Lakers need to hold on to Kyle Kuzma for dear life - Stephen A. Smith | First Take

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  • Published on Jan 10, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman of First Take get into a heated debate on whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers need to trade Kyle Kuzma for another NBA star. Stephen A. explains why the Lakers should hold on to Kuzma for dear life and try to sign Anthony Davis.
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  • David Tucker
    David Tucker 17 hours ago

    Hanging on to Kuzman seems like the right thing to do for the Lakers. Although Ball is thought to have the biggest upside followed by BI m, it was Kuzman who had the most development over his fellow draftees. He seems to be the most instep with Lebron. Their chemistry seems undeniable. While.Ball also ‘thinks’ like Lebron. the problem is he can’t make a shot. So Ball to Lebron is great Lebron passing to Ball doesn’t cause the same buzz. In NO. I think Ball will excel if he stays healthy. I picture Ball with Zion Williamson, drew holiday and Ingram on the wings averaging double assists. That will be a given. He already is a plus defender only to get better as he gains experience. His defensive instincts are already top notch as is his rebounding from the guard position. If Ball improves his shooting percentage both from the field and the free throw line, the sky is the limit for he and his team moving forward. Kudos to David Griffith for extracting every once of juice out of the fruit (orange) that was AD.

  • CAJ Collins
    CAJ Collins Day ago

    LAKERS GOT AD AND STILL KEPT KUZMA 5 MONTHS LATER!!!!

  • Dalt
    Dalt Day ago

    They did!

  • Packz z
    Packz z 7 days ago

    I agree with Stephen A Smith for once xD

  • nabil chowdhury
    nabil chowdhury 2 months ago

    Kuzma has been putting up better numbers last year and this year. And Kuzma is better

  • KemuelG23
    KemuelG23 4 months ago

    if they trade kuz they will regret it

  • John Radz
    John Radz 4 months ago +2

    I’ll pay for Lakers tickets just to watch Kuzma play. This kid is the real deal. He has that killer mentality. I’d trade Lebron before Kuzma.

  • Ethan Dowell
    Ethan Dowell 4 months ago

    on december 20th 2018 SAS says lakers need to do whatever they need to do to get AD even if that means trading brandon ingram. On January 10th 2019 SAS says Lakers need to hold on to Kuzma. SAS is a professional flip flopper

  • 게비스콘
    게비스콘 4 months ago

    keep everybody and keep being a shitteam

  • voetbal12
    voetbal12 4 months ago

    Fuck Kuzma, get rid of him

    • voetbal12
      voetbal12 4 months ago

      @John Radz LeBron is one of the greatest players of all time. Kuzma is in his mid 20's and is fuck all.

    • John Radz
      John Radz 4 months ago

      voetbal12, Fuck Lebron, he’s the problem.

  • Danny Rose
    Danny Rose 4 months ago

    Flint town

  • hbukh jhbui
    hbukh jhbui 4 months ago

    Max actually talks good basketball but don’t know shot about football

  • Ooooeu
    Ooooeu 4 months ago

    stop the bull, kuzma is already a star, big potential, still in the making..

  • John Bodnar
    John Bodnar 4 months ago

    Kuzma is great,

  • HotMessMemories1
    HotMessMemories1 4 months ago

    What “cracks in the warriors”?

  • DropSixteenTV Tv
    DropSixteenTV Tv 4 months ago

    Brah this team is young, they going to have to play together to get better. Buff the bench and be paitent. If u can get a young star for cheap, then do it.

  • DropSixteenTV Tv
    DropSixteenTV Tv 4 months ago

    Should have gave Gelo a few chips and get him in as a shooter, but mfs were big headed.

  • THUGGWAFFLE88
    THUGGWAFFLE88 4 months ago

    Shit Stephen a Smith has a better hairline that daequan at least...

  • Anthony O
    Anthony O 4 months ago

    The media ALWAYS wants us to trade or let go of all of our young guys for established guys and when we do (dLo, Randle) they remind us how awesome
    They become. Newsflash...MOST guys just need a few years to develop SMDH.

