With the playoffs in full swing, the Los Angeles Lakers are relegated to watching the rest of the 2017-18 NBA season unfold from home. However, power forward Kyle Kuzma is not letting that stop him from getting better.
For many NBA fans, playoffs are the best time of year even if their respective teams are not a part of it. Kuzma said during an appearance on “In The Zone With Chris Broussard” that he is no longer simply a spectator, rather just another student trying to learn more about the game:
“I don’t think you can watch the game as a fan anymore, once you’re a player. You’re just so into getting better and improving, that you’re locked into the game with a coaching mindset. For me, watching the playoffs has been a big experience. I’m learning so much from the game. It’s a completely different game from the regular season to the playoffs.”
It is encouraging to see Kuzma has not let up in his efforts to improve. Watching others partake in the postseason not only adds motivation but it also provides young players with an opportunity to see how teams can ramp things up.
Needless to say, it has been years since the Lakers were fortunate enough to make the playoffs in the formidable Western Conference. However, there is plenty of optimism that their drought will come to an end next season after they potentially sign a few superstars in free agency. Regardless of whether or not they will be able to, there is strong belief that Los Angeles already has enough talent to make a playoff run on just the young core alone.
It goes without saying that Kuzma is one of the main reason for this newfound sense of optimism. Not only did he show plenty of promise on the court in his rookie campaign but he also displayed a tremendous sense of professionalism off the court with his relentless approach to getting better.