凯尔·库兹马的全能进化之路

发布:STOKES 时间:2018-12-06 20:22 阅读:335 点击收藏

作者:Joey Ramirez
译者:Davis
校对:Lincoln&FangSir

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凯尔·库兹马清楚外界对他的评价,但不代表他赞同这些说法。

上赛季他在新秀得分榜上排名第二。每当有人质疑他的能力的时候,他都会用火热的表现做出完美的回击。

“我并不以防守见长,如果你时刻关注我们的赛季进程,你会发现每打一场比赛,我都会进步,我全力以赴只为提升自己。我想成为一个全能的球员。所有伟大的球员都是攻守兼备的。”库兹马在上周日击败太阳的比赛之后说道。

不过在主教练卢克·沃顿的帮助下,库兹马正在迈向全能。沃顿没有再让他去低位与大个子们缠斗,而是让他拉到外线去防守——最近与他对位的都是卢卡·东契奇,博扬·博格达诺维奇,约什·杰克逊这些球员。

沃顿说:“我们发现,他在对位这类球员时往往表现出色。专注于防守会让他受益无穷。我们考虑的是到底把他放在什么位置上才能充分的发挥他的身高、力量和运动能力的优势。他在这方面做得无可挑剔。”

库兹马身高6尺9,体重220磅.这并不是一个能在球场上遮天蔽日防遍全场的身材。但是他近几周的表现着实出色,尤其是三连胜期间。

他甚至能够跟得上博格达·诺维奇和乔尔·英格尔斯,这两位可都是联盟中顶级的借掩护投篮的高手。

库兹马说:“对于那些家伙,我要时刻保持警惕。我甚至有点喜欢这种挑战,它会吸引我沉浸其中,无法自拔。因为一旦你在这场追逐游戏中出现一丝纰漏,他们就会毫不留情地在你脑袋上射进那些投篮,所以我可不想成为他们庆祝的背景板。”

库兹马能打出如此出色的防守表现得益于位置的转变—泰森·钱德勒的加盟让他拉到外线成为现实——先前湖人让他替补中锋实在是出于无奈。

钱德勒加盟之后的13场比赛,湖人打出了高质量的防守,防守效率排在联盟第二(101.7)。

对于新角色,库兹马如鱼得水。这位二年级生坦承他以前在防守端过于保守,但最近他开始变得极为激进。

虽然沃顿从来没有质疑过库兹玛所说,他要成为一名优秀的防守球员的承诺,但他对结果却是直言不讳。

“他天生不是那块料,但他极度渴望成为这种球员。他会在凌晨2点给我发短信,告诉我他正在看的一个录像片段,比如,“面对这种情况我应该怎么应对?”而且他从赛季开始一直坚持到现在。”

从踌躇满志到细心打磨(过去三场他抢下29个篮板),库兹马把精力投入到了防守端的每个方面。

沃顿表示,教练组对库兹马在个人防守、球队掩护以及转换防守等诸多方面的表现都很满意。

勒布朗·詹姆斯说:“他不允许任何人给他贴上得分手的标签,他的野心不止于此。在进攻和防守上他都在不断进步。他要做的是一个全能型球员。”

库兹马做的最好的一点是,它没有以牺牲进攻为代价换取防守的复兴。在过去的5场比赛中他有3场得分超过20分,而在前18场比赛他只有4场得分超过20分。

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尽管他的三分还未火力全开(只有32.3%),但是库兹马在这五场比赛中场均也能得到18.2分,。虽然在这期间他几乎一半的投篮都是3分,但他在两分球上的效率非常高(64.7%),这也某种程度上平衡了他的效率。

作为去年NBA的顶级得分手之一,库兹马正在找回进攻的感觉,过去五场比赛,他在禁区内19投15中,(非油漆区11中6),命中率高的令人发指。

库兹马也在进一步打磨进攻端的技巧,尤其是传球。过去的五场比赛中他送出了19次助攻,而在之前的五场比赛中他只有一次助攻。

这19次助攻里有9次都是他在转换进攻中觅得良机将球传给了最容易得分的队友。

不过最让沃顿欣慰的是库兹马在半场进攻中对球的分配。他并不是一味的单干,而是更多的为队友去做球。

所以当库兹玛在对太阳的比赛中给钱德勒送出一记空接时,他反复确认沃顿(从座位上站起来为他鼓掌)看到他送出了一记无私的妙传。

“是的,我当时指着他,”库兹玛笑着说。“他总是说我没有传球,所以我必须确保他看到了那记妙传。”

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原文:**

Kyle Kuzma's All-Around Evolution

Joey Ramirez

Kyle Kuzma is aware of his reputation. He just doesn’t agree with it.

