‘So Spicy’: Kyle Kuzma Can’t Stop Praising Chris Paul and Suns During Their Game vs His Former Team Lakers

Published 10/23/2021, 1:01 AM EDT
Oct 22, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33) reacts after making after a three point field goal against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter in overtime at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are getting blown out at the Staples Center by the offense of the former NBA finalists Phoenix Suns. A repeat of the disaster that saw the Los Angeles Lakers getting eliminated from the NBA Playoffs last season. However, one major difference from last season other than a healthy roster for the Lakers is Kyle Kuzma.

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They traded Kuzma to the Washington Wizards as a part of the deal that brought Russell Westbrook to the Lakers. And Kuzma is currently watching this blowout loss and cannot stop praising the team for blowing out his former employers. He took to Twitter and posted this during the game.

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Kuzma praises the Suns while they dominate his former team

As the former NBA finalists put on a dominant performance over the Lakers, Kuzma could not stop praising Devin Booker and Chris Paul. Both Booker and Paul had some highlights and key takeaways from this game.

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Paul achieved a career feat in this game against his Banana Boat buddy LeBron James. He became the first player in NBA history to have 20,000 points and 10,000 assists in his career. Booker had a tough response to Westbrook‘s classic celebration on him.

Did Kyle have an amicable departure from the Lakers?

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Kyle Kuzma faced a lot of criticism for his performance with the Lakers, especially from the fans. However, the Lakers gave him a lot of opportunities to get his momentum going. Despite that, he did not get any consistency in his game. Consequently, the front office had no choice but to trade him for a more crucial piece in their championship run.

Feb 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) scores a basket against Oklahoma City Thunder center Al Horford (42) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In his appearance on “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas”, Kuzma admitted that he has no bitterness towards the Lakers. Instead, he felt it’s “all love” between him and the franchise that drafted him in 2017. However, we are seeing a pattern develop where Kuzma is the first to celebrate a Lakers loss on social media. Be it as trolling them or appreciating their opponents.

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So, is it really all love between him and the roster? Or is it no love lost?

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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