Kyle Kuzma is not just a great player, but he is a phenomenal Los Angeles Lakers insider.
Nobody know the inner workings of the Los Angeles Lakers quite like Kyle Kuzma does.
Noted NBA insiders such as Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski may make a living trying to penetrate West Coast basketball Fort Knox, better known as Staples Center, but Kuzma has got them both beat when it comes to the Lakers beat. Still in the prime of his playing career, here is Kuzma breaking some massive lineup news when it comes to the team he plays on. So what is it?
Kuzma reports veteran forward Jared Dudley could return to action this weekend when the Lakers take on the Indiana Pacers or the New Orleans Pelicans. Dudley has been out since early March with a torn MCL. Apparently, Dudley is just built differently than the rest of us humans. He is a professional athlete, after all.
Kyle Kuzma breaks Lakers lineup news before the NBA beat reporters do
Dudley is in the tail-end of his NBA career out of Boston College. The 37-year-old wing has missed all but 11 games this season. While he rode the pine a lot as a deep reserve player, he has not seen the court since the first week of March. With the Lakers gearing up for a shot at a repeat, maybe Dudley is willing to put his body on the line for another shot at winning a championship?
The Lakers need to win both games over the Pacers and Pelicans to get a top-six seed in the Western Conference. They are in all likelihood going to end up being the seventh-place team in the play-in tournament. If the Lakers beat the No. 8 team, they will be the No. 7 seed in the NBA Playoffs. Otherwise, it will be do-or-die facing the winner of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 game for the No. 8 seed.
This may not be the injury update we were expecting, but good job by Kuzma on his reporting.