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ShowtimeForum: “Anthony Davis (eye), LeBron James (groin) and Kyle Kuzma (ankle) are probable to play on Saturday against the Raptors.” – Via NBA Injury Report #LakeShow #Lakers #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/LEsxX6hB3m
But the ESPN reporter goes on to add how Kuzma’s contract, along with DeMarcus Cousins’ injury and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s no-trade clause makes it difficult for the Lakers to do some business. “When you talk to the Lakers, according to some teams I’ve talked to, Kyle Kuzma is available,” he said on ESPN. “It doesn’t mean that they are saying, ‘will you take Kyle Kuzma off our hands’. “But if you want Kyle Kuzma, he is available right now.The challenge is he makes $2million.
Mike Bresnahan: Anthony Davis is listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs. Dallas because of soreness in his right shoulder. LeBron James (sore groin) and Kyle Kuzma (sprained ankle) are listed as probable for the game.
Kyle Kuzma might make his return on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
“He’s ramping up his activity,” Vogel said. “We’re hopeful that, again, no timeline, we’re hoping he gets a full practice in on Saturday and could potentially be available on Sunday.”
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (ankle sprain) has been ruled OUT for #Lakers vs. #Pacers. Anthony Davis is QUESTIONABLE (ankle sprain) pic.twitter.com/mHpKQOxIcB
Dave McMenamin: Kyle Kuzma (left ankle) remains out for the Heat game. Frank Vogel said Kuzma underwent a precautionary MRI which confirmed the ankle sprain. Vogel said Kuzma hasn’t been able to “get over the hump” with the ankle injury and the team wants to give him as much time needed to heal
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma will not play Wednesday against the Orlando Magic because of a sprained left ankle, the team announced. The three-year veteran injured his ankle nearly two weeks ago against the Washington Wizards but had continued to play on it through soreness and discomfort, the team said.
The Lakers’ medical staff stepped in to hold him out against the Magic as the Lakers begin a five-game road trip, hoping the ankle can heal fully before Kuzma plays more games. His status is considered day-to-day.
Harrison Feigan: The good news is that Kuzma told @RealAClifton pregame that his ankle is “getting better.” “It was pretty tough but I just try to fight through things and be on the court for my team… It’s improving every single day. It feels a lot better than last game, so that’s good.”
Dave McMenamin: Kyle Kuzma says he tried to persuade the medical staff to clear him to return to the OKC game after he was scratched in the eye. “God gave me two eyes for a reason,” he says. He expects to play Friday.
Harrison Faigen: Kuzma said his eye only opened back up today. He’ll wear goggles for the foreseeable future. “Big Game Kuz, I like how that sounds,” Kuzma said.
Brett Dawson: Kyle Kuzma has an eye abrasion, per Frank Vogel. Medical team said he could have played if the Lakers had really needed him, but his eye didn’t look good and Vogel opted not to play him.
Dave McMenamin: Kyle Kuzma will undergo further testing on his right eye abrasion either tonight or tomorrow, per the team. The Lakers say an update on his status will be provided tomorrow.
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma says he’ll play up to 20 minutes tonight vs. Dallas. He joked that his conditioning might be a little lacking. “Hopefully I don’t die and need CPR tonight,” he said. Kuzma has practiced only once since sustaining a stress reaction in his left ankle in August.
Ryan Ward: #Lakers list Kyle Kuzma (Stress Reaction, Left Ankle) as PROBABLE for tomorrow’s game vs. #Mavs. Rajon Rondo (Mild Right Calf Strain) as OUT Talen Horton-Tucker (Assignment), Kostas Antetokounmpo and Zach Norvell Jr. (Two-Way Contracts) are with the South Bay Lakers
Mike Trudell: Kyle Kuzma echoed what his coach said, that he’s planning on making his debut tomorrow. Said he thinks he showed gains with Team 🇺🇸 in defending, playmaking and hitting shots that fits right into what the Lakers can use. Also: he can handle the ball, or pop in screen/roll.
