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 5 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 Raptors locking up Pascal Siakam in a long-term extension Pistons to retain Christian Wood 2014 first-round pick Tyler Ennis heading to Raptors' G League team The Center of the N.B.A. Universe Moves to Los Angeles With Room at the Top of the East, the 76ers Could Soar Heat suspend Dion Waiters for 'conduct detrimental to the team' Russell Westbrook, James Harden cheer on the Astros behind the plate in Game 6 Former Nevada star Caleb Martin agrees to deal with Hornets, joins brother Cody Watch: Buddy Hield jokingly makes money sign at GM Vlade Divac 2019 offseason in review: Oklahoma City Thunder What the timing of the Pascal Siakam extension says about the Raptors plans Jazz, head coach Quin Snyder agree to long-term extension 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.