Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma will miss the last game of the season for the Lakers as he has officially been ruled OUT for the final against the Blazers.
Ryan Ward: Lakers’ Reggie Bullock (neck stiffness) and Kyle Kuzma (left foot peroneal tendinitis) are QUESTIONABLE for tonight’s game against the Clippers
Kyle Goon: Kyle Kuzma is OUT for tonight with his foot tendinitis. Reggie Bullock and Tyson Chandler are QUESTIONABLE.
Kyle Goon: Luke Walton said Kyle Kuzma got an MRI on his foot yesterday and the staff confirmed it was tendinitis. The Lakers don't yet consider him shut down for the season. Walton had hopes Kuzma could play tonight.
Kyle Goon: Luke Walton said Kyle Kuzma will be re-evaluated when the team gets back to LA. With four games left, Walton said there's a possibility the medical staff will decide it's not worth it for him to return.
Tania Ganguli: Among the Lakers players on the injury report who haven’t been officially shut down for the season: Tyson Chandler is out and Kyle Kuzma is questionable for tomorrow’s game in OKC.
Bill Oram: Luke Walton said Kyle Kuzma will probably not play tonight in New Orleans due to some tendinitis in his left foot
Kyle Goon: Josh Hart (knee tendinitis) is QUESTIONABLE tomorrow against the Raptors. Lance Stephenson (toe sprain) and Tyson Chandler (neck stiffness) haven't played in over a week, and they're both listed as QUESTIONABLE. Kyle Kuzma is off the injury report.
Tania Ganguli: Tyson Chandler and Lance Stephenson are out for today’s game against the Bulls. Kyle Kuzma is available.
Tania Ganguli: Kyle Kuzma's MRI confirmed a minor right ankle sprain. He could miss up to a week, the Lakers say. He's been ruled out for Wednesday's game.
Kyle Goon: In their game notes, Lakers say: • LeBron James (load management), Ivica Zubac (left middle finger) and Kyle Kuzma (hip strain) are PROBABLE • Josh Hart (knee tendinitis) is QUESTIONABLE
Brad Turner: Lakers have listed Josh Hart (tendinitis left knee) and Kyle Kuzma (strained left hip) as probable for game at Golden State Saturday. Both Hart and Kuzma played against the Clippers Thursday night.
Dave McMenamin: Luke Walton says the Lakers are preparing as if LeBron won’t be available tomorrow. The Lakers say he is officially listed as out. Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart are both questionable. However Walton said today Kuzma did the most he’s done since sitting out with his hip injury.
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Josh Hart (knee) sat out of practice today. Luke Walton hopes they’ll be able to play on Tues. #Lakers
Kyle Goon: LeBron James is OUT tomorrow against the Suns. Kyle Kuzma did not practice and is QUESTIONABLE.
Lakers coach Luke Walton noticed how Kyle Kuzma’s body movement looked restricted and removed his young forward to determine how much longer Kuzma could be effective against the physical play of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kuzma acknowledged after Thursday night’s game that he’s been “dealing with a little hip strain” for the past week that has impeded his motion. He rejected thoughts of resting because the Lakers have been shorthanded and he figured he could play through the pain. “I just don’t like to sit out games,” said Kuzma, who hopes to play Sunday against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. “But it’s a little give and take. I’m a little hard-headed sometimes, but I gotta see what’s right and what’s wrong.”
None of that mattered to Walton when he saw that Kuzma “didn’t look right.” Walton first pulled Kuzma after he played 4 minutes and 26 seconds to start Thursday’s third quarter. Kuzma returned with 10:39 left in the fourth and wound up playing 28:08, five minutes below his season average. He missed eight of 12 shots, including all four three-pointers, and finished with 10 points. “He didn’t look like he was moving right,” Walton said Thursday night. “He truly loves to compete. I felt like my gut was that he wasn’t able to do what he wanted to do. Now he said he felt fine and he could play, but he didn’t look like his normal self.”
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (back) will return tonight for the #Lakers when they take on the #Mavs on the road. #Lakers
Ohm Youngmisuk: A positive sign for the Lakers: Kyle Kuzma (lower back contusion) will travel with the team today and is listed as questionable to play against Minnesota.
Dave McMenamin: Kyle Kuzma did not participate in shootaround but used the time to get treatment on his back. He’ll be at the game tonight and is considered questionable to play. Also, Michael Beasley returned to the team today.
Tania Ganguli: Kyle Kuzma will get an MRI in the morning for the contusion on his low back. He got hit at some point in the game and played with it for a bit.
Ryan Ward: For the #Lakers season finale against the #Clippers tonight, Lonzo Ball (knee) and Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) have been ruled OUT. Kyle Kuzma (ankle) is questionable
Ohm Youngmisuk: On the likelihood that Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma will not play in the season finale tomorrow night, Luke Walton says their seasons are very likely over as the Lakers play it safe.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball (knee), Kyle Kuzma (ankle) and Brandon Ingram (concussion) are out tonight against Houston. Ingram will be re-evaluated tonight but even if cleared, he very well could sit out tomorrow's finale since it's a back-to-back.
