Last season, LeBron's first in L.A., was anything but smooth-sailing for the Lakeshow.
Unable to meet expectations, the team was desperate to improve their roster ahead of February's trade deadline. Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma found themselves the main subject of trade rumors. And, although they stayed on the roster by season's end, everyone but Kuzma wound up on a different roster before the end of 2019 free-agency.
In hindsight, the last remaining member of the infamous L.A. young core spoke on the relief he felt knowing those rumors were in the past.
During his first two seasons in Los Angeles, Kuzma missed the postseason and regularly dealt with trade rumors that he described as “annoying.” So, despite an uneven start to the season for him, he is enjoying being part of a championship-contending team.
“It’s a lot less stressful going home every night when you win than when you are losing. It brings a lot more joy to you,” Kuzma explained.
With a prime-time Christmas Day matchup in the works, it seems Los Angeles has very much become the center of the basketball world.
They are winning, they are showtime, and Kyle Kuzma is very much a part of it all. After all that he went through last season, it must feel good.