Wizards Star Kyle Kuzma Mocks Early Lakers Struggles

Wizards Star Kyle Kuzma Mocks Early Lakers Struggles

The Los Angeles Lakers traded Kyle Kuzma this past offseason in a multi-player deal that netted them Russell Westbrook.

Thus far, the swap hasn’t produced tremendous value for LA. Between the preseason and two regular season outings, they have yet to record a single victory.

On Friday night, the Lakers fell to the Phoenix Suns 115-105. It was a particularly embarrassing showing for the purple and gold, filled with LeBron James crying, two players fighting on the sidelines and Rajon Rondo threatening to shoot a fan.

One player who appeared to enjoy the chaos? Kuzma.

Throughout Friday’s game, Kuzma seemed to pick at the Lakers’ scabs by highlighting the accomplishments of Phoenix on both ends of the court.

For obvious reasons, Lakers fans didn’t take kindly to this:

This kind of commentary has become something of an ongoing theme with Kuzma. Ever since departing LA, the youngster has vacillated between taking little shots at the Lakers and then at-times trying to take the high road. It has been interesting to watch.

In a recent conversation with reporters, Kuzma said he could understand why both Los Angeles and Washington ultimately pulled the trigger on the deal that landed him in D.C.

“I mean, you gotta do that trade 10 out of 10 times,” he said, per Chase Hughes of NBC Sports. “If you have an opportunity to get five good basketball players for one, it makes sense. Granted, [Westbrook is] obviously a Hall of Fame player and everything. He’s an unbelievable player, don’t take that wrong.

“But especially for a team like Washington, if you look at the track record from the past couple of years, it hasn’t necessarily been enough ballplayers here… It’s smart, you have to do it if you’re a GM.”

It will be interesting to see how much commentary Kuzma continues to offer on the Lakers going forward. He had something to say after their first game of the season, and now after their second one as well.

Will he weigh in on the next 80 games? Time will tell.

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Carlos Garcia

A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.

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