  • John Radz
    John Radz 4 months ago +1

    Kuzma is the future star of the league. A star in the making. You bring AD for what, NO!!! You look for the future. Kyle is just 23 an is just going to get better and better. Even Lebron has 2 or 3 years left. What are you going to do next?
    If the Lakers trade Kuzma, Magic Johnson should resign immediatly!!!!
    Keep Kuzma and the championships will be coming his way.

    • John Radz
      John Radz 4 months ago

      hbukh jhbui, I wouldn’t like the ugliest player in LA.

    • hbukh jhbui
      hbukh jhbui 4 months ago

      John Radz goofy Davis is 25 and is way better than Kuzma it’s not even close.ad is a superstar. Get Davis and maybe Kyrie or kawye and get 2 or 3 rings for sure

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    kaleid collins 4 months ago

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  • Mark Murphy
    Mark Murphy 4 months ago

    Almost mvp in paul george? what are you smoking?

  • Emmet Hawe
    Emmet Hawe 4 months ago

    'A Poor mans Tatum?' Max you need to stfu! Kuz had a better rookie year than Tatum but was playing for a crap Laker team last year?? Tatum just got extra exposure due to C's making the playoffs but Kuz was a stand out and right there with Simmons and Mitchell for ROTY.

  • Wajahat Alii
    Wajahat Alii 4 months ago

    Kuzma > Tatum

  • melekey
    melekey 4 months ago +1

    Kuzma fuckin trash 😂

  • Luka doncic best player in the NBA already

    Kyle kuzma is the perfect player to be the face of the Lakers team they don't realise somebody tell em

  • Harrison Flynn
    Harrison Flynn 5 months ago

    I'm a Laker fan! The reality is that Danny Ainge doesn't care about any of his future picks as players, he's gonna throw most, if not all the picks plus a few players for Anthony Davis. He's probably planned this for a while and Boston will win the Davis bid. Even without Davis the Lakers can create a championship team literally for the start of next season without even losing anything. Lakers can go the Bradley Beal approach and give up on Ingram, KCP, 1st Rnd pick. In free agency, if Cousins is back to healthy, Lakers should offer good contract for his services. Lonzo, Beal, Bron, Kuzma, Cousins with bench of free agents (rondo, stephenson, maybe jeff green) plus youngsters of Hart, Zubac, Wagner and Myk! Sounds like a championship team right there and highly possible! There's always different ways to get back to the top!

  • Hebrew Isralite
    Hebrew Isralite 5 months ago

    Kuz

  • Anthony Hendrix
    Anthony Hendrix 5 months ago

    Ingratiate is Steven A. Smith favorite word but he’s right keep Kuzma trade Zo he can’t shoot and once he gets to the hole he’ll miss or pass it...great defender and great court vision but my guy Kuz is about his buckets and didn’t need the whole dad hype me up bcuz I’m not that good package deal

  • meenmug804
    meenmug804 5 months ago

    Banana?

  • Ezaarkash
    Ezaarkash 5 months ago

    Kuzma is life time LAKER - here to stay - PERIOD !

  • Alexander Mejia
    Alexander Mejia 5 months ago

    What a miss from Lakers,whaaaatttttt are you out of your mind, Paul is not doing enough for the thunders kuzma should stay period

  • lenny ash
    lenny ash 5 months ago

    trade brandon please please trade that man and josh hart spends 43 min on the floor and scores 5 points and he can't guard any body please trade lonzo you can trade his a 2x

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    Lil Bink 5 months ago

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  • 2 PAC
    2 PAC 5 months ago

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  • Bryce Hammerton
    Bryce Hammerton 5 months ago

    Lakers should offer hart ball Ingram and 4 first rounders. I have a hard time believing the pelicans say no to that. also allows lakers to keep kuzma

  • Zhorell Ski
    Zhorell Ski 5 months ago

    Lonzo (lavar) Ball trade that sucker!

