Kyle Kuzma: 'People Are Underestimating' the Lakers

Kevin Love Tristan Thompson JR Smith Le Bron James Cavs

Kevin Love Tristan Thompson JR Smith Le Bron James Cavs

But Kuzma believes the arrival of James will see them push on from last season right from the off. Anytime a team acquires LeBron James, they're immediately going to become contenders. The Utah Jazz star burst onto the scene as a rookie last season and led his team to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs while finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Ben Simmons. LA has a promising young core with Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball leading the way, which is something that likely played a role in drawing The King to Hollywood.

Reports suggest James may have to wait another season before the Lakers can reach their full potential with more big-name signings.

As for the players listed behind LeBron, New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis is capable of dominating the game on both sides of the ball, which makes him a flawless MVP candidate heading into the 2018-19 campaign.

Among the notable games due to be played in front of a national audience are the Lakers' season opener against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 18 (TNT broadcast), James' first game at Staples Center two nights later (ESPN), his first return to Cleveland on November 21 (ESPN) and a Christmas matchup with the Warriors (ABC/ESPN simulcast).

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"We are both definitely excited about the roster and the pieces that we have", Kuzma said, according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "It is definitely going to be fun playing with all these new guys". All of a sudden they had the two cornerstones for their future dynasty, and Jeanie, like her father before her, knows just how important having stars is in the National Basketball Association.

The criticism won't stop Lakers sophomore Kyle Kuzma from shutting down the skeptics, as the forward says he and James are anticipating the opportunity to prove the additions of Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley are better than expected.

While getting LeBron James was huge, the rest of Los Angeles' offseason has drawn some ire.

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