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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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Jan 10, 2019

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Andrew Perez
Andrew Perez Month ago
Lmao and here we are with AD and kuzma
King Wani
King Wani Month ago
They did
dj Zamora
dj Zamora 2 months ago
Came here to remind myself how good kuzma is
Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth 2 months ago
Stephen A. with the win.
David Tucker
David Tucker 2 months 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 2 months ago
LAKERS GOT AD AND STILL KEPT KUZMA 5 MONTHS LATER!!!!
Divine Thought
Divine Thought 16 days ago
Stephen A was right Kuz is the one they should have kept and did keep
Dalt
Dalt 2 months ago
They did!
Packz z
Packz z 2 months ago
I agree with Stephen A Smith for once xD
nabil chowdhury
nabil chowdhury 4 months ago
Kuzma has been putting up better numbers last year and this year. And Kuzma is better
KemuelG23
KemuelG23 6 months ago
if they trade kuz they will regret it
John Radz
John Radz 6 months ago
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 6 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 6 months ago
keep everybody and keep being a shitteam
voetbal12
voetbal12 6 months ago
Fuck Kuzma, get rid of him
voetbal12
voetbal12 6 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 6 months ago
voetbal12, Fuck Lebron, he’s the problem.
Danny Rose
Danny Rose 6 months ago
Flint town
hbukh jhbui
hbukh jhbui 6 months ago
Max actually talks good basketball but don’t know shot about football
Ooooeu
Ooooeu 6 months ago
stop the bull, kuzma is already a star, big potential, still in the making..
John Bodnar
John Bodnar 6 months ago
Kuzma is great,
HotMessMemories1
HotMessMemories1 6 months ago
What “cracks in the warriors”?
DropSixteenTV Tv
DropSixteenTV Tv 6 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 6 months ago
Should have gave Gelo a few chips and get him in as a shooter, but mfs were big headed.
THUGGWAFFLE88
THUGGWAFFLE88 6 months ago
Shit Stephen a Smith has a better hairline that daequan at least...
Anthony O
Anthony O 6 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 6 months ago
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 6 months ago
hbukh jhbui, I wouldn’t like the ugliest player in LA.
hbukh jhbui
hbukh jhbui 6 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
kaleid collins
kaleid collins 6 months ago
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Mark Murphy
Mark Murphy 6 months ago
Almost mvp in paul george? what are you smoking?
Emmet Hawe
Emmet Hawe 6 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 7 months ago
Kuzma > Tatum
melekey
melekey 7 months ago
Kuzma fuckin trash 😂
Bill Russell & Tacko Fall Celtic Pride
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 7 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 7 months ago
Kuz
Anthony Hendrix
Anthony Hendrix 7 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 7 months ago
Banana?
Ezaarkash
Ezaarkash 7 months ago
Kuzma is life time LAKER - here to stay - PERIOD !
Alexander the great
Alexander the great 7 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 7 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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2 PAC 7 months ago
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Bryce Hammerton
Bryce Hammerton 7 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 7 months ago
Lonzo (lavar) Ball trade that sucker!
David Parker
David Parker 7 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!
Jason Wolfe
Jason Wolfe 7 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.
Jason Wolfe
Jason Wolfe 7 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 7 months ago
Kuzma will be an NBA All-Star within 2 yrs keep him & pay him
Tekno
Tekno 7 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 7 months ago
NO TRADES...
VT
VT 7 months ago
Max Kellerman has no clue. And please stop with the defense crap. BI doesn't play any defense.
Pascall Williams
Pascall Williams 7 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 7 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 7 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.
Young hooper
Young hooper 7 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 7 months ago
How the fuck is Tatum better than kuzma
Joaquin
Joaquin 7 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 7 months ago
If any ones getting traded it’s going to be bi
Lakers Fan 123456
Lakers Fan 123456 7 months ago
I think they should go for it
Ben Mercer
Ben Mercer 7 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 7 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 7 months ago
Stephen A Smith worships Kyle Kuzma
BIG Blizz
BIG Blizz 7 months ago
i’m sick on max he dumb
Cyril G
Cyril G 7 months ago
Stephen A’s Hair needs to be traded to Bron’s hair.
Cyril G
Cyril G 7 months ago
How the hell can LA get AD if u will not surrender Kuzma?
Ethan Beers
Ethan Beers 7 months ago
dude like w eek ago he said nobody is safe lol
Benjamin Leyva
Benjamin Leyva 7 months ago
This guy needs to stf up cuz Lonzo is the best passer in NBA fight me bro
Ezra Brown
Ezra Brown 7 months ago
Put some respect on Lonzo name, he gon be rondo/jason kidd 2.0
Van Ignacio
Van Ignacio 7 months ago
Stephen A. is a poor mans Ludacris....
FullThrotle speedking
Max dumb asf
dvsworm
dvsworm 7 months ago
Banana?
Ora Monika
Ora Monika 7 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 7 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 7 months ago
Ingram might stay but Zo Will Be Traded
ERICK CH
ERICK CH 7 months ago
KD To The Knicks Confirmed
Adam McBride
Adam McBride 7 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 7 months ago
The media need to assemble for Leflop another super team.
Titus Graham
Titus Graham 7 months ago
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.
いたちイチゴ
いたちイチゴ 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago
Lol tatum better than kuzma. Good one max
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