In full resurrection since his arrival at the Wizards, Kyle Kuzma no longer hesitates for a second to show his good humor. Not long ago, he also dropped a nice punchline about him… and that of LeBron James! Ironic, when you know the circumstances of his departure from the Lakers.
15.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3 assists per game: Kyle Kuzma is gradually returning to his best level since he has been in Washington. He certainly does not yet reach his offensive production of 2018-19 (18.7 points on average), but he is on the other hand much more complete in his game than in the past. If DC is currently in the Top 8 in the East, moreover with a positive record (22-20), it is also thanks to its summer recruit.
Clearly, Kuz’ has been living again since leaving Los Angeles, where he saw his future gradually darken with the construction of the Purple and Gold superteam. Now, however, he has the banana all the time and regularly allows himself jokes in the press. Recently, he also dropped a very nice one about his big month of January (26.4 points and 11.9 rebounds per game), citing a former teammate as an example:
Kyle Kuzma in full swing at the Wizards
— Ballsack Sports® (@BallsackSports) January 14, 2022
I feel like James right now… I told the guys to be careful how they talk to me with the trade deadline approaching.
The least we can say is that number 33 masters irony to perfection. And above all that he doesn’t hold a grudge against the Pourpres et Ors… Let’s remember that if he landed in the capital this summer in the company of Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, it is in particular because the King absolutely wanted to obtain Russell Westbrook. And LA didn’t hesitate for a second to part with him for that…
However, it seems that he is the winner, so far. far from the permanent pressure in California, they ‘opened up completely with the Sorcerers, to the point of snapping sometimes monumental performances. We can notably cite his almost triple-double in his last game against Orlando (19 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists) or above all, still against the Magic, his mammoth exit to 27 points and 22 rebounds a few days earlier:
You can’t blame Kyle Kuzma for feeling so confident, finally tapping into his potential. Who knows, maybe he will one day be able to have as much influence as LeBron! For that, however, you would have to start by being an All-Star.