While some believed the diss track was harmless, others felt Ball crossed a line when he brought up the fact that Kuzma doesn’t know who his biological father is, including the Lakers’ management, who reportedly asked the two rookies to cool it with the roasting for a while.
Despite this, Josh Hart still doesn’t think he and his teammates having a little fun is that big of a deal. On Monday, Hart caught up with Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN and he set the record straight on his teammates’ feelings about the now-infamous diss track.
Josh Hart says Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma and the Lakers’ young core remain tight and reiterated that all the social media back and forth was light-hearted “fun.” Hart said Ball’s diss track on Kuzma was “interesting” but that all the roasting remains in the spirit of good-natured roasting.
“We are 22, 23-year-old kids, we are just taking little subtle jabs and that kind of thing,” Hart said as he and LA Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell hosted a free screening of “Uncle Drew” for 200 local youth from local nonprofits like Brotherhood Crusade, Boys and Girls Club Venice and The Right Way Foundation in Los Angeles. “It is nothing more than that. We are all close off the court. And that is all it is, just messing around, having fun. We are cool off the court, we are cool on the court. That wasn’t anything.”
We’ve yet to hear Ball or Kuzma’s thoughts on the diss track, but I’d imagine their thoughts mirror Hart’s. Did Ball cross a line he should have? Sure, but you could argue that their boundaries, or lack thereof, speak to how comfortable the players are with one another.
The higher ups might not be the biggest fans of it, but as long as everyone is okay with it, the constant roasting in the Lakers’ locker room only makes the team a more cohesive unit and as a result, a more attractive free agent destination for players that want to be a part of the Lakers’ fun, young team.
As long as they stay away from talking about parents again, there shouldn’t be any issues with the young guys having a little fun going forward.