It was reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Lakers were growing increasingly fearful that Kyle Kuzma would not be ready for the start of training camp. Today, that was confirmed by the team via the press release below from Dave McMenamin/ESPN, with Kuzma scheduled to receive an MRI on his left foot stress reaction after the team returns from its China preseason games.
(The report also points out that Talen Horton-Tucker will miss limited time, with Jordan Caroline missing 10-12 weeks)
The Lakers announce that Kyle Kuzma will be out until at least mid October with a foot injury. pic.twitter.com/F8DzEvN1bp
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) September 26, 2019
The Lakers are set to play two games in China on October 10th and 12th, with the team returning to Los Angeles shortly after as they have a game there on the 14th. That’ll be when Kuzma gets the MRI, which will hopefully reveal nothing else that would keep him out for longer.
Kyle Kuzma was ruled out of Team USA’s final roster on August 24th after he was originally ruled out with an ankle injury. At that time, most people figured it was just precautionary to keep the third-year forward 100% healthy for when training camp came around.
Turns out that that wasn’t true or that his injury was not evaluated correctly, as he will now miss important team activities a whole month-and-a-half later.
We will see what the MRI says, but hopefully, Kyle Kuzma can be ready for the season opener on October 22nd. It definitely doesn’t seem like a certainty, as he will be receiving that MRI only a week prior to their game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Stay tuned with Lakers Outsiders for any more updates on Kuzma’s foot injury, especially after news of the MRI comes out.