Kyle Kuzma Hits Back at Cavaliers Hecklers; Says They ’Wouldn’t Be Sh*t’ Without LeBron James

Published 11/10/2021, 11:52 PM EST
Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) answers questions during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers traded away Kyle Kuzma in the 2021 off-season after four seasons with the purple and gold. They expected him to be a solid third option behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but his inconsistent displays led to the trade. Despite leaving the Lakers, Kuzma still has a lot of respect for his former teammates, especially LeBron James.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Tonight, he scored the game-winning shot for the Wizards against Bron’s former team, Cavaliers. He continued his great start to the season, scoring 22 points tonight, including a blistering 6-9 from three. With Bradley Beal and Spencer Dinwiddie struggling, Kuzma stepped up. His heroics, especially in the fourth quarter, helped the Wizards to get their eighth win of the season.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

During the post game interview, Kuzma talked about how the Cavs hecklers motivated him to hit the game-winner. He said, “There were some hecklers during the game talking to me, so I had to. It was their fault, really. They had a sign up that said, LeBron won Kuzma his ring And I said, Without Bron, Cleveland wouldn’t be shit.”

DIVE DEEPER

Who is Paolo Banchero? Duke Blue Devils Top Prospect Reacts To Shout Out From LeBron James

23 days ago

Kyle Kuzma never got bitter at LeBron James for the trade

Since his second stint with the Cavs, LeBron James has often been called LeGM, because fans feel he is a shadow GM. So when the Lakers traded away Kuzma, a lot of the jokes were aimed at Bron for the move. But Kuzma has no resentment towards Bron or the Lakers for it.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Back in September, Kuzma cleared the air about this during his appearance on the No Chill podcast with Gilbert Arenas. He said, “It’s all love. It’s all love for sure. I think even a couple of days after I got traded, we were hanging out, chilling, whatever.”

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

Even if there was any bitterness, Kuzma will be happy now considering the opposite fortunes for the Lakers and the Wizards. Not only are the Lakers struggling, but are also dealing with injury issues. On the other hand, Kuzma is enjoying a solid start with his new team, who are currently #1 in the East after their win over the Cavs.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Kuz will have to wait until March to make his return to the Staples Center to face the Lakers, and it will be a very interesting battle.

WATCH STORY HERE – Heres How LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Shaquille ONeal & Other NBA Stars Spent Their First Paychecks

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Aaron Mathew

1688 articles

Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT