Kyle Kuzma Shares Special Kobe Bryant Memories in Farewell Letter to LA

By Chuck Schilken From Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—Kyle Kuzma was nervous. Since joining the Lakers in June 2017, the NBA rookie had waited all summer for the chance to sit down with Kobe Bryant, relentlessly hitting up general manager and Bryant’s former agent Rob Pelinka for such an opportunity. But when he learned the Lakers legend was about to arrive for their first meeting, Kuzma started sweating. And it didn’t get any better once Bryant got there. “All of a sudden Kobe walks in, and it’s literally like Moses spreading the ocean,” Kuzma wrote in “The Players’ Tribune.” “Everybody in the restaurant is just looking at him. And he comes to the table, and he’s like, ‘Kuz, what up man?’ Just completely chill. But I’m like, Oh [expletive], Kobe knows my name.” But Kuzma was quickly put at ease by the future Hall of Famer, who had retired a …

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