It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers were willing to make a lot of big changes in order to move Anthony Davis across from the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers were very quick to offer up and trade their younger players such as Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram in order to please the Pelicans enough that they would be willing to trade Davis.
One young talent that the franchise was able to hold onto was Kyle Kuzma who will be beginning his third ever season in the league.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Kyle Kuzma opened up on the pressure of playing for a franchise like the Los Angeles Lakers and what it was like to see close teammates sent away through the Anthony Davis trade.
“Not everyone can be cut out to be a Laker,” said Kuzma. “It’s a little bit harder than any other team because of all the scrutiny and being a Laker, for me I’ve always been ready for it from the day I got here, put my hard hat on and go to work, definitely not for everyone but you’ve got to be mentally at a level.”
Kyle Kuzma is one of the most impressive young talents in the league and the Lakers were not keen on any trades that involved him. This does show the faith that the franchise has in him right now, as a franchise who is going all-in to win a championship, the Lakers clearly see Kuzma as someone who can help them achieve their goal.
Kuzma played 70 games in the 2018-19 regular season where he averaged 18.7 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game.