As almost any former Laker will tell you, donning the Purple and Gold is a truly unique and extraordinary experience, which is why players around the league tend to flock to the franchise at the first chance they get.
For young forward Kyle Kuzma, his time in L.A. is officially over after a trade sent him to D.C. in exchange for Russell Westbrook.
Speaking to Gilbert Arenas on the "No Chill" podcast, Kuz explained his feelings on leaving Lakerland, sounding rather optimistic about the next chapter to come.
“I was super-hyped, obviously, because it’s a better situation,” Kuzma said. “Going to Sacramento would’ve been fun, I would’ve went crazy for sure. But to have the opportunity to play with Brad Beal–someone that is trying to really be a winner in this league–is just the perfect opportunity.”
Kuzma has the chance to start fresh in a new franchise now, one that will give him some time and space to grow on his own terms.
Of course, it will be up to Kuzma to continue to work and adapt his game.
"This offseason I’ve really done a great job of hammering my ball-handling. I think last year with the Lakers, I did a great job of showing and being a willing passer, somebody that can get guys open and get guys open looks," Kuzma said.
"For me, adding a handle and a more consistent, stronger one will really allow me to be an on-ball type of guy. Not only just a scorer and be that type of threat, but be a threat to get guys open. Get Rui open shots, get Brad easier looks, help Spencer get downhill, get big [Daniel] Gafford pick-and-roll lobs; all those things, it’s going to help."
Alongside Bradley Beal, Spencer Dinwiddie, and others, Kuzma can help the Wizards take a step forward in the East this season.
But with so many questions about the direction of their future, it remains to be seen what their long-term picture looks like.
For now, Kuz is just going to do his best to improve and help his team however he can.