Over the last few months, Lakers rookies (can we still call them that?) Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma have engaged in the type of feud that can leave you unsure what’s serious and what’s a gag.
When Lonzo released a Kuzma diss track last week, for example, it was difficult to know what to make of lines about his teammate “dressing for attention,” having few endorsements and, um, not knowing his father.
Well according to ESPN, the song was all in fun… but the Lakers still want their players to cut it out.
The Los Angeles Lakers have spoken to Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma about toning down their social media roasting of each other following a rap diss track that Ball released about Kuzma this week.
Although Kuzma and Ball are close friends, the Lakers had grown concerned about the increasingly personal nature of some of the recent roasting between two of their young stars, sources told ESPN.
Another person who seems ready to move on from this whole intra-team beef is Kuzma’s mom Karri, who might not have loved the lyric about her son’s absent dad (“Don’t know who your daddy is, well your ass is getting sonned”). On Wednesday, she helpfully tweeted, “Everyone’s had their fun now get back to work.”
Everyone’s had their fun now get back to work.
— #0️⃣ 🏀 Kuz Momma 👌🏼💜💛 (@KarriKuzma) June 13, 2018
It’s pretty easy to see why the Lakers are less than thrilled about Kuzma and Ball going at each other publicly. For one thing, it’s entirely possible that someone could cross a line and turn this all-in-good-fun banter into something serious. For another, the team is trying to lure Paul George and LeBron James, and those perennial All-Stars probably aren’t super jazzed about playing with immature early-20s dudes seemingly as concerned with yuks on social-media as basketball.
And so for now, Lonzo and Kuzma will apparently call a ceasefire. Maybe they can start up their beef again if the Lakers strike out in free agency and fade back to relative irrelevance.