  • David Parker
    David Parker 5 months ago

    They do NOT need a Superstar like these fools keep saying. The Lakers lost to Cleveland without Lebron. Let them go through the fire. Let them sow and grow. LeBron will love it come playoff and finals THIS YEAR! A lot of this rhetoric will be on my compilation video at the end of the season and postseason when the Lakers win the FINALS. Yep, I said it! The Lakers are the best team in the NBA right NOW. If LeBron can get to the finals with K. Love and the funny bunch, he can win the FINALS with the deep bench he has NOW!

  • Hank Chinaski
    Hank Chinaski 5 months ago

    Ingram is the one they need to get rid of. The kid holds the ball for too long. If he's going to attack the basket he's got to be quick about it or pass the ball. I hate watching the lakers move the ball well until it comes to Ingram and he'll dribble like six times trying to figure out what he wants to do. Let lonzo, lebron and Rondo facilitate the offense. Ingram needs to catch and shoot, catch and pass, or catch and dribble penetrate, just like Kuzma.

  • Hank Chinaski
    Hank Chinaski 5 months ago

    Lonzo ball is going to be a great player. Court vision, basketball IQ, athletisism, defense, rebounding. It was not a mistake to draft him. The only hole in his game is shot creating / scoring. If he can fix that part of his game he'll be an all star. Only people who dont know the game of basketball or harbor a grudge because of his dad think hes trash.

  • Charles C
    Charles C 5 months ago +1

    Kuzma will be an NBA All-Star within 2 yrs keep him & pay him

  • Tekno
    Tekno 5 months ago

    Why are we giving lonzo ball a pass, he has games where he scores 0 points in 36min. That is disturbingly low.

  • mrchicago87
    mrchicago87 5 months ago

    NO TRADES...

  • VT
    VT 5 months ago

    Max Kellerman has no clue. And please stop with the defense crap. BI doesn't play any defense.

  • Pascall Williams
    Pascall Williams 5 months ago

    Forget the offense....the king is here, lets get some exoerienced guys(that can defend)bcuz our defense is shit...our offense was never a problem........

  • Focus Focus
    Focus Focus 5 months ago

    So hot so cold where is the loyalty? Keep everyone,we got a winner, we been together for a half-season, you guys forget we beat the warriors twice the second time without LeBron for most of the time. The Cavs just had something to prove they've been made to look like their chomps,this game meant more to the Cavs and it did to the Lakers that's so obvious LeBron will come back they'll make the playoffs they might even win the chip this year!!

  • Pablo De Bella
    Pablo De Bella 5 months ago

    Lakers made the same mistake they made with Paul George with Leonard, Spurs at that moment asked for Hart, Ingram and some picks and the Lakers wouldnt trade because they thought Kawhi would go there on his own. In the end they are stucked with too many young players that are too overhyped and too green to do a decent playoff run.

  • CLK_RSILLIKUS
    CLK_RSILLIKUS 5 months ago

    Kuzma drops 40 now everybody got eyes on him he was averaging almost 20 as a rookie stop sleeping

  • NERVE 100
    NERVE 100 5 months ago

    How the fuck is Tatum better than kuzma

  • Joaquin
    Joaquin 5 months ago

    These guys acting like AD leaving is a given like he hasn’t said in ANY way that he wants to leave

  • PeWNyPnOY
    PeWNyPnOY 5 months ago

    If any ones getting traded it’s going to be bi

  • L1 Highroller
    L1 Highroller 5 months ago

    I think they should go for it

  • Ben Mercer
    Ben Mercer 5 months ago

    Lonzo is turning into a force on D, dont trade him. Kuzma is turning into a force on offence, dont trade him either. Anyone else is fair game.

  • Daniel
    Daniel 5 months ago

    They shouldn't trade Kuzma. The real question is would Magic trade him, and that answer I think is yes

  • SLIP NORRIS
    SLIP NORRIS 5 months ago

    Stephen A Smith worships Kyle Kuzma

  • BIG Blizz
    BIG Blizz 5 months ago

    i’m sick on max he dumb

  • Cyril G
    Cyril G 5 months ago

    Stephen A’s Hair needs to be traded to Bron’s hair.

