LeBron James ignores a fallen Kyle Kuzma and doesn’t help him get back up on his feet in the Lakers’ loss to the Washington Wizards.
The Los Angeles Lakers have undergone some massive roster shake-ups in the 3 season LeBron James has been there. When James made his way to Tinseltown, the Lakers were still very much all in for the youth movement. Guys like Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma’s development into stars in this league was seen a major priority for the Lakers management.
The then 15-year veteran LeBron James tried to integrate himself into the Lakers’ young core and mentor them all while trying to drag the Lakers to a Playoff berth. A moment that stuck with fans at the moment and still gets talked about is the time when James was mic’d up in a game against the Blazers.
He gathered his teammates around and said to them, “Anytime y’all fall, stay down. Your brother come pick you up.” Safe to say that the ‘King’ hasn’t stuck to his word as of late.
LeBron James leaves Kyle Kuzma hanging and doesn’t help him get back up
Ever since LeBron James made that statement, eagle-eyed viewers have been waiting for the 4x champ to slip up and ignore any of his fallen teammates. The vigilance on these viewers’ part paid off as they noticed LeBron ignoring a fallen Kyle Kuzma in the Lakers loss to the Washington Wizards last night.
Kyle Kuzma tried to get off a contested shot against Russell Westbrook in the corner but took a tumble to the ground in the process. Without hesitating, James simply went back on defense without trying to help his teammate back up.
Fans online started to call the Finals MVP out on his hypocrisy and poked fun at his nonchalance towards Kuzma on the floor.
This isn’t the first time LeBron has ignored a fallen teammate as he’s given the cold shoulder to Kyle Kuzma once before as well. A moment that has gone down in infamy, Kuz tried to get off a fancy pass to Bron in the paint in Game 2 of the 2020 NBA Finals but lost control of it, throwing it out of bounds.
Kuzma took a hard fall to the ground and though James was right next to him, he could not care less and focused on the next play ahead. As far as fans are concerned, James is now 0-2 in helping Kyle Kuzma get back up after letting him know that he’ll be there to pick him up.