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma (sprained ankle) will not play tonight. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are still out. Ingram being evaluated again tonight for concussion symptoms, though unlikely to play tomorrow in finale even if he’s declared to be free from concussion protocol.
Andy Larsen: Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are both questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Jazz. Ingram still out. Brook Lopez probable.
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (ankle) on if he might get shut down for the season: "I don't know...I'm the worst person to ask that question. I don't know. It's that point in the season where there's 3 games left. It is what it is. It's up to them at the end of the day." #Lakers
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma's ankles are beat up. He was already playing through a sprained right ankle that has bothered him since college last year and now he has a mild left ankle sprain. With three games remaining in the season, Kuzma may have to rest his ankles although he typically tries to play through injuries. "I tried to move and push around [on the left ankle in the third quarter] but it is kind of hard to move around on two flat tires," Kuzma said about trying to play through the latest ankle injury in the third quarter before being ruled out of the game. "My body feels great. At the end of the day, it is just my ankles. I can't tell you anything right now [about playing in the final three games]... [this latest ankle injury is] just really throbbing. [It's] a little different than my last one. My last one was an inside sprain. This is an outside sprain."
Mike Trudell: Brandon Ingram (left groin strain) is out for Monday’s game at IND. The next game isn’t until Thursday at NOP; ideally, Ingram can practice w/contact between games, which is the next step. Meanwhile: Lopez (back tightness) and Kuzma (sprained ankle) are probable at IND.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma (ankle) is out Isaiah Thomas will start his first game for the Lakers alongside Lonzo Ball.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma had an X-ray on his right index finger, which he jammed on a fall, and results were negative. Kuzma says he will be fine.
Ryan Ward: Luke Walton on Kyle Kuzma: “His hand was hurting” Said he “took him out” because of his defense, however #Lakers
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kyle Kuzma (back spasms) is "good to go" against the Nuggets according to Luke Walton.
Kuzma felt better Thursday morning, but the Lakers gave him an MRI exam as a precaution. The exam was negative and Kuzma is day to day because of the tightness in his back. He is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
September 18, 2021 | 12:10 pm EDT Update
The Rockets have officially re-signed guard Dante Exum and waived Tyler Bey to create a roster space for him, according to the NBA’s transactions log. Hoops Rumors’ JD Shaw was the first to report the Bey transaction (Twitter link). With John Wall not expected to play for the team this season as it seeks to trade him, the Rockets were in the market for another point guard. The Rockets’ interest in Exum surfaced on Tuesday.
When the Timberwolves traded up to get Leandro Bolmaro last November in the 2020 NBA Draft (yes, it was less than a year ago… it still feels weird), the question was would it be a year or two before Bolmaro came over from Barcelona to play in the NBA. The answer is one. Minnesota reached a deal and Bolmaro will be with the Timberwolves in training camp, the team announced Saturday. This is not a surprise; he was expected to come over this season. He will be playing on a rookie scale contract.
September 18, 2021 | 8:54 am EDT Update
There are reports that Anthony Davis will play center for the Los Angeles Lakers this coming season with LeBron James taking the power forward position. In the past AD said that he does not love playing the five but can do it if needed. Lakers legend James Worthy thinks that the best option is to use the former number one pick in the post. “I think initiating Anthony Davis in the post is the best option,” Worthy said on Spectrum SportsNet. “I’ve never been one of those players to say ‘I don’t wanna play three, I wanna play four. I wanna play.’ I don’t know what the problem is, maybe who he defends or where he is on the floor. I think the five is a good spot for him. Because other fives don’t have a shot at guarding him.
“You want to make opponents make adjustments. Him at the five shooting three is going to pull Gobert out and they’re going to have to put somebody small on him and he can take advantage of that. I think he needs to look at what position best suits the team and what position best suits how they wanna play before he just says ‘Ahh, one or the other.’”
When these outlandish claims air nationally, it doesn’t take long to go viral on social media. When it does, everyone talks about it and shares it everywhere. When the comments are negative, it can result in fans saying disrespectful things, but this comment did something different. “You got a bunch of white kids that repeat ‘I want Iguodala!’ all the time. That’s just a cool thing about it. But when you break down real basketball. Nah, I wouldn’t do that,” the Warriors vet furthered.
Scottie Barnes: I remember walking into the green room after Adam Silver called my name, and some people from the front office were waiting for me. We were shaking hands, and making introductions, and I was so excited I could barely get the words out. But there was one main thing that I really wanted to get across about myself: I’m ready to work. Not ease into it, not half-do things or make excuses because I’m one of the new guys. I’m ready to work. I’m ready to grind. I’m ready to WIN. And I could tell that the feeling was definitely mutual. So, to the fans, I want y’all to hear it straight from me: I couldn’t be happier to be here in Toronto.
Shane Young: When speaking after today’s event, Jerry West was asked about Steve Ballmer’s passion for the Clippers and the community: “His enthusiasm is real. There’s not one fake thing in him. There’s not. I admire him a lot.”