Kyle Kuzma ruled out for Lakers' season opener
NBA.com Global on Oct 22, 2019 06:54 AM
PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 18: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 18, 2018 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers will start the 2019-20 regular season without forward Kyle Kuzma, the team confirmed on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Coach Frank Vogel said Kuzma will miss the game against the LA Clippers as he continues to recover from a stress reaction in his left foot. Kuzma suffered the injury during USA Basketball training camp in August.
???? Frank Vogel gives an injury update on Kyle Kuzma and talks about when he'll decide on Opening Night starters. pic.twitter.com/bZGqFZ6S5A— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 20, 2019
Kuzma, who returned to the court last week, is optimistic about his recovery.
"I haven't really been doing too much, really, for the last two months," Kuzma said on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). "So just being able to shoot jump shots and being around the team a little bit more, it's optimistic, for sure."
With Kuzma sidelined, the Lakers will have to experiment with their starting lineup. Coach Vogel said on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) the team won't finalize their starting unit until Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
"The main thing is just making sure I'm healthy," Kuzma said. "It's a long season, so [missing opening night] won't affect me mentally or anything."
Kuzma averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 70 games with L.A. last season.