Kyle Kuzma Comments On Whether or Not His Relationship With Lakers Turned Sour After Trade

Published 09/06/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Mar 31, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


In his first two years joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Kyle Kuzma did not take time in getting love and attention from fans. And when the franchise was looking to add another big superstar next to LeBron James, they completely refused to add the youngster to any trade deal.

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And once Anthony Davis came, he took a lot of the limelight and helped the Lakers win an NBA championship. But this third year for Kuzma wasn’t great as fans started to question his ability and wanted him out. Although he was given a chance last season to prove himself, Kuzma’s performance made it clear that he was a goner by the next offseason and that’s exactly what went down.

There seemed to be a couple of unsettling instances after their exit where first Kyle showed some anger towards the organization. He even blamed the Lakers for his inconsistent role and it seemed like he had taken a shot at his former teammate, LeBron James, when he picked Michael Jordan over him in the GOAT debate. While all of this was subtle and nothing was said out loud, he finally spoke his mind on Gilbert Arenas’ show.

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Do the Lakers and Kyle Kuzma have any bad blood?

It is said that players in their late 20s actually reach the peak of their career in the NBA. So, it seems like Kuzma is yet to get there. This is good news for the Washington Wizards, who got him in a complicated five-team deal that eventually sent Russell Westbrook to the Lakers. This became the blockbuster trade of the season. But did Kuzma accept his fate without any hard feelings or not?

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On ‘No Chill with Gilbert Arenas’, he was asked whether there is any bitterness between him and the Lakers or LeBron James. “It’s all love. All love for sure,” Kuzma clarified. “A couple of days after I got traded, we were hanging out, chilling or whatever.”

“I came in as a Laker and saw it was family from the jump. And even leaving, it was still family. You know getting calls or texts from Jeanie or Rob or equipment managers or people who work the front gate. Everyone is like, ‘Hope you have a successful career. You’re doing this and that. So no bitterness, no nothing for sure.”

Dec 30, 2020; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Drew Eubanks (14) in the second quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Now that Kuzma is turning a new page in his career with the Wizards, in the podcast, he has already expressed how excited he is to play for the Wizards. Whether or not Kyle shines elsewhere is something we’ll all have to see in the 2021-22 NBA season.

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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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