It wouldn’t be a Lakers season without a bit of drama.
Following the Lakers’ loss to the Clippers on Christmas Day, Kyle Kuzma’s coach illuminates social media with some critical comments directed at LeBron James. Clint Parks put Kawhi Leonard one step ahead of James, saying no one is willing to “talk about how sharp Leonard is compared to LeBron’s … Someone skipped yesterday and it wasn’t Kawhi ». (Important context here: parks have previously partnered with Leonard.)
Leonard led the Clippers on Wednesday with 35 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in his team’s 111-106 victory. James finished shy with a triple double (23 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds) but was extremely inadequate from the field (9-24, 2-12).
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Kuzma then tweeted “call a cup a shovel”, fueling speculation that he agreed with the Parks rating. James lost control of Saturday ahead of the Lakers’ game against the Trail Blazers, telling reporters that he spoke directly with Kuzma and killed any possible beef.
“Kuz came to me yesterday and told me what was going on and that was it,” James said. “I’m not really interested in a trainer or whatever it may be. Everyone can have their own opinion. Whenever someone wants to get a reputation, they can drop my name on it and people are going to get it. You asked for it. My name was on it.
“I’ve never met a man, I don’t know a man, I couldn’t care less about the man, whatever it is – I wish him the best.”
When asked about his tweet, Kuzma said he had “nothing” to do with Parks’ comments and had not seen what Parks had said before posting.
“I just told (James) that I can’t control what anyone else is saying,” said Kuzma (via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin). “Obviously I don’t feel that way, everybody knows that Bron and I have a great relationship and I left that.”
The Lakers then play the Clippers on January 28. Get the popcorn ready.