Lakers news: Kyle Kuzma challenges Rams’ Todd Gurley, and Gurley responds
A pair of professional Los Angeles athletes have beef—but it’s over the video game “Call of Duty.” Rams star running back Todd Gurley was challenged by Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma on Friday.
Appearing in a pre-recorded video on ESPN’s “The Jump,” Kuzma called out Gurley’s skills on the sticks.
“You know you’re one of my favorite football players — and you’re my guy. But Call of Duty is a different beast. I’ve been honing my skills, playing the game since August, and I don’t really think you’re ready. And quite frankly, I don’t think you want this smoke.”
Gurley’s instant reaction was priceless as he answered, “Talk is cheap, You know my handle. @ me, we can go back and forth.”
#Lakers’ @kylekuzma – “You know you one of my favorite football players and my guy…but Call of Duty is a different beast. I’ve been honing my skills and I don’t think you want this smoke.”#Rams’ @TG3II – “Talk is cheap, You know my handle. @ me, we can go back and forth.” pic.twitter.com/MB5cvW443L
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 1, 2019
Kuzma, 24, has been sidelined to start the season due to a stress reaction in his left knee—an injury discovered while he was training with Team USA in August this offseason for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. Thus, the rising star forward has had plenty of time to practice at the popular first-person shooter video game and properly call out another athlete, in this case, Gurley.
The Lakers plan to have Kuzma make his 2019-20 NBA regular-season debut on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The team intends to restrict his minutes on the floor between 15 and 20 minutes since he will still be working his way back to form.
Kuzma averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 33.1 minutes per game and 70 appearances last season, his first sharing the hardwood with future Hall of Fame forward LeBron James in L.A.