That all changed when the team brought in veteran center Tyson Chandler.
Tyson Chandler made his Lakers debut Wednesday night, and some in the National Basketball Association reportedly believe that Phoenix Suns interim general manager James Jones allowed the veteran center to head to Los Angeles (via buyout) early in the season as something of a favor to longtime former teammate LeBron James.
Shooting over 55 percent from the field in each of his last 13 seasons, Chandler now ranks third all-time in field goal percentage (minimum 2,000 FGM).
Kuzma hit one of two free throws with 9.5 seconds left after two huge offensive rebounds by Tyson Chandler, who had nine boards in an auspicious Lakers debut.
When presented with the claim, LeBron said it was really Chandler who benefited the most. Josh Hart provides a spark off the bench with 21 points while Kyle Kuzma adds 21 points of his own.
Jimmy Butler added 24 for the Timberwolves, who dropped to 4-8 and remained winless on the road this season.
A native of Los Angeles, Chandler is considered one of the strong, veteran leaders in the league - a welcome addition to a largely youthful Lakers locker room.
But the Lakers didn't get humiliated in the first quarter, as they did last Sunday in their loss to Toronto.
Timberwolves: Butler converted a four-point play to tie it at 94 with 7:44 to play.
Noted LeBron James hater, Skip Bayless, not only took a shot at The King Thursday night, but also blasted the Houston Rockets.