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Kyle Kuzma, girlfriend Winnie Harlow have date in NBA Bubble

Kyle Kuzma

NBA players still involved in the playoffs are not allowed to leave their “bubble” on the Disney World campus, so visitors are instead joining them. Kyle Kuzma appeared to have a date with a visitor joining him in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. this week.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward shared photos on Instagram of himself with girlfriend Winnie Harlow. In his caption, he called their time together a “bubble date.”

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Harlow has posted photos of Kuzma on Instagram since June. Their relationship appears to be a new one, as Harlow wished Kuzma a happy birthday in July and said she became “hooked” after endless FaceTime hours during quarantine.

Harlow, 26, is a model and and spokesperson for the skin condition vitiligo

Kuzma (aka “Karl”, right Chuck?) has some days off as his Lakers eliminated the Houston Rockets from the NBA playoffs on Saturday. They are awaiting the winner of Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.

Kyle Kuzma has warning for media over NBA MVP Award

Kyle Kuzma

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma is not impressed so far with the NBA’s award winners.

Kuzma had a warning for the media about the NBA MVP vote, suggesting that if LeBron James doesn’t win, there will be issues.

Kuzma clearly feels that Anthony Davis should have won Defensive Player of the Year, but he lost out to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The same might take place with the MVP award, with Antetokounmpo likely to beat James for the trophy.

Kuzma is backing a teammate. We know that. Giannis is also a star who was the unquestioned leader of the Bucks as they led the Eastern Conference. The Bucks star averaged a career-high 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers made per game, outpacing James in every statistical category except assists. The Bucks also had a better record than the Lakers.

Yes, their playoff run was a huge disappointment, but MVP is a regular season award.

There are some voters backing LeBron for MVP, but their reasons are controversial. Kuzma is probably going to be left disappointed again.

Video: Charles Barkley butchers Kyle Kuzma’s name as ‘Karl’

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley was on another level with his pregame commentary before Game 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers playoff series on Tuesday, and we don’t necessarily mean that in a good way.

Barkley butchered two Lakers players names. He called Kyle Kuzma “Karl,” and then hilariously downplayed it.

As if that weren’t enough, Barkley also called Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (aka “KCP”) “CP3,” which is actually Chris Paul’s nickname.

Look, we don’t want to say that Barkley was maybe drinking something before the show, but between these name mix-ups and him saying Portland will win the series, there is a good reason to question his sanity. We jest when we say he may have been drinking, but it wouldn’t be the first time Barkley showed up for work drunk.

Kyle Kuzma admits Blazers would be tough matchup for Lakers

Kyle Kuzma

The Portland Trail Blazers have officially climbed to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference for the time being, and their potential opponents in the first round of the playoffs are taking them seriously.

Addressing the media Wednesday, Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said that he was not afraid of seeing Portland in the opening round but did admit that it would be a “tough matchup,” per Lakers reporter Ryan Ward.

The Blazers have gone 5-2 in the bubble to jump the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 spot. Indeed, their high-scoring backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum would be difficult for the Lakers to contain without their top perimeter defender, Avery Bradley. Meanwhile, Portland’s trio of seven-footers in Jusuf Nurkic, Hassan Whiteside, and Zach Collins could counter the bigs of the Lakers, who are one of the league’s top rebounding and shot-blocking teams.

While the Blazers still need to win a play-in series to even get to the Lakers in the first place, they are playing with a real swagger right now, and that will make them a challenging out for any team they face in the playoffs.

Kyle Kuzma has hilarious comment about his fearlessness in taking shot

Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma offered a hilarious comment about the final shot he took to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

Kuzma made a 3-pointer with under a second left to break a tie and give the Lakers a 124-121 win.

Kuzma was able to get an open look thanks to a perfectly drawn up play by the Lakers. He made the shot despite 7-foot-2 Bol Bol leaping at him to try blocking the shot. Kuzma said that Jesus could be in front of him and he would still probably shoot.

Kuzma got to start in the game, which is rare since he’s mostly come off the bench this season. He offered another great comment about that, saying everyone knows he would be a starter for any other team.

