The Los Angeles Lakers struck gold when they acquired rookie phenom Kyle Kuzma in the 2017 NBA Draft via trade. Kuzma’s late selection is part of the reason he has taken the league by storm in the 2017-18 NBA season. Needless to say, It was not long before he even got to have dinner Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Although Kuzma has open about some of the intricate details of his meal with the five-time champ, not much has been said about Bryant’s impression of the Lakers’ new star up until recently. To the excitement of fans everywhere, he had nothing but praise for the rookie and even complimented him for having the ‘best’ trait during an appearance on Spectrum SportsNet:
“A lot of GMs are kicking themselves over that one. He’s extremely articulate and very inquisitive. I think that’s always the best trait to have, is curiosity. Because you want to know why things work. You want to know why things happen and how things happen. When you have that kind of curiosity, you’re constantly seeking for ways to improve mentally, physically. That’s the thing that jumped out at me the most.”
It is wild to think that the notion of dropping in this year’s draft is what has helped fuel Kuzma’s immediate success so far. Even the former Utah product himself admits to having a chip on his shoulder after a majority of the league’s general managers passed on him.
It was a good lesson to take away from Bryant, who also entered the league with a bit of an edge after the Charlotte Hornets traded his rights to the Lakers in the 1997 NBA Draft. It goes without saying that having that edge worked out pretty well for the future Hall of Famer.