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Kyle Kuzma, who commenced his NBA journey with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017, quickly earned favor among fans for his scoring prowess, positioning himself as a promising young talent.

However, with the arrival of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Kuzma adapted his role, emphasizing improved rebounding and defense. His contributions played a vital part in the Lakers securing the 2020 NBA Championship.

Despite spending the last three seasons with the Washington Wizards, a franchise with different standards, Kuzma retains an appreciation for the passionate Lakers fanbase, acknowledging its unique significance.

“It’s a lot different,” Kuzma said when asked about playing for a team other than the Lakers. “Especially when I came in, I was leading the team in scoring my rookie year. So it was a whirlwind, especially coming from Flint and coming from Utah.

“But this is the best fanbase in the world. They love their team, from one to 17. You feel it, you hear it, you see it online. It’s a tight-knit community here and if they love you, you’ll be global. And if they hate you, they’re gonna hate you too. You take it with it.”