Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton said that star point guard Lonzo Ball would not play Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz with a lingering knee injury. Walton said that the film the Lakers saw on forward Kyle Kuzma from his college days at Utah were something that intrigued them offensively but that his defensive effort has been impressive during his rookie season. He added that the upcoming offseason will be the most important of Kuzma’s career in Walton’s opinion.
Kuzma said that he was excited to be back in Salt Lake City to eat at Park Cafe, one of his main haunts from his days with the Utes. He deferred when asked to make his pick for the Rookie of the Year Award, citing the triple-doubles Phildelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has put up while also crediting Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell for leading his team into NBA Playoff contention.
You can listen to Walton and Kuzma’s post-shootaround interviews here: