‘A Little A** Kid’: Lakers Forward Kyle Kuzma Sheds Light on LeBron James’ Unique Personality

Published 09/07/2021, 8:39 AM EDT
Sep 30, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in game one of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since the offseason began, a tale about the Los Angeles Lakers and Kyle Kuzma has been consistently making headlines. Every time a player, who is or was once upon a time, prominent to the franchise, gets caught up in the middle of trade rumors about some kind of beef. Whether it is to spice it up or not, one can never deny them straight away.

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And with Kyle Kuzma, his bitterness with LeBron James and the organization began to surface. Although there were conflicting stories, Kuzma has now spoken about his former teammate.

Something about LeBron James that most people don’t know

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On ‘No Chill with Gilbert Arenas,’ Kuzma talked about plenty of things – playing for the Lakers as a rookie, his first celebrity moment, experience in the Orlando Bubble, trade to the Washington Wizards, and much more. But one topic that they couldn’t help but touch upon was King James.

When asked that what about LeBron James is something not many are aware of, Kuzma had the most adorable response. “Man, he’s like a little a** kid,” he started off.

“He is like a grown man and is like this alpha, he’s like this like a super serious person. But he’s like 18-year-old too at the same time. And I just feel like that’s the best part about him.”

Kuz explained how this only made him realize the human quality that exists in everyone. And no matter whether it’s a celebrity or not, at the base level, we are all the same. “He jokes around a lot, he’s always laughing and dancing. Just doing funny sh** and that’s the cool part for sure,” he concluded.

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A lot went down once the season was over. Kyle Kuzma was thrashed for being incompetent and not helping the team enough, essentially blaming him for their early exit. And the point guard may have been very candid in some of his comments as well, showing some sourness in their relationship, but that seems to be all cleared up.

Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (14) and small forward Kyle Kuzma (0) and power forward Anthony Davis (3) and small forward LeBron James (23) watch from the bench during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

The Los Angeles Lakers and Kuzma have now parted ways. While the purple and gold will be entering the 2021-22 season with their super team in hopes of outperforming themselves last time, Kuzma will be starting afresh with Bradley Beal.

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Were the Lakers just not the right fit for the youngster? Or does he actually need some more work to make his game better? Let’s wait and see.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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