Last season he was second among rookies in scoring. And while few could question his ability to fill the bucket, he took heat for his capacity to protect it.

“I think the narrative is I don’t play defense,” Kuzma said after Sunday’s win over Phoenix. “If you watch how the season progresses, I have been getting better and better every single game, just making the effort. I just want to be a complete player. All great players do it on both ends.”

But Kuzma is in the process of rewriting that narrative, with an assist from his coach, Luke Walton. Rather than having his power forward battle bigs down low, Walton has tasked Kuzma with tracking perimeter players — including recent matchups against Luka Doncic, Bojan Bogdanovic and Josh Jackson.

“He’s done a nice job on those type of players, we’re finding out,” Walton said. “It’s good for him to have a mission out there to be able to focus on defensively. We’re looking for matchups that we can use his size and strength and athleticism to give us an advantage. He’s done a really good job of that.”

Listed at 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Kuzma is far from the prototypical frame to be checking guards and wings. But he has done an excellent job of it over recent weeks, including the Lakers’ current three-game winning streak.

He has even been able to successfully tail Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles — two of the league’s top shooters off screens — around pick after pick.

“I’ve always kinda guarded perimeter guys,” Kuzma said. “I’m a little bit more comfortable guarding guys off screens. It kinda keeps me engaged in the game, locked in. Because if you fall asleep on a shooter, they’re gonna come off that screen and hit, so I don’t wanna get yelled at (laughs).”

Putting Kuzma out on the perimeter has been the biggest cause of his formidable defense — something made possible by the signing of Tyson Chandler. Prior to that, the Lakers had Kuzma play backup center, largely out of necessity.

In the 13 games since Chandler joined, the Lakers have put teams on lockdown, ranking second in the NBA in defensive rating (101.7).

Kuzma, in his new role, has been a huge part of that. The sophomore conceded that he has often times been too conservative on the defensive side, recently shifting his approach to “ultra aggressive.”

And while Walton never questioned Kuzma’s commitment to becoming a plus defender, he was blunt about the results.

“He just wasn’t good at it,” Walton said. “But he had the desire. He’ll text me at 2 in the morning a clip of some film that he’s watching, being like, ‘What should I have done on this?’ He’s been doing that since he got here.”

From taking a charge (see above) to cleaning the glass (29 boards in his last three games), Kuzma’s newfound engagement has bled through every facet of his defense.

Walton relayed that the coaching staff has been pleased with Kuzma’s defense in numerous areas, including individual matchups, team coverages and post battles.

“He’s not allowing anybody to just put a cap on him and say he’s a scorer,” LeBron James said. “He wants to be more than that. He’s been continuing to get better and better. Not only offensively, but defensively as well. He’s just playing all-around solid basketball.”

And the best part about Kuzma’s defensive renaissance has been that it hasn’t come at the expense of his offensive production. He has scored 20-plus points in three of his last five games, after doing so just four times in his first 18.

Kuzma has averaged 18.2 points across that five-game span, even though his 3-point shot hasn’t awoken during it (32.3 percent). And while nearly half of his attempts in that sample have been 3’s, he has been so effective on two-pointers (64.7 percent) that it has balanced out his efficiency.

One of the NBA’s top post scorers last year, Kuzma has gone back to his roots, leading to a sizzling 15-of-19 clip inside the restricted area (plus 6-of-11 in the non-restricted paint) over the last five games.

And Kuzma’s offensive game is developing as well, particularly in the passing department. He has 19 assists in his last five games after dishing just one in his previous five.

Of those 19 dimes, nine have come in transition, as Kuzma has done a nice job of finding the man with the biggest advantage on fast-breaks.

But Walton has been happiest with Kuzma’s distribution in the half-court, making the extra pass by giving up solid looks for himself in the interest of open attempts for teammates.

So when Kuzma sacrificed a floater against the Suns to gift Chandler a dunk, he double-checked that Walton (who got out of his seat and applauded Kuz) was watching.

“Yeah, I pointed at him,” Kuzma laughed. “He’s always talking about me not passing the ball, so I had to make sure he saw that one.”

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