Home Sports Basketball Oram: What it was like to cover the Lakers in China when... SportsBasketball Oram: What it was like to cover the Lakers in China when the media was shut out October 12, 2019 6 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp SHENZHEN, China — Kyle Kuzma and I are sitting next to the court inside the Lakers’ practice facility as he describes his growing business portfolio in China. There is the fast food chain that puts him on billboards next to the words “King of War” and an image of him dunking on a fried chicken sandwich. There is the sponsorship deal with an iced tea brand. It’s the first Thursday in October, and in four days Kuzma and the Lakers will fly to China, where Kuzma is one of the latest stars to ride the NBA’s popularity in China to build his personal brand. He has two more endorsement deals with Chinese companies he plans to announce while the Lakers are in Shanghai, the continuation of a plan he hatched early in his rookie season during his now-famous dinner with Kobe Bryant. “I asked him a lot of questions over that night,” Kuzma says. “One of them was about China, how he approached it and how he got into it. Not only for basketball but just… READ NEWS SOURCE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Frustrated in San Antonio, DeMarre Carroll hopeful for new opportunity James Borrego is keeping his rookies in line Giannis Antetokounmpo on Steph Curry: 'Kind of enjoy that he's not playing' Celtics teammates excited to play against each other at All-Star Game Luka Doncic a bit starstruck as he preps for first All-Star Game America Dominates Olympic Basketball, but What About ‘3×3’? Covering high tops, not the mop tops: Michael Jordan’s Bulls were cooler than any rock band A scandalous dunk contest, a 3-point champ who went out the night before, and a $300 million loss from China Watch: Aaron Gordon dunked over Tacko Fall and got completely robbed Pat Connaughton hops Christian Yelich on ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ dunk NBA community reacts to Bam Adebayo's stunning Skills Challenge win Knicks' Mike Miller doesn’t appear ready to give more minutes to younger players LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.