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The third-year forward for the Los Angeles Lakers Kyle Kuzma says he is not bothered by coming off the bench, even though he started most of the last season:

Per Silver Screen and Roll: “Bench, whatever, I’m still going to get my game off regardless. My past two years, I’ve come off the bench every single year. I just proved myself and made it known that I’m a player. A coach’s job is always to put the best players on the court, and that’s what I’ve showed the past two years.

I’ve started the year coming off the bench, and just prove myself. I’m always going to find my way no matter who’s on the court. I think every time I step on the court, I’m one of the better players on the floor. For me that’s always been my mentality. I’m never worried about things that I can’t control.

My mindset develops every single day being around guys, having a relationship with LeBron. That gives me more confidence, the wisdom that he gives. Being around Magic Johnson and Kobe. Everybody. It grows and grows, matures and creates that mindset that defines you,” Kuzma said.

This past season, the 24-year-old came off the bench for two games.