In what will be his first competitive game since suffering a stress reaction in the summer, Kuzma is not expected to exceed the “15-to-20” minutes range, according to The Athletic/Stadium’s Shams Charania. Kuzma played in his first real practice on Wednesday with the South Bay Lakers, the team’s G League affiliate, before being recalled to the Lakers immediately after.
Shams Charania: Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma will make his season debut on Friday against the Mavericks in Dallas, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Positive sign, as Kuzma will be eased back into Lakers rotation.
ShowtimeForum: “More good signs for Kuzma: He would’ve likely practiced with Lakers today had they not cancelled it after beating Memphis last night. LA Lakers will practice tomorrow, presumably with a healthy Kuzma, before heading to Dallas for Friday’s game.” -@Mike Bresnahan #lakeshow pic.twitter.com/xNCv5HntqV
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma (stress reaction, left ankle) has been assigned to the South Bay Lakers in order to practice with them today. He will rejoin the LA Lakers later today and travel with the team for the upcoming three-game trip to Dallas, San Antonio and Chicago.
Tania Ganguli: Some minor news on the Kyle Kuzma front: the plan is for him to practice with the South Bay Lakers tomorrow (Los Angeles Lakers are off) as he works toward returning to the court. He’s going on the road trip and the Lakers are hoping to get him back during it.
Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says it’s a possibility that Kyle Kuzma will make his season debut during the Lakers’ upcoming three-game road trip through Dallas, San Antonio and Chicago.
Ryan Ward: #Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker have once again been ruled OUT for tomorrow game vs. #Grizzlies. Rajon Rondo remains QUESTIONABLE.
Tania Ganguli: Kyle Kuzma did more four on four today. He said he did about 10 minutes the other day and 25 today. Unclear how close he is to five on five, but he’s been reacting well.
Ryan Ward: As of right now, Kyle Kuzma and #Lakers rookie Talen Horton-Tucker are OUT for tomorrow’s game vs. #Hornets. Rajon Rondo remains QUESTIONABLE.
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel said Kyle Kuzma was able to play 4-on-4 live with assistant coaches today, which is the most he’s done since his injury.
Brandon: GET WELL SOON, KUZ. Kyle Kuzma: Soon my friend soon.
Tania Ganguli: Kyle Kuzma has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game. He didn’t do any contact work today.
Mark Medina: Kyle Kuzma cleared for non contact drills.
Kyle Kuzma: Can’t wait to hoop ahhhh
For Kuzma, that means a delayed start to his third NBA training camp. There’s a good chance he misses part of the regular season too. “He’s missed a significant amount of time already,” Vogel said. “We’ll see where he’s at when we get back from China [for two exhibition games]. Hopefully he’s cleared and we can start activating him for practice. We’ll be smart still.”
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma (stress reaction, left foot) shooting threes more naturally today, not off one leg like earlier this week. Lakers plan to issue a status update on him in a little over a week. pic.twitter.com/hQ0rv5IVjq
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma (stress reaction, foot) shooting some free throws but no scrimmaging for him today at Lakers’ first practice. He’ll be out of action for at least two weeks.
Though the Lakers will not evaluate Kuzma until after the team returns from China in two weeks, Kuzma expressed confidence he will return at some point during training camp. “It’s good that we caught what I had at the right time, because it is serious, but it’s not serious,” Kuzma said. “It’s all about just rehabbing, getting back to it, progressing well and getting back out there with my teammates.”
Bill Oram: Kyle Kuzma on his injury: “It is serious but it’s not serious. It’s all about getting into rehab and progressing well.”
Mike Trudell: Kyle Kuzma on his foot: “At first I was disappointed because at the time I was with USA Basketball, and that’s been one of my dreams … but at the same time it was good that we caught what I have at the right time.”
Chris Mannix: Kyle Kuzma said he woke up one morning with pain in his foot and “knew something was wrong right away.” Said he had an MRI immediately.
