It's usually not a good sign when your teammate's trainer calls you out on your skill set and work ethic. Yesterday, Clint Parks, the trainer of Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma and KawhI Leonard posted a message on his Instagram story about LeBron James and Leonard after the two battled it out on Christmas day.
The Clippers beat their rival Lakers 111-106 and Leonard dominated with 35 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. James poured in 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds — but shot just 9-24 from the field and 2-12 from the three-point line.
The loss gives the Lakers an 0-2 record against their rival this season after the team lost their season opener.
It makes sense that Parks would hype up his own client and Leonard has been dominant against James this season. But when the trainer also represents Kuzma, this becomes a bit muddy.
James reacted to the call-out on Saturday, clearing up any perceived tension between him and Kuzma.
“Kuz came to me yesterday after practice and told me what was going on and that was it. I don't really care for somebody's trainer or whatever the case may be. Everyone can have their own opinion,” James said. “Any time someone wants to get some notoriety they can throw my name in and people are gonna pick it up. that's why you're asking me about it. Because my name was in it. I've never met the guy, I don't know the guy, I could care less for the guy. Whatever the case may be, I wish him the best.”