The new-look Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Golden State Warriors to open their season on Tuesday, and didn’t look particularly great as a team throughout much of the contest. While LeBron James and Anthony Davis were dominant, the rest of the Lakers were well off the mark with no one else reaching double figures in scoring, including Russell Westbrook.
The biggest move of the summer, Westbrook came to Los Angeles in a package that sent out the two longest-serving Lakers in Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Often a lightning rod for criticism during his tenure, Kuzma was never someone who was afraid to speak his mind, for better or for worse.
And following Tuesday’s loss, Kuzma seemed to be enjoying some of the jokes about his old team, including one he shared on Instagram.
Kyle Kuzma with a chip on his shoulder before the season opener… pic.twitter.com/VxF191xyW9— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) October 20, 2021
Kuzma is not wrong in that, following a winless six games of the preseason, the Lakers are 0-7 without him. But the Lakers also lost the last three games he played with the team as well, which played a role in him being shipped out during the offseason.
More hilarious, however, is the fact that the Wizards also went winless in the preseason, meaning that, while the Lakers are 0-7 without Kuzma, the Wizards are 0-4 with Kuzma. Like the Lakers, Kuzma still has not won an NBA game of any nature since May 27.
Kuzma’s departure from the Lakers was not a messy one, though, and this is almost certainly some good-natured ribbing from Kuzma, who has always been rather self-aware. But that (apparently) isn’t going to stop him from poking fun at his former team online, even if he’s not doing much better so far on the other side of the country.