The 2019 summer has been a rather busy one for Kyle Kuzma, even as the Los Angeles Lakerscontinue their six-year playoff drought. Atop the list of summer stops for Kuzma was testing out his luck in Chicago during the NBA Draft Lottery, where he told fans “Ya Welcome” for bringing home the fourth overall pick.
But now with the lottery commitments out the window, Kuzma is focusing on the fundamentals.
“(I’ve) just been focused on just the basics. Just reminding myself of the fundamentals of the game. Really taking it easy, and taking it slow and focusing on just little habits of my body, my body mechanics and then my shooting mechanics as well,” Kuzma said in an interview withLakers.com from before the lottery.
The 23-year-old is coming off his second season in the NBA, where he had mixed numbers for the Lakers as he started to settle into a starter role.
Kuzma started 68 games for the Lakers in the 2018-19 season, four games short of doubling his rookie year starts, and had a slight uptick in several categories. However, he also had a drop-off in other key stats (mainly his 3-point accuracy).