NBA 2021-22 Worsens as Kyle Kuzma and One More Player Ruled Out Due to “Health Reasons”

Published 12/15/2021, 5:30 PM EST
Dec 6, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33) shoots the ball in the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


After a thunderous start to the 2021-22 season, the NBA has received a huge jolt. All of a sudden, the league is losing multiple players due to health concerns. In an already hectic campaign, these health issues come as a setback for franchises. Off late, many marquee signings have been entering the league’s health and safety protocols. The latest addition to this list is Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma.

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The Wizards have performed better than many people expected them to. Outdoing themselves, they are within the top-8 in the Eastern Conference. Some of the key contributors for the side have been the star duo of Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma. In addition, former Lakers duo of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell have also lent helping hands. But with Kuzma set to miss out on multiple games now, the capital city will have to dig itself out a big hole.

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Kyle Kuzma enters NBA health and safety protocol

Recently, numerous superstars have entered the health and safety protocol unit, including James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Now, Kuzma has joined the rest of the unhealthy players. So far, the 26-year-old averaged close to 14 points as a forward. In addition, his average rebounds and assists per game have also shot up from earlier. After a tough campaign with the Lakers, Kuzma was shown the exit doors. After a successful campaign at Washington so far, he is set to face a setback.

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Last year, Kyle Kuzma had a disappointing outing with LeBron James and co. After being acquired by the Wizards, he grabbed his opportunity with both hands. According to the reliable Marc Stein, Kuzma, who has joined the league’s health and safety protocols, is questionable for Washington’s game against Sacramento. The evolution of his health will determine his availability. In another piece of shocking news, 28-year-old Sixers player Georges Niang has also joined him. He will miss at least Philadelphia’s next game, if not more.

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

It is quite freakish to witness the sudden outbreak of health concerns among NBA stars. Hopefully, things are restored to normal sooner rather than later. After all, nobody wants to see this crucial part of the NBA season go to waste!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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