Kyle Kuzma is probably living the best hours of his NBA career so far, as the young player hit a game-winner 3 in front of 7'2 Bol Bol to give his Los Angeles Lakers a great victory in front of the Denver Nuggets, one of the biggest rivals the purple and gold will have in the playoffs.
After that shot, Kuz's confidence has boosted and the 25-year-old isn't try to hide it. He claimed not even Jesus Christ himself would prevent him from shooting a shot like the one he made on Monday night. Following that, the young forward went further and stated he would be a starter in any other team in the league, except for the Lakers, given that he was playing behind the two best players in the association.
"I'm starting on most teams in this league and everyone knows it," Kuzma said. "It just so happens I'm playing behind the two best players in the NBA."
He's ready to play in his first playoffs and the Lakers are excited to see what Kuz is going to bring to the table once the big show starts. They are confident they can get a lot of good things from him and even LeBron James claimed Kuzma will be a key piece for them if they want to win the title next October.
"In order for us to win a championship, he has to be our third-best player," James said of Kuzma, via Benyam Kidane.
"If I'm struggling or if A.D. is struggling he has to be our second-best player on any given night. We can't win a championship if Kuz doesn't play well."
Bron revealed the play they pulled off against the Nuggets wasn't just luck, they have been practicing giving the ball to Kuz and see what he can do in front of the rim.
"We've been running a lot of ATO's, in-game situations in practice and Kuz has been the recipient of a lot of those actions and tonight it paid off," James added.
"Big-time shot big confidence booster for Kuz and to know that we have another option to go down the stretch when we need to."
Despite having clinched the 1st seed in the West, the Lakers were struggling to play well in the bubble. It seems like they discover what they were missing. Kuz needs to step up and help his team if they want to win their 17th NBA championship this year.