  • Cyril G
    Cyril G 5 months ago

    How the hell can LA get AD if u will not surrender Kuzma?

  • Ethan Beers
    Ethan Beers 5 months ago

    dude like w eek ago he said nobody is safe lol

  • Benjamin Leyva
    Benjamin Leyva 5 months ago

    This guy needs to stf up cuz Lonzo is the best passer in NBA fight me bro

  • Ezra Brown
    Ezra Brown 5 months ago

    Put some respect on Lonzo name, he gon be rondo/jason kidd 2.0

  • Van Ignacio
    Van Ignacio 5 months ago

    Stephen A. is a poor mans Ludacris....

  • FullThrotle speedking
    FullThrotle speedking 5 months ago

    Max dumb asf

  • dvsworm
    dvsworm 5 months ago

    Banana?

  • Ora Monika
    Ora Monika 5 months ago

    Biggest mistake signing Lonzo?? So much disrespect. Can we let the brother have a few more years before we start saying he's a bust?

  • SolidBoi_Onyx 1
    SolidBoi_Onyx 1 5 months ago

    Indiana had no intention trading Paul George to the Lakers period that wasn’t a miss Larry Bird shut that down

  • ERICK CH
    ERICK CH 5 months ago

    Ingram might stay but Zo Will Be Traded

  • ERICK CH
    ERICK CH 5 months ago

    KD To The Knicks Confirmed

  • Adam McBride
    Adam McBride 5 months ago

    I just love how y’all be making 2k trades for AD. Y’all must think the pelicans are going to trade him to La just cuz he say he wants to go there and he not signing no where else teams don’t care someone will take that chance to win a title and sway a player. And he ain’t sitting out and balling any less no matter what jersey he wearing. Lastly trading for AD will hollow the team out and if AD can’t carry the pelicans what makes you think a hollowed la roster is going to do with AD if lebron gets injured. He a fool if he go be a robin when he already Batman

  • Eddy Shluger
    Eddy Shluger 5 months ago

    The media need to assemble for Leflop another super team.

  • Titus Graham
    Titus Graham 5 months ago +1

    Smh lonzo makes basketball so easy for other Lakers. I Dont know how people dont see it. Look at how many leak out points kuz n Ingram get from lonzo full court passes. Lets not mention how much he sets up zubac n McGee Lately or beastly 19 points in 19 min. Watch lonzo on those buckets. Yea he a horrible free throw shooter n last year he couldn't shoot or finish at rim. Out of those 3 categories he fix 2 of them, its called progression. Rondo didn't learn to shoot till like 7 yrs in.

  • おきちゅhachi
    おきちゅhachi 5 months ago

    Lakers are a PG away, they just not any PG or one that's marginally better than Lonzo they need a dynamite offensive PG who can shoot and spread the floor but also get jiggy off the dribble, Dame Lillard is who I'm thinking he'd be the perfect PG for Lakeshow and would pair great with LeBron, trade is highly unlikely but I'd unload anyone other than LeBron for Dame. Lonzo, Ingram, 1st round pick for Dame in a hypothetical world.

  • calvin brown
    calvin brown 5 months ago

    This is funny, Kuz is not as good as people claim and has cost the Lakers games with his jacking and selfish play and no defense..
    He is simply a Rashard Lewis light player. Ingram is the better player of the 2, way better defender, way better 1 on 1 player, more heart and determination..

