LeBron James Shows Respect For Kyle Kuzma After Latter Defends Him Against Cavaliers

Published 11/11/2021, 12:37 AM EST
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


The 2021-22 NBA campaign has been full of surprises so far. Teams that were predicted to start with a bang, are still struggling through games, whereas the underdogs have completely taken over. Currently, in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards and Kyle Kuzma are at the top with an 8-3 record. Whereas, the team he left, LeBron James’ Lakers is still trying to find its rhythm.

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At first, it seemed like Kuzma left the team with a lot of animosity towards the organization, even LeBron, for trading him. However, with the recent events pertaining to Kyle defending his former teammate, James couldn’t help but show his appreciation for it.

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LeBron James thanks former teammate in his own subtle way

The Los Angeles Lakers had been circling around trading Kuzma for a while before it actually happened. His inability to step on during big moments and the inconsistency were the biggest concerns. So, when it did happen, and he moved to play for the Washington Wizards, there was a lot of speculation around how he will fit in there.

However, it is safe to say that he has found the place for himself. Not only are the Wizards one of the tough competitors in the East, Kuzma is also delivering for them.

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Recently, the 26-YO just won hearts with his Buzzer beater against Bron’s former team the Cleveland Cavaliers, and ended the night with 22 points. It was his late heroics that helped them seal this vital 97-94 victory. But who knew this match would result in some trash-talking on Kuzma’s part, whilst defending Bron.

By responding to some hecklers and stating that the Cavaliers wouldn’t be anything if they didn’t have the kid from Akron back then, Kyle caught everyone’s attention. Even LeBron’s, who showed his appreciation and respect for Kyle on his Instagram.

Kyle Kuzma, turning into a rising star?

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It seems like those who thought that Kuz needed to get out of a team with many superstars, and then grow, were right. Being Bradley Beal’s right-hand man has worked wonders for the youngster.

Nov 10, 2021; Dean Wade (32) drives against Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Not sure about the Lakers, but the Washington Wizards are definitely thanking their luck for acquiring him. So far, at least. And if he continues to put up numbers like he is now, the man can talk back to the hecklers all he wants.

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Looks like he just needed the right place to flourish, and utilize what he brings to the table in the best way possible.

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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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