Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma has a message for his haters. Just days after de-activating his Twitter account, the 25-year-old brought it back to post a new commercial where he is addressing the doubters head on.
“To whom much is given, much is expected,” Kuzma can be heard saying, before listing off many critical messages and tweets.
“But no one talks about the mental toll of expectation. Yeah, I hear you. I hear the chatter. ‘He’s not good enough. He’s not worth it. Trade him.’
“Nowadays, everyone wants to be a critic. But here you go. Let’s take a walk in my shoes.”
At that point, Kuzma tells the audience that he will use their hate and their doubts for motivation.
“For every failure, for every trial, for every negative comment, thanks for the motivation,” Kuzma said.
Reactions to the ad were mixed.
Kyle, the haters are just jealous. They want to feel important by tearing down their betters. Remember how much slander Kobe Bryant endured. The better he was, the more slander he got. Small minds will always throw stones. Keep a small circle, and support those who support you.
— OG Laker Dana (@danaruns) November 27, 2020
Bruh…we once hated kcp but that nigga bounced back and made us proud.
If u gonna shut us up, PROVE IT ON THE COURT! not by a damn video doing weak-ass stunts in an EMPTY gym! Ingram just cashed out ryt now and u started with him, step up boy! Step up! U got potential, STEP UP!
— Seun #SWATMUSTEND #EndSWAT #EndSARS (@dicey_armaney) November 27, 2020
The lesson here: actions have consequences. https://t.co/aVhdqhCxfN
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 27, 2020
Welcome back Kuz, we definitely missed you….. pic.twitter.com/PN62dGgEeM
— The 8th Hokage (@Krispy_Potatoe) November 27, 2020
I’m ready to see that dawg again in Kuzma. I know he still has it
— LAL/HAILSTATE/BRAVES (@_Jaron_10) November 27, 2020
Lmao oh brother
— Tyus🇵🇦 (@tyusw916) November 27, 2020
Things are getting interesting in D.C. https://t.co/HDttOQbckG
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 26, 2020
Mf really made this entire ass video bc 14 year olds were talking shit 😭😭😭
— 💯 (@TatumHours) November 27, 2020
Not impressed……what you need to do, is stop worrying about how your dressed, and the color of your hair, and who is following you on Social media,and just do what you do best!…..and that’s play ball, if you do that ?, you can not fail!
— PACO Rivera (@PACORiv90068909) November 27, 2020
Kuzma’s numbers dropped significantly this past year due to the arrival of Anthony Davis. He went from putting up 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists on 45.6 percent shooting from the field and 30.3 percent beyond the arc, to 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists on 43.6 percent shooting from the field and 31.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Yikes. This is gonna follow the Suns around forever. https://t.co/6pL4LZ100O
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 25, 2020
During the playoffs, Kuzma’s totals dipped even further. He averaged 10 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.8 assists per game on 43.0 percent shooting from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc. Needless to say, he struggled on the big stage.
If he can find a way to bring those numbers back up, the hate will likely stop as well.