After suffering the first significant injury of his career along with the Lakers missing the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs, the media is questioning the 34-year-old at this stage of his career. On a Lakers team featuring Davis and LeBron James, the pressure will be on Kuzma to step up and become the team's de facto third star, and making Team USA would be a great way to continue the journey down that path.
LeBron is organizing a team minicamp that is expected to take place in Las Vegas next month before the Lakers start their official training camp, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Training camp begins in September and for LeBron, that's too long of a wait to get the team together.
While new duos have formed and there are 8-10 legitimate championship contenders, the Lakers are viewed as the favorites.
Through the drama-filled start to the offseason, the Lakers have recovered nicely and most importantly, James' commitment to them has not wavered.
It has to be noted that numerous top players in the league, including James Harden, Damian Lillard, and the Lakers' own Anthony Davis, dropped out of consideration for the team, choosing instead to spend time stateside preparing for the National Basketball Association season.