Moments after the NBA announced that he had earned first-team All-Rookie honors and accomplished a season goal he had set for himself, a sweat-drenched Kyle Kuzma was on the Lakers' gym floor working on his dribbling and a variety of back-to-the-basket turnaround moves with assistant coach Miles Simon.
Kuzma has been working out at the Lakers' practice facility for the past three weeks, doing two-a-days hitting the weight room and basketball court.
And Kuzma hasn't been alone. Kuzma, who has added noticeable muscle, says Lonzo Ball has been in the weight room as well.
"Consistency in the weight room, that is the biggest thing," Kuzma said on Tuesday of what he has seen out of Ball this offseason so far. "He has been in there pretty much every day I have been in here around this time. You can tell he is taking the weight room a lot more serious and that is going to help him by allowing him to recover faster and hopefully next year be on the court more because of that weight room."
When the Lakers' season ended, team president Magic Johnson told Ball that this would be the "biggest summer" of his life. The Lakers want to see Ball -- who was limited to a total of 52 games due to injuries but still earned second-team All-Rookie honors after averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds -- add more muscle to his wiry frame in hopes of improving his ability to stay on the court.