Kyle Kuzma may have some lofty expectations to live up to in Orlando, but the young Lakers forward is in a perfect position to finally meet them.
With four months to recover physically and mentally, and a golden opportunity to prove that he can lead the second unit, there’s never been a better time for Kuzma to show that he has star potential, and the Lakers have never needed Kuzma to be that for them more than they do now.
If Kuzma doesn’t figure it out in Orlando, it could mark the end of his time in Los Angeles, or at least the beginning of the end, given that he becomes extension-eligible this summer. He may say he’s not worried about that, but it’s the reality of how things are.
In other words, it’s now or never for Kuzma to contribute to winning while being himself.