Kyle Kuzma is letting it be known that he was not happy with how the Lakers used him last season but fans don’t want to hear it.
During an interview with Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway, Kuzma voiced his frustration with being given an inconsistent role last year with the Lakers that didn’t give him the opportunity to showcase his skills. According to Kuzma, he’s confident he could score 25 points per game and make the all-star team if given a “consistent role” on a team.
Via Bleacher Report
“My biggest thing is I just want to play within a consistent role,” Kuzma said. “If I have that ability, I’ll be able to showcase what I can really do. There were parts of this year—and even anywhere else in my career—when I’m in a consistent space, I’m out there handling the ball, making teammates better, scoring, shooting, defending, rebounding. I think if I’m in that space, I’ll be good.
Kuzma’s numbers were stronger across the board when he started in his natural 4 position, and he still sees himself as a player capable of averaging 25 points per game and reaching All-Star heights.
“I definitely can. I definitely believe that, too. I don’t really care what nobody thinks or says. I know myself, and I know my ability. It’s hard to be consistent in an inconsistent role. I’m excited for a more consistent space next year,” Kuzma said.
Lakers fans immediately blasted Kuzma considering he played a good portion of the season without Anthony Davis and LeBron James and still didn’t put up all-star numbers.
What's the inconsistent role??? He played 30 minutes a game. And LeBron and AD missed big chunks of the season that was his chance to eat
In the playoffs his minutes were cut because he didn't produce https://t.co/jg5909OoOf
— Jason Maples (@JJMaples55_MST) July 8, 2021
Send his bum ass back to the G League or send him to Shanghai Sharks 😭😭😭 https://t.co/p4JLDrq0tV
— #RIPTAHJ #TAHJWORLD 🌎👑👼🏽🕊 (@TAHJWORLD_Redd) July 8, 2021
Nigga you had ample chances with all the injuries the Lakers had. Just say you ain’t play good n move on. https://t.co/aQ5iOml8ZR
— 7/11 (@Freeweez24) July 8, 2021
Yes In Shanghai you had all the opportunities and still stunk it up you peaked in your rookie year bum 😂😂😂 https://t.co/gdUcr7cIqi
— Dame X Lakers Stan (@DamesGoat0) July 8, 2021
I totally agree with him. He would kill it, if he was playing for Guangdong Tigers. https://t.co/QB5rTLkvxX
— Billy Costigan (@B_Costigan617) July 8, 2021
You have an inconsistent role, because you BLOW. On a damn team with absolutely no bench help and you’re supposed to be the third “star”. Gimme a break lmao https://t.co/ET6qaWJy5S
— Massa – Temporary Suns Fan (@Massa_YT) July 8, 2021
How many shots would he need a night to average 25? https://t.co/Sxgk4kvGWF
— Josh Eberley🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) July 8, 2021
I believe this too. When we trade him to Portland for Dame it’ll totally be a fair trade 😅 https://t.co/mh5dw9NmfG
— Jhalen (@HSilenttt) July 8, 2021
Yeah on a bad ass team 😂. Gotta get bro outta LA I swear https://t.co/ogWtbGeqZO
— Neill 🤙🏽 (@mvo_315) July 8, 2021