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I am highly critical of Walton’s recent personnel decisions. Immediately after Kuzma’s 30/14 game, Walton implicitly criticized Kuzma’s ball movement in the post-game press conference, saying he needed to look for more assists. Ever since that game, Kuz has shown more hesitation on taking the open shot or driving to the rim. He is our best offensive weapon and his ppg went up significantly when he was inserted in the starting lineup for Nance. Nance comes back tonight from injury and replaces Kuz in the starting lineup getting 30 minutes to Kuz’ 20. Kuz (15 puts) and Clarkson (17 puts) were scoring well with high fg percentages, but Walton went with Ball (3 pts on 1 for 7) and Nance (9 pts) down the stretch. Nance should have come off the bench first game back with fewer minutes than Kuz and Clarkson and Kuz should have joined KCP, Ingram and Randle on the floor down the stretch, especially with Griffin out. Kuz has been our best scorer with a high fg percentage and good foul shot, yet for some reason Walton diminishes him but helps constant praise on Ball (a liability down the stretch with extremely weak fg and abysmal free throw percentages. I just don’t get it and don’t like it. It reminds me of Byron’s mistreatment of Russell.
Kobe Bryant posted a topic in PodcastsThe LN Podcast has Trevor Lane and Hannah Kulik on week 1 of the Lakers season. Kyle Kuzma, Jordan Clarkson, and Lonzo Ball are all playing well, and it looks like Julius Randle may be finally getting back into the swing of things: http://traffic.cast.plus/58b6aa22c1565b14767ff48b/traffic.libsyn.com/lakersnation/054_Week_1.output.mp3