While several teams across the NBA prepare for another memorable postseason, Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma will be watching the action unfold at home. The Lakers have a contentious offseason ahead of them as they look to replace president Magic Johnson and former head coach Luke Walton.
In an effort to connect more with his fans, Kuz hosted an impromptu Twitter Q&A Friday night, answering questions ranging from his career aspirations to providing draft advice for incoming rookies.
Favorite music includes two of California’s finest
The 23-year-old kicked off the conversation by praising the works of two of his favorite rappers.
Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamar’s second studio album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” catapulted the 31-year-old to fame. Released in 2012, the project debuted at No. 2 on the United States Billboard 200 and was eventually certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Released in February 2018, “Victory Lap” is the only studio album from late rapper Nipsey Hussle. The South Los Angeles native was shot to death on March 31 in front of his Marathon Clothing shop on Slauson Ave. in LA.
Kuzma kept it short when addressing his priorities for the offseason, promising Lakers fans they’ll see a new and improved athlete when he returns for his sophomore year.
Nothing but respect for LeBron
The Flint, Michigan native had nothing but positive sentiments for colleague LeBron James, calling him a “great teammate.”
“Staying level-headed is key.”
It was undoubtedly a tough season for the Lakers, and Kuzma did not mince words when it came to discussing what key lessons he can learn from his first year as a professional.
Being an All-Star is the endgame
Many players set personal goals as they enter a new season. It could be to shatter an old record or to raise the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the season. For Kuzma, he plans on making his first All-Star appearance when he returns to the court for year two.
In order to be fully prepared for the draft, the former Utah star encouraged incoming players to simply be in the best shape of their lives during the May NBA combine.
Classic dinner question
Popular in ice breakers across the country, one fan asked Kuzma which celebrity he would be honored to share a meal with. He picked former President Barack Obama, and then made a subtle call for someone to help organize the meeting.
Favorite rookie moment
Kuzma shared his favorite rookie moment, and it involves a classic pump fake on Golden State Warriors center Boogie Cousin.
Looks like Boogie may have gotten the last laugh, however.
Is Utah a good place to be?
Kuzma graduated from Utah with a degree in sociology. When asked by a follower if he could provide some insight on the state’s culture following the Russell Westbrook incident, he provided a short-yet-thoughtful answer.
Kuzma finished his Q&A by stating he never had a plan B if basketball never worked in his favor, and made a playful jab at Denver Nuggets star Isaiah Thomas for stealing his idea before signing off for the night.
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