Kyle Kuzma will be sidelined until at least mid-October because of a stress reaction in his left foot, the Lakers announced. Kuzma is still planning to travel with the Lakers for their games in China but will have an MRI examination after the team returns on Oct. 13. The Lakers will play the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai on Oct. 10 and in Shenzhen on Oct. 12.
Kyle Goon: The Lakers are planning to bring both Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker to China. Jordan Caroline is not expected to make the trip.
Marc Stein: More on our AM story: The Lakers indeed expect Kyle Kuzma to miss the start of training camp as he continues to recover from a stress injury in his lower left leg, league sources say. The team will issue a formal update this week, with Kuzma’s rehab said to be progressing well
Marc Stein: The injury, initially labeled “ankle soreness” last month while Kuzma was on @usabasketball duty, forced Team USA to send him home from Australia after the third-year Laker was expected to land a significant frontcourt role for Gregg Popovich
Marc Stein: The more pressing concern for the Lakers, though, is Kuzma’s recent foot injury that forced him to withdraw from @usabasketball duty at the @fibawc , with his recovery said to be progressing slower than hoped. The Lakers increasingly fear Kuzma will not be ready for the start of training camp as his left foot continues to heal, league sources say. LA”s first two practices are Saturday. Left “ankle soreness” was the official listed diagnosis in August when Kuzma was sent home from Team USA’s exhibition tour in Australia
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.
Harrison Faigen: Kyle Kuzma has been officially ruled out for tomorrow’s game against the Jazz.
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.
Kyle Goon: Kyle Kuzma is officially OUT tonight against New Orleans.
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.
Ryan Ward: Both Kyle Kuzma (ankle) and Brandon Ingram (shoulder) didn’t practice today. #Lakers
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: No Kyle Kuzma tonight against the Suns. Josh Hart will start.
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.
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma (bruised back) is out tonight vs. NY.
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
Jonathan Feigen: No Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma or Brandon Ingram for the Lakers vs Rockets tonight.
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.
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Steven Leung: “Right now I want to play.” – Khem Birch on playing for Team Canada in the Olympics. He adds that he can’t make any promises (probably because of his impending free agency), but the desire is definitely there. “The Olympics are on my bucket list.”
Josh Lewenberg: Khem Birch: “Playing for this team means a lot to me. Me and my dad used to watch a lot of Toronto Raptors games growing up… This is a surreal moment for me. I can’t even put it into words. I’m so happy to be here right now.”
Josh Lewenberg: Birch said his cousin had a poster of Carter from the dunk contest on her wall as they were growing up. He also remembers supporting the Raptors through their post-VC struggles. “My dad used to always complain about the team, yell at the TV and stuff. And now I’m on the team.”
In a next-level spinoff this summer, when the Canadian men’s national basketball team tries to qualify for its first Olympics since the Sydney Games in 2000, it will play on the court upon which the Toronto Raptors in 2019 became the first team based outside the United States to win an N.B.A. championship. “We want the entire court to be the lucky loonie,” said Scott Lake, a board member of Canada Basketball who was instrumental in the federation’s bid to obtain that court and host a six-team Olympic men’s qualifying tournament in Victoria, British Columbia, from June 29 to July 4.
It took 11 months, and nearly $270,000 from Lake, a co-founder of the Canadian e-commerce company Shopify, to get all of the court’s puzzle pieces, but Canada Basketball conquered the logistical half of its quest. It plans to soon unveil the reassembled floor from Game 6 of the 2019 N.B.A. finals as a tribute to the Raptors’ title team, then refinish the court with FIBA logos and international basketball markings before installing it at the 7,400-seat Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
Raptors Coach Nick Nurse, who doubles as Canada’s national team coach, endorsed the creativity as heartily as Grunwald. “I couldn’t believe it when they told me what they were trying,” Nurse said. “It’s a great story. Hopefully we can deliver another big accomplishment on that floor and make our own history for Canadian basketball.”