Kyle Kuzma Riles Up Lakers Fans With A Single Tweet About Wizards

Published 08/07/2021, 11:31 PM EDT
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 Lakers let go of Danny Green from the champion 2020 team to house a starting point guard in Dennis Schroder. Plus, they lost a few key role players to free agency and came out as a weaker defending team. However, amidst all the uncertainties, Kyle Kuzma was among the few names who still stayed in the unit. But that quickly changed in 2021 after a poor show.

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Kuzma saw a forgetful fourth season with the Lakers where he choked in the playoffs. His step-back jumpers went air-balling, that defense work stood mediocre, and he would allow a DeMarcus Cousins to posterize him instantly. But post his trade, the star has somehow gathered back his lost confidence, and it’s visible through his words.

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Kyle Kuzma came back at Lakers fans raising fingers at him

The Lakers sent away Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and their #22 Draft Pick to house the elephant in Russell Westbrook. This made the Wizards look more like the Lakers’ B-team. However, Kyle Kuzma cares less because he probably sees this trade as a shot at resurgence.

Recently, Kuz was on a flight and he invited people for a Q&A. So a Twitter account asked him about his plans in DC as the 26-YO pulled out a befitting response from his bag. Take a look – 

This certainly means that Kriss Kross sees his handshake with Bradley Beal as something that can help his career. The star already has a two-year experience playing alongside one of the league’s greatest duos and is now responsible for forming a duo of his own.

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Why does Kuz believe he can do better than the last two years?

Remember when a frustrated Kuzma once demanded more playing minutes for center Marc Gasol? Well, he had similar wants for his own self, too. To start the games, Kuzma’s best season was 2018-19 where an injured LeBron James had opened up a place for him to come up and flourish. Turns out that was his career-best year where the youngster averaged 18.7 ppg.

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Jan 7, 2021; DeMar DeRozan hangar in the air under the basket as Alex Caruso defends at Staples Center. At lest are Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

However, it all changed with Anthony Davis, as he could start only nine games in 2019-20. Frank Vogel never allowed Kuzma to start in a playoff game in the last two years. In fact, his minutes on the court took a colossal hit in the 2021 postseason as the star forward averaged just 21.5 minutes even with AD sitting out for most parts. 

All that certainly irritated the young blood, as he might still feel that he can do better in an organization that can show greater faith in him. So now with the Wizards, he hopes for exactly that and hence the confidence of doing better than ever.

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What do you think, can the 26-YO walk the talk? Help us know in the comments section below.

Watch this story – Kyle Kuzma, Ben Simmons, and Other NBA Stars Who Had a Nightmarish 2021 Playoffs

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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