He’s mostly right — playing behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis does limit his opportunities. But he looked great in his start on Monday, scoring 25 points on 11/16 shooting for the win. Lakers coach Frank Vogel does not expect Kuzma to start regularly despite the strong performance on Monday. Maybe Vogel was right about Kuzma though.

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Kyle Kuzma has message for long-suffering Lakers fans

Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma had a message for the long-suffering Los Angeles Lakers fans after the team’s win on Monday.

The Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 116-108 to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds to help the team lock up the win and the top seed. Kuzma scored nine points in the win, and then shared a tweet for the “real Lakers fans”.

Ah, yes, we should all shed a tear for those down-on-their-luck Lakers fans, who have had to go 10 years without a championship. It must be tough for a fan base only having 16 championships.

Kuzma is only in his third season with the team, and they have gone from 35 wins to 37 last season to 51 this year. He wasn’t even part of the team for their four straight seasons of no more than 27 wins between 2014-2017, but he does think about them.

The Lakers are among the top contenders to win the championship this season.

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Frank Vogel raves about Kyle Kuzma’s restart efforts

The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t shying away from raising expectations for Kyle Kuzma’s restart.

Kuzma scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting on Saturday, knocking down five threes in a scrimmage victory over the Orlando Magic. After that performance, coach Frank Vogel once again suggested that Kuzma is poised for a huge restart.

“What he did today, he did all through our ‘restart training camp’ so to speak,” Vogel said, via Bill Oram of The Athletic. “I’m just really excited about what the restart is going to look like for him.”

Vogel has not shied away from talking about how outstanding Kuzma has been since practices got underway. That seemed to bear itself out in Saturday’s scrimmage. If Kuzma is as good as the Lakers think he’ll be, it’s a huge boost to their title hopes.

The 25-year-old forward has averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season, operating primarily off the bench.

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Kyle Kuzma dominating in Lakers practices

Kyle Kuzma

The Los Angeles Lakers are getting set for a championship push once the NBA season resumes at the end of the month, and they may be getting a nice boost.

Forward Kyle Kuzma has been dominating in practice, according to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.

The Lakers are expecting LeBron James and Anthony Davis to drive their playoff push, but they need other players to step up and help put them over the top against some of the really tough competition they are bound to face. Kuzma is one of those players. If he’s at the top of his game, that will make the Lakers much more dangerous.

The 24-year-old is averaging 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game this season, his third with the team.

Report: Top young NBA players want league-funded insurance policy

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NBA players are still coming to grips with the risks of playing in Orlando after three months on the sidelines. One risk cited by some is an increased risk of injury, and it’s clearly at the forefront of the minds of young players in particular.

To that end, several young stars have asked NBPA officials about seeking league-financed insurance policies to protect them against career-ending injury, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The group consisted of Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell, and Jayson Tatum. All five are members of the 2017 draft class who have bright futures — and potentially huge contracts — ahead of them.

According to Wojnarowski, the NBA and NBPA have had preliminary dialogue about added protections in the event a player suffers a career-ending injury in Orlando. The five players are hoping that their collective voices influence the NBA’s thinking regarding the proposal’s importance to all players who plan to return to action.

While Mitchell doesn’t appear intent on sitting out the restarted season, he made it clear to other players that he has significant concerns about major injuries after a lengthy layoff. The NBA can’t do anything to truly eliminate that concern, but following through with what these players are asking for would definitely be a positive step.

Video: Kyle Kuzma puts crown on LeBron James after win over Clippers

LeBron James is still the King.

James put together an exemplary performance against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, scoring 28 points in a comeback victory. That was enough for teammate Kyle Kuzma to crown his teammate in victory.

It may be a response to a recent ad depicting Kawhi Leonard’s “reign” over Los Angeles. Either way, message sent.

The crown has certainly become an ongoing feature in recent weeks. We saw Giannis Antetokounmpo do it in response to James a few months ago. It’s safe to say, however, that James isn’t letting that crown go easily, and it is probably going to set up a very interesting set of playoff matchups in the months to come.