Kyle Kuzma replaces LeBron James as his GOAT after Lakers trade
Kyle Kuzma has had a whirlwind exit from the Los Angeles Lakers. From being the centerpiece in the blockbuster trade that brought in Russell Westbrook, to have his car literally stolen and crashed in a police chase, things definitely have bee wild for Kuz recently.
The trade also ends his three-year partnership with LeBron James. Kuzma was in fact James’ second-leading scorer on the Lakers during their first year together, when he averaged a career-high 18.7 points. At the time, Kuzma was all-in on LeBron James as the GOAT.
Year 17 talking about this!!! Goat talk https://t.co/2D3fBnF37h
— kuz (@kylekuzma) November 26, 2019
Even prior to their teaming up in Los Angeles, Kuz already considered LeBron James above anyone, particularly name-dropping Lakers icon Kobe Bryant during a Hoops on Fox podcast during the 2018 NBA Finals.
Via Lee Tran of Fadeaway World:
“Um… Golden State. It’s tough. It’ll be interesting. I want to see how they do against Houston. I think Houston’s had a phenomenal season. Bron is Bron. I’m never going to count him out, because he’s the greatest player of this generation. No question. … It’s hard to go against Kobe but, I mean, he’s been to the Finals seven straight times.”
But after the Lakers traded him away, did Kyle Kuzma have a change of heart on LeBron James as the GOAT? Kuz recently retweeted a graphic feature Kobe Bryant, whom he called the “greatest ever”.
Greatest ever no question https://t.co/hYOsgUdIXS
— kuz (@kylekuzma) August 1, 2021
Mean anything, folks? Probably not. Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James seemed to be in good terms upon their parting of ways, as Bron even threw him a going away party.
With his exit from the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma definitely has a chip on his shoulder going into a new situation. His first head-to-head matchup with LeBron James is bound to be worth the watch.