Kyle Kuzma believes “a lof of people are probably jealous” of the Lakers’ success this season.
Having beaten racked up several impressive road wins, after enjoying a light early-season schedule, Los Angeles is now starting to crow about its League-leading play.
Led by Anthony Davis‘ season-high 50 points, The Purple and Gold moved to 10-2 at home (and 21-3 overall) with a 142-125 Sunday night blowout of the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.
Per The Athletic:
“Everybody is just going to say something about us just because we’re the Lakers and we’re winning,” Kyle Kuzma said. “A lot of people are probably jealous of us.”
As a reporter asked Kuzma whether that skepticism had served as motivational fuel for the Lakers, at the next locker over [Dwight] Howard grimaced and rolled his shoulders in a disbelieving shrug, as though to ask how that could even be a question.
“We’ve played a lot of teams. We played a lot of tough road games,” Kuzma said. “It’s tough to win in San Antonio, tough to win in Denver, tough to win in Utah, tough to win in Dallas.”
Things were supposed to get tougher. Not breezier.
“When you’re the No. 1 team in the league, people are going to find a way to come out and shoot a higher field-goal percentage than what they normally shoot, find ways to make plays, to get stops, play harder and we got to embrace that,” Davis said.