Fans React As Kyle Kuzma Takes a Subtle Shot at James Harden

Published 10/29/2021, 11:57 AM EDT
Oct 27, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) controls the ball against Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA off-season has seen multiple changes to many contenders. Be it blockbuster trades or great free agent signings, the off-season has seen it all. Perhaps one of the best off-seasons has been for James Harden and Kevin Durant led Brooklyn Nets.

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The Nets who were loaded with offensive talents have added some incredibly talented young guards and backup scorers as well. Despite their incredible off-season though, their start to the season has been a disappointment, to say the least.

While Kevin Durant has been fantastic, it has been their other superstar, James Harden, who has been struggling. Unable to make tough shots, ‘the Beard’ has massively struggled in one department, having foul calls.

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Kyle Kuzma has a subtle dig on James Harden

While the trades and signings have been great, perhaps the biggest game changer has been the rule change in terms of calling fouls. The league which had been flooded with guards and scorers baiting for fouls, the NBA decided not to call soft fouls.

The biggest sufferers from the same has been the likes of James Harden and Trae Young. While the likes of Harden and Young are understandably disappointed, former Lakers’ forward Kyle Kuzma rejoiced the decision.

In a recent tweet, Kuzma lauded the league for making the decision, claiming that the rule change has been the best thing for the league in years. This is certainly a subtle taunt for the likes of Harden and Co.

This rule change has been massive so far. With Harden only attempting a total of 15 free throws, the effect is visible in the guard’s production as well who is only averaging 16.6 points, a career low for Harden in 11 seasons.

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Fans react to Kyle Kuzma’s latest tweet

NBA fans certainly went berserk and had a host of memes and had differing opinions in the matter. While many were quick to raise the name of Harden, there were some Lakers fans in the crowd as well.

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This massive dip in numbers might be concerning for many Nets’ fans. But if one person can make a comeback from this, it is Harden. While his free throws have been a big key for his production, he has multiple weapons like a lethal three pointers and a mid-range shot, to name a few. Expect to see a massive jump in the Beard’s production in a couple of weeks. Do you think Harden can make a comeback?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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