Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma Clarifies He Doesn’t Like Being Called a Veteran Despite Playing 201 NBA Games

Published 07/27/2020, 7:45 PM EDT


Los Angeles Lakers are going up against the Washington Wizards in the final of their three scrimmages. So far, the Lakers are 1-1 in their scrimmages but have decided to lay off their key players for this match, namely LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis, and Dwight Howard.

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Later, Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach revealed why Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard will sit out of this scrimmage. Reportedly, Kuzma has an ankle sprain and Dwight has a bit of soreness in his knees.

Vogel also said that Davis is also dealing with discomfort, especially after the eye-poking incident in the match because of which he had to be benched. However, he clarified that Kuzma would be playing if these were the playoffs or a seeding game.

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The reason behind benching key players

Benching these key players will enable the Lakers to watch other players more closely. The more high-end reserves like Dion Waiters and J. R. Smith will get to play more. However, this is will also provide them with an opportunity to observe the younger players. With the key players off, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Devontae Cacok, and Talen Horton-Tucker will get a chance to strive on the court.

Frank said that he trusts all three players, as mentioned by the official Lakers Beat reporter for SB Nation, Harrison Faigen, in his tweet.

Mike Trudell’s hilarious use of ‘Veteran’ for Kyle Kuzma

Another Laker beat reporter, Mike Trudell, went on twitter to announce the benching of the players.  He used the word ‘veteran’ to establish their expertize on the court.

He said. “The Lakers will rest several veterans for today’s game, including LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard.

This tweet really got to Kuzma, who jokingly replied saying that he just turned 25, and therefore is not eligible to be  a veteran.

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Finally, clearing the air, Trudell replied to Kuzma by saying that he was originally going to tag Danny Green. But after Vogel made the announcement, he realized that Kuzma had played 201 NBA games and thus kept the word veteran.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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