  • Young Geez
    Young Geez 5 months ago

    All the Lakers need to do is stick together and let Ball play the 2 role hart at da 1 Kuzma at the 3 an James at 4 cause ain't ah 4 in da game that can hold em #OhyGeez

  • Gerald Leonard
    Gerald Leonard 5 months ago

    Finally someone calls it as it is.. the lakers fell into the hype with lonzo. Lonzo is an okay player who has the talent to be great but he seems to not have the passion for it like kuzma. When you look at the talent they passed up for Lonzo who are already better then him even markannen is a better player then him.. I see exactly what Stephen A is saying

  • kevin
    kevin 5 months ago

    Lol tatum better than kuzma. Good one max

  • Thayslan Costa
    Thayslan Costa 5 months ago

    Max is hating, Kuz is '99 Kobe

  • gondarX
    gondarX 5 months ago

    This is obvious, which is why I'd be surprised if they can get AD without trading Kuz away. Kuzma>Ingram

  • Lakher Siakhai
    Lakher Siakhai 5 months ago

    Kyle Kuzma is the second best players in the Lakers roster so,don't trade him with any of the superstars.Next season he will be the NBA Superstar

  • Ver Giron
    Ver Giron 5 months ago

    why are you always talking about LA??? I've never heard you talk about Aldridge and the spurs, aldridge is unstopable inside, very dangerous to play against in the playoff, Add AD to the lakers and it will not be enough to beat the warriors,Spurs might beat the lakers in the playoff.

  • Swoosh Walker
    Swoosh Walker 5 months ago

    why still talking about paul george? he's where he is. don't have have other topics?

  • Lilgoat Biggoat
    Lilgoat Biggoat 5 months ago +1

    SAS looking like he misses Skip Bayless. SAS should sign a Max deal with FS1.

  • Markeyes Justice
    Markeyes Justice 5 months ago

    This the same nigga that said pack him up and let him go

  • Chris Plambeck
    Chris Plambeck 5 months ago

    I am so glad u 2 are in Media and not GM's....and pleasw hurry up deadline so these bitch assd mofos can talk about something else other than trading LAKER players....

  • Emir Hankour
    Emir Hankour 5 months ago

    When will Max just stop talking about basketball ffs

  • aldrin phillips
    aldrin phillips 5 months ago

    STEPHEN A SHIT man what are you smoking!!? Are u DRUNK!! Trade LONZO BALL..LONZO BALL WILL BE ONE OF THE GREATEST POINT GUARDS of ALL TIME!!
    BLASTED BASKET BALL DUNCE!

  • SIX7 250LBS ACTOR
    SIX7 250LBS ACTOR 5 months ago

    Restore!🤣🤣

  • Taste of Twenty
    Taste of Twenty 5 months ago

    Best player in the near future will be Giannis. He'll over take Lebron very soon.

  • BrokeBot
    BrokeBot 5 months ago +1

    No

  • Soupun Sillem
    Soupun Sillem 5 months ago

    Kuzma and Ball thay can play with or without LeBron..pls don't trade the Laker feature.

  • Justin Y Brother.
    Justin Y Brother. 5 months ago

    I dont know whats going on

  • Jooeey Perera
    Jooeey Perera 5 months ago

    i say lets stay with the young guys because they will be the futures best players

  • Soupun Sillem
    Soupun Sillem 5 months ago

    we don't need the star.we need the championship.
    fans from Micronesia.

  • Soupun Sillem
    Soupun Sillem 5 months ago

    yes don't make a trade..Kuzma stay in Laker.

  • marcedout
    marcedout 5 months ago

    Max we dont give a fucc about Paul George

  • Rodney Robinson
    Rodney Robinson 5 months ago

    Lonzo has to go asap,molly you are getting to be anoring let the fellows taik then give your input,stop trying to over talk or talking at the same time

  • Dany Deee
    Dany Deee 5 months ago

    Fuck Paul George

  • SolteroConDinero
    SolteroConDinero 5 months ago

    Lakers were on the right path with the young talent before they decided to join the Lebron circus

  • Eliam Sousa
    Eliam Sousa 5 months ago

    Funny debate... it seems they desagre with eachother but is just different points

  • Jason Stegriy
    Jason Stegriy 5 months ago

    Lakers should keep who they have. They just need more growth and they will win it all