Kyle Kuzma is excited about the Los Angeles Lakers’ new additions and believes many are “underestimating” the Lakers.
“We are both definitely excited about the roster and the pieces that we have,” Kuzma told ESPN on Tuesday, after visiting with 20 kids from the Safe Places program at his hometown Flint YMCA as part of the “My Y Story” content series. “And we think that a lot of people are underestimating us. It is definitely going to be fun playing with all these new guys.”
“A lot of people say we got a lot of different people, a lot of new people,” added Kuzma, who also is holding a three-day camp for children in his hometown. “But change can be a good thing. It is not necessarily always a bad thing. There’s a lot of teams in the NBA that need to work on their chemistry; we are just one of them…
“I don’t know why people kind of just rule us out because we are young,” said Kuzma, who was a first-team All-Rookie performer after averaging 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds last season. “We are hungry. We are competitive. Anybody that watched us play last year, we were in a lot of games.”
Kuzma also disagrees with the notion that James might have to be patient and wait another year to add another star to see the Lakers truly contend while the team’s up-and-coming players such as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Kuzma continue to grow.
The Lakers will get to the playoffs, most likely, unless LeBron get hurt, but I think they don’t have the experience to contend in the West. This will be a process, one the Lakers young players must trust.