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According to Daniel Starklands' article of 11/18/2017 "Luke Walton Calls Loss To Suns A ‘Teaching Moment’"  he states that "Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma had a career night in the loss, scoring 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds, becoming the first Laker rookie to put up a stat line like that since Magic Johnson." Evidently Daniel is biased against Lonzo as he conveniently seems to forget the first game against the Suns on 10/20/17 when Zo went 29,11,9 and last night Kuz went 30,10,1. In my opinion Lonzos' stats are much better in that first game than Kuzmas' were last night. Not to take anything away from Kuz because arguably, right now, he is playing better than anyone else on the team.

Come on Mr. Starkland. Get your facts straight prior to writing an article.

 

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It is an admittedly arbitrary line, but technically Lonzo didn't get 30 and 10 and the Lakers were the ones that pointed it out, so I highly doubt it was any shade for Lonzo

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The expectations on Lonzo wouldn't be so bad if the last two No. 2 picks, Russell/Ingram, had posted up better rookie seasons than they did.  Russell's was essentially that horrible 17 win season and Ingram had a poor start, okay middle and fantastic finish for the last 10 gms, but neither lived up to the hype placed unfairly upon them.  Lonzo is dealing with the hype created by his father, his almost spectacular run as a freshman at UCLA and then his draft status as the No. 2 pick and add in the previously mentioned Russell/Ingram situation and one can see that the beat reporter is going to have a field day if Lonzo isn't having a future HOF game everytime he touches the ball.  He's a good, potentially great and if he really can shift into 5th gear soon then he can be that transcendent player everyone is expecting him to be.

He will find his place in this NBA and he will be fine.  Let LaVar scream to the heavens, let the sports reporters either praise him or cut him down, and let the Joel Embiid's of the world taunt him in social media till the cows come home.  Lonzo just needs to be who he is and play his own game.  Ignore the critics.  Ignore the taunts.  Play his game and then leave the game on his own terms.  AFAIK, he's in the current top 10 or 15 assists list and that's where we want him to be ATM.  The rest will come.  I will be patient.  It is for everyone else to decide where they fall.

Edited by LAL1961

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