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From the day I became a Laker, I had one thing on my mind…Says Kuzma

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From the day I became a Laker, I had one thing on my mind…Says Kuzma

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Kyle Kuzma said in his letter to Lakers Family about Kobe.

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I had to have a sit down with Kobe.

That whole summer I was banging down Rob Pelinka’s phone every damn day trying to get hold of Mamba.

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I’m hitting Rob all the time like, “Come on, help me out. I’m trying to talk to him.” And this goes on for like a minute.

Then finally one night, we’re in Minnesota for a game the next day. It’s almost 11, I’m stretching in my hotel room, and I get a random text, just out the blue.

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“Yo, this is Bean. Let’s do dinner. Sunday when you guys get back.”

I’m like, This is Kobe….. texting my phone. What the fuck is going on right now?

So I show up at the restaurant that Sunday.

I’m always on time for dinner, but tonight I’m 15 minutes early. I’m just sitting there for a while, until his security shows up. They walk in, and they’re like, “Hey, we’re gonna take you back to the table. Kobe’s almost here. Driving in right now.”

So now I’m sitting at the dinner table, and I’m just waiting.

We have two tables because one table’s for me and Kobe, and the other table’s for his three or four security guards. And I’m just sitting at the table by myself waiting for him. I’m on my phone, I’m thinking about this dinner, I’m sipping water, I’m thinking about how it’s gonna go. And then one of the security guys gets up from his table. He walks over to me and says, “Hey. Kobe just parked. He’s two minutes out.”

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I’m like, “Alright, cool.” But on the inside I’m just fucking sweating, and I don’t even know why I’m sweating right now. I have a white t-shirt on, and I’m looking at my shirt like, Dang.

All of a sudden Kobe walks in, and it’s literally like Moses spreading the ocean. 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 shit, Kobe knows my name.

We’re at that table for about two hours. And we’re just talking about life, basketball, how I grew up, how he grew up. The ups and downs of his career. We talked about his business life. Things that really influenced him. The cool thing with Kobe — he was always trying to get smart. He was always trying to gain knowledge, and he’d find that from anything. So he’s not just sitting there answering questions. He’s asking me all this stuff, too. Man, just like, “How has your upbringing shaped you? How do you think it’s helping you in your pro career right now?” Things like that. And he didn’t have to do those things, but he did.

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That was a really cool night for me. It’s a memory that just gets more important and more special to me as time goes by.

But you know, that really just speaks to how many people I’ve had the chance to meet and build relationships with here. There’s Kobe, but I’ve also had great mentors like Magic, and Robert Horry (he’s always checking in), and James Worthy. And having LeBron here, you obviously can’t get better than that. I was always trying to beat LeBron to the gym. I don’t think he even knew. That was just a goal I had for myself. And other guys, too. Having Anthony be the type of defensive player he is has really inspired me. Having Rajon teach me the essence of watching film has been so important.

I’ve accumulated all of that knowledge over four years, man.

It really just blows my mind. That’s the best way I can put it. I’m incredibly grateful for all the relationships, everything I’ve had in Los Angeles.

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Mick Schumacher feels up to the Hamilton cockpit

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Lewis Hamilton’s cockpit will be vacant at Mercedes in 2025. Mick Schumacher is also a candidate for successor. He feels ready for the task.
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The change from Lewis Hamilton will free up a cockpit from 2025 that very few people in the Formula 1 paddock had expected. Theoretically, Mercedes is in no hurry to find a suitable successor; the list of candidates is long.

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Mick Schumacher is also on the list, after all, the 24-year-old is a reserve driver at Mercedes. Therefore, it is logical that he is at least in the selection. However, he should only have outsider chances.

However, he feels ready to succeed Hamilton. After all, the shoes to fill are huge given Hamilton’s seven world championship titles (six of which he won with the Silver Arrows).

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“It is of course a position that brings with it a lot of pressure. But in terms of feeling, I’m a match for her,” said Schumacher in an interview with RTL/ntv and sport.de. “But it’s not my decision.”

In any case, a lot will happen, says Schumacher: “My chance is here. “I don’t know how big it is yet,” he emphasized. “I think it will also depend a bit on performance. Hopefully I can recommend myself. I think a few people out there know how good I am.” Schumacher will compete in the World Endurance Championship with Alpine in 2024.

Schumacher said he had “brief” contact with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff: “We will certainly be able to talk a little more in the next few days.”

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Lewis Hamilton causes confusion over Ferrari, he’s never been to Maranello, contradicting a claim by Piero Ferrari on the F1 World Champion movements

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Lewis Hamilton said he’s never been to Maranello, contradicting a claim by Piero Ferrari that the F1 World Champion has visited their factory.

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Hamilton will make a sensational switch to join Ferrari in 2025, moving away from Mercedes after more than a decade racing with the Brackley-based team that netted six Drivers’ Championships.

The unification of Hamilton and Ferrari created headlines globally on the day of the announcement – even well outside the sphere of F1 and sport – with Ferrari’s share prices soaring more than 10 percent, a value of $7 billion, on that day.

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Lewis Hamilton contradicts Piero Ferrari Maranello visit claim
While Hamilton moving to Ferrari makes for a hugely anticipated alliance as both sides aim to take title glory together, the British driver has caused confusion by, apparently, forgetting about a visit to Maranello a few years ago.

