“The main thing is just making sure I’m healthy and (ready to) go,” Kuzma told ESPN. “It’s a long season, so (missing opening night) won’t affect me mentally or anything.”
— NBA (@NBA) October 12, 2019
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma will miss the team’s season-opening game against the Los Angeles Clippers as he recovers from a stress reaction in his left foot.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel ruled Kuzma out during the coach’s media availability on Sunday, October, 20.
Los Angeles opens its regular season against the Clippers on Tuesday, October 22.
“Right now, we’re just talking about ramping up his activity, and we’re not going to look past two days from now,” said Vogel. “We’re going to try to increase his workload and activities this week, and we’ll see where we’re at.”
🎥 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 suffered the stress reaction during the summer when he was participating with Team USA as they prepared for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. He was unable to participate in the international tournament due to the injury.
The former Ute told ESPN he was “a little more optimistic” about his injury this past week. It is unknown how long he will be out.
Kuzma is entering his third NBA season, all with the Lakers. In 2018-19 he averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.
The Lakers host the Utah Jazz on Friday, October 25 at 8:30 p.m. (MDT).