When asked what he would do to begin to repair whatever is causing the Lakers’ rut, Kuzma suggested giving more playing time to center Marc Gasol, whose role has been limited since L.A. signed big man Andre Drummond off the buyout market. Other than that, he was at a loss for words.

“I don’t know, man. It’s just very tough. It’s just an unfortunate situation,” he said. “It’s tough, man. It’s just tough. It’s very tough. I’m not sure what to do.”

Davis mentioned, maybe if only to remind himself, what many on the roster accomplished last season when they won it all. There’s a pride that comes with that, and it hasn’t died out just yet.

“It’s no fun when you’re losing, but at the end of the day, we’re the champs, man. Like, we are the champs. We’re the defending champs,” Davis said. “So we got to play that way and play with a little bit more swag.”