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Former Utah Forward Kyle Kuzma Set To Make NBA Season Debut

#0 Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the match against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma is scheduled to make his NBA season debut against the Dallas Mavericks.

The former Ute has missed the Lakers’ first four games of the season recovering from a stress reaction in his left foot. He will play in his first game of the 2019-20 schedule against the Mavericks on Friday, November 1 in Dallas.

Kuzma seemingly confirmed that he will play vs. the Mavs via his Twitter account on Wednesday, October 30.

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 main thing is just making sure I’m healthy and (ready to) go,” Kuzma told ESPN before the NBA season began. “It’s a long season, so (missing opening night) won’t affect me mentally or anything.”

Without Kuzma, the Lakers have posted a 3-1 record including a 95-86 win over the Utah Jazz in their second game of the season on October 25.


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The former Utah forward is entering his third NBA season, all with the Lakers. He has played in 147 games in his NBA career. He’s averaged 17.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting. He’s also added 5.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per contest.

In 2018-19 he averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 boards, and 2.5 assists.

The Lakers face the Mavericks on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.