Kyle Kuzma cleared for non-contact practice after missing time with left foot injury

Kyle Kuzma
SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #0 Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the match against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers have their first (preseason) game tonight at Staples Center, as the team gets ready to face off against the Golden State Warriors. That entire sentence right there should be enough to create excitement, but LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and D’Angelo Russell will not be playing in the matchup. All of that is somewhat surprising, but not really given that it’s the preseason and the Lakers just got back from a weird China trip where Davis was injured. Another play not playing in tonight’s matchup, which wasn’t surprising at all, was Kyle Kuzma who continues to recover from a left foot stress reaction he sustained in August with Team USA.

The game was able to garner some excitement for Lakers fans, and it didn’t even have to tip-off. This was because head coach Frank Vogel was able to give Lakers fans an update on Kuzma before the game, saying he’s cleared for non-contact practice with the team (via Dave McMenamin/ESPN).

We were expected to get updates on Kyle Kuzma’s injury tonight (as well as Davis’), and the news is definitely positive. This wasn’t surprising, as Kuzma seemed to give us some good vibes regarding his injury with this tweet earlier in the day.

Now with that being said, there’s definitely no guarantee that Kuzma is ready to suit up for the season opener next Tuesday, the 22nd, against the Los Angeles Clippers. In fact, you can almost completely rule it out, as Pete Zayas of Locked on Lakers and Silver Screen & Roll details below:

Ten days from now would be October 24th, which would be the day before the Lakers’ second game against the Utah Jazz. Zayas’ timetable is definitely not set-in-stone as he states that the training staff is completely different this year, but either way, you have to imagine he won’t make it next Tuesday as he hasn’t even started contact drills yet.

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