Kyle Kuzma has revealed his childhood idols and we can say he was a normal kid like the rest of us. However, he was one of the few who grew up to become a basketball player and play in one of the biggest franchises in the NBA.
Well, it looks like he had some inspiration from his idols, who were and are some of the best players in the association during their best days. Talking with Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, Kuzma explained how playing with your idols or trying to imitate them can create a lot of trouble for young players, claiming it was a hard journey, but he made it.
“I can only speak for myself—I’ve dealt with a lot, and I’ve handled a lot,” Kuzma says. “The biggest thing was early childhood, making it out of Flint [Michigan]. A lot of people don’t make it out. It’s a super violent place. It’s hard to really make it to 21 where I’m from. I made it out. That’s the hardest thing a kid can go through.”
Then, when asked about his idols, the power forward didn’t hesitate to name his teammate LeBron James alongside some of the greatest players in the history of the game.
“I had a lot,” he said. “Kobe. Melo. Bron. MJ. Shaq.”
Kuzma is set to join LeBron once again to help the Lakers reach big stages this upcoming season. Last campaign, the 24-year-old averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game for the Purple and Gold, who are seen as the biggest favorites to win the NBA title this term.