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Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma Controls The Rookie Of The Month Award Out West

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Lonzo Ball (nearly all Laker articles start this way don’t they?!) was meant to be the Rookie of the Year for Lavar Ball sure. The number 2, second pick in the draft was meant to be the second coming in the post-Kobe generation. Especially after the storied purple and gold franchise raised both Bryant’s 8 and 24 jerseys to the rafters in a Mamba moment for the everlasting memories this week.

Sure despite some struggles this could still be the Lonzo Angeles Lakers, but right now the Rookie Of The Year wears purple and gold, but is more than a big baller (and can’t resist trolling and teasing Ball over the boys trainers).

Who would have thought you would have called a number 27 pick R.O.Y.?!

But right now Western Conference Rookie Of The Month Kyle Kuzma is exactly that for games played in November. Whilst in the East its season rookie favourite Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers (technically an injured sophomore) taking home the honors.

Now that Brook Lopez Brooklyn trade which gave the Lakers his draft rights doesn’t seem like such a waste after all (and you’ve seen the other Wookie play right?!). It looks like the Lakers weren’t moving former Point star D’Angelo Russell (like they should just have to a more natural shooting guard spot) to the B.K. to make way for Lonzo Ball after all.

But to make way for Kuz.

Killer Kyle has ice in his veins too. Even if in the clutch right now the Lakers look like Paul Walker’s “yo dude I almost had you character” in the first ‘Fast and Furious’ movie. The Lakers still have plenty of answers to why they are still smiling right now as the young golds future looks bright under the young dubbed Golden State Warriors California sun. Diesel powered by the likes of Ingram, Randle, Clarkson, Nance Jr. and Ball. And let’s not forget the Power Forward who is solving the Julius or Larry P.F. debate by leaving them both on the bench.

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“He should have been a lottery pick”, Warrior league leader Kevin Durant added after some back-to-back close calls with the Lakers this week. And he already knows how good his skinny clone and real emerging Lakers leader Brandon Ingram really is. But like Ball, B.I. should look out for 2K too like every NBA fan with a console under the tree this morning (and to that end Merry Christmas to you and yours from everyone at Basketball Buzz). Kuzma’s even beating his own career high each night. 30 one day. 38 the next. Even after receiving his likeness award in frosted glass, K.K. became the first rookie since the Lakers Jerry West in 1961 of all plus half centuries ago to record three straight consecutive games of 25 points or more.

That’s the logo people.

And to think the kid that’s averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists off 50.4 percent shooting and a team high 37.9 from three has already amazingly become the first Laker rookie since President Magic in 1980 to record at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a single game.

And if that wasn’t enough for the doubters K beat everyone by becoming the first rook to record 330 points, 120 rebounds and 30 made three-pointers in the first 20 games of his career. Forget Rookie of the Year this young blood could be an All Star, franchise face one day.

It’s no wonder Kuzma is the first Lakers Rookie of the Month since original late round Lakers draft steal Jordan Clarkson who started this whole Nance Jr., Ivica Zubac and now Kyle Kuzma thing off.

Now it won’t be long before the Lakers are in Kuz’s control.

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Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

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It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

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Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

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Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

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Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

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Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

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Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

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