look for something relating to this.

  • An outstanding share, I just offered this onto a coworker who was doing a little evaluation on this. As well as he in fact purchased me breakfast because I located it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the reward! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to review this, I really feel highly about it as well as enjoy reading more on this subject. Ideally, as you end up being experience, would you mind updating your blog with even more information? It is extremely valuable for me. Huge thumb up for this article!

  • Can I simply state what a relief to locate someone that really knows what theyre discussing on the web. You definitely recognize exactly how to bring a problem to light as well as make it crucial. More individuals need to read this as well as comprehend this side of the story. I angle believe youre not much more popular since you certainly have the gift.

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.