Lakers trying 6-foot-9 Kyle Kuzma at center for first time

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The Los Angeles Lakers are trying different small-ball lineups in training camp, including utilizing the 6-foot-9 Kuzma at the 5. The second-year forward is learning how to play the position, something he has done only in high school.

"It's going well, you know, picking it up," Kuzma said after Lakers practice on Friday. "I have never really played the five before. And I think it will be good for us, having a small-ball unit, getting out and running and gunning."cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Lakers signed JaVale McGee as a free agent and drafted Moritz Wagner in the first round to go with Ivica Zubac on the roster. But Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations, and general manager Rob Pelinka believe the team's roster is flexible, deep and filled with plenty of length and height to allow coach Luke Walton to use a variety of players on the floor in today's increasingly position-less game.4

Walton said entering camp that he had three to four different variations of small-ball lineups he wanted to look at. LeBron James is expected to see some minutes at center in certain situations, as well. Walton said James has been used "all over the court position-wise" and has been calling out defensive coverages from nfl jerseys cheap china

Last season, the Lakers had Julius Randle and Brook Lopez playing most of the minutes at center. Walton often used an undersized center with the 6-foot-9 Randle manning the position often because of Randle's ability to switch and defend multiple positions. Randle signed with New Orleans in free agency and the Lakers would love to find another player who can play center and be able to switch seamlessly into multiple positions.

Walton says Kuzma has that potential.

"Absolutely," Walton said of being able to see Kuzma defend multiple positions as a center one day. "One of the reasons why we are trying him out there is because we liked that versatility that Julius gave us with that ability.

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