Addressing the media for the first time since the Ferrari announcement earlier this month, Hamilton stated that he’s never visited Ferrari’s factory home in Italy as he feared the optics had he been spotted doing so.

“I have not,” he told media, including PlanetF1.com, on Friday in Bahrain, when asked if he’d ever visited Maranello.

“I bought my first Ferrari in 2010 (sic) [Hamilton took delivery of his LaFerrari road car in 2015 – editor], I think.

“That was my first present to myself. I don’t have it anymore, but I didn’t get to go during that time.

“Being with Mercedes, I didn’t think it was a good look to go.”

But it appears Hamilton may have forgotten that he, apparently, had been a visitor to the Ferrari factory a few years ago as Ferrari vice-chairman Piero Ferrari – son of late founder Enzo – recently spoke about Hamilton’s expedition to Maranello to pick up his LaFerrari.

Speaking to esteemed Italian journalist Leo Turrini for Quotidiano Nazionale, the 78-year-old addressed Hamilton’s upcoming switch to Ferrari and revealed the seven-time World Champion’s previous interest in the red team.

“Perhaps not everyone knows that Lewis has always been sensitive to the fascination of the Prancing Horse,” Ferrari said.

“He’s a customer of ours! He has visited the factory more than once.”

Ferrari clarified Hamilton had not visited the F1 racing department of the factory, which perhaps explains Hamilton’s contradiction, but said he had come to Maranello for tips on his new LaFerrari.

“He came as a buyer of our cars. He is not just a speed ace,” he said.

“He has a genuine love for supercars. His garage couldn’t be without our cars. One in particular…

“The model called LaFerrari. Hamilton came to Maranello to give directions on how to set up the car. It was on that occasion that we greeted each other cordially.”

It was at this point that Ferrari also revealed that Hamilton had ‘joked’ about being interested in a seat with the Scuderia.

“We had Vettel in the team and we were happy with Seb,” he said.

“We had just renewed the contract with the German, which was going well. Lewis made a joke: if you waited twelve months I would come in…”

Reports also swirled in Italian media in 2014 that Hamilton had been spotted in Maranello during the car-buying process, although this was never officially confirmed by the manufacturer.

Lewis Hamilton reveals Michael Schumacher wonder
While Hamilton has also stated in the past that he used to pick Kimi Raikkonen’s car when playing computer games growing up, the British driver has updated that to say he chose the Ferrari of Michael Schumacher for his gaming sessions in his youth.

“For every driver growing up, watching the history, watching Michael Schumacher in his prime, I think probably all of us sit in our garage and see the screen pop up and you see the driver in the red car and you wonder what it would be like to be surrounded by the red,” Hamilton said when explaining the logic behind his desire to join Ferrari.

“You go to the Italian GP, and you see a sea of red Ferrari fans, and you can only stand in awe of that. It’s a team that’s not had huge success, really, since mostly from Michael’s days, but since 2007.

“I saw it as a huge challenge. Without a doubt, even as a kid, I used to play in GP2 [computer game] as Michael in that car. It definitely is a dream, and I’m really, really excited about it.”

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Love It or Hate It, Fans Are Tuning Out of Drive To Survive With Danica Patrick Debut: “Ready To Turn My TV Off”

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Earlier this week, the sixth season of Netflix’s popular show Drive to Survive premiered. With all the drama unfolding behind the scenes, a fresh character has joined the show. In the recent season, Danica Patrick, who has made waves for her contentious remarks, will be seen offering her viewpoint. Fans, however, don’t seem to love much of her appearance on the show. Some have even gone as far as ‘turning off their television’ after seeing her in the hit docu-series.

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Patrick became one of the most accomplished female racing drivers after her third-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 and her IndyCar race victory. However, despite her accomplishments, she has faced criticism several times throughout her extraordinary career.

Despite this, the Drive to Survive producers insisted in including her name in the lineup among pundits like Will Buxton and ex boss Claire Williams. Tom Roger, the co-executive producer of the show, has disclosed an intriguing explanation for her inclusion. While talking to The Post, he said,

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“I think she does a really good job explaining to our viewers some of the thought processes that the drivers are going through.”

Even though Roger’s statement is reliable, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Patrick has come under fire for some of her inappropriate remarks in the past. The 41-year-old has not been popular among fans for her political beliefs, and her habit of indulging herself in conspiracy theories. However, the recent backlash she received from the F1 world stemmed from her remarks regarding sports diversity.

According to her, it is ‘not normal’ for a ‘feminine mind’ to be focused on ‘motorsport success.’ The combination of all these unexpected statements from such a well-known person left a bad taste for fans all over the world.

How did the Fans react to Danica Patrick’s appearance on Drive to Survive?
Given how one-sided the 2023 season was, fans didn’t focus on-track action to be the epicenter of season 6 of DTS. Fans were still anticipating some of the behind-the-scenes antics that the show is well known for. Nevertheless, when they saw Danica Patrick on the screen, they couldn’t control their varied emotions. One fan even stated that they were prepared to ‘turn off’ the TV as soon as Patrick appeared on the show.

Other fans expressed their disappointment by focusing on particular scenes from the show. In particular, a scene where she was being blatantly harsh on Lewis Hamilton was targeted.

Reviews about Drive to Survive have been mixed so far. A lot of people are happy that the show does not focus on Red Bull’s dominance, which was all that was visible in terms of action in 2023. Instead, the show brings several entities, including Patrick, to talk about other events that took place- mainly behind the scenes.

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