Lakers Notes: Kuzma, Howard, LeBron, guards

Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma will miss the start of the preseason with a lower leg issue.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma was shooting 3-pointers “more naturally” at practice Friday, as opposed to off one leg like earlier in the week, as relayed by Mike Bresnahan of

Kuzma suffered a stress-related lower leg/ankle injury during Team USA training camp in August. His status is expected to updated next week.

Kuzma is 6-foot-9 and averaged 18.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 70 games last season.

The Lakers open the preseason Saturday against five-time defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors.

Here’s more out of LA:

1. Newcomer Dwight Howard has reportedly impressed early in camp as he battles JaVale McGee for the starting center spot. “Dwight Howard has been all business since he came in this time around,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel told reporters, after saying McGee has looked good, too. “We’re asking our whole group to have a seriousness about ourselves. He’s been an all-business type of guy. It’s really helped us to be focused and working on the task at hand.”

2. Not surprisingly, the Lakers are toying with the idea of LeBron James at point guard. They recently used James at point and Anthony Davis at center in a recent two-minute scrimmage, as reported by Tania Ganguli of the LA Times. “It doesn’t matter to me,” James said. “I do whatever it takes for us to win. So it doesn’t matter. I’m a ballplayer. I’m not a point guard, I’m not a shooting guard, a small forward, power forward or a center. I’m just a ballplayer.”

3. Early in camp the Lakers are also trying to figure out which members of the backcourt mesh best with James. That can be a challenge, as James often takes over ball-handling duties, relegating the natural point guard to the wing. So it will have to be someone comfortable in that role. You can read more here on Amico Hoops.