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Lakers rumors: Los Angeles has directed Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma to stop the social media antics

Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball

The organization has reportedly stepped into the matter to ask their two young core players to tone down the social media back-and-forth barbs.

The Associated Press

Throughout much of last season, Los Angeles Lakers rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma have built a strong bond with each other on and off the court that has seen them take subtle shots at one another in the process. 

All of this appears to have hit a breaking point after Ball released a diss track directed at Kuzma entitled “Kylie Kuzma” that went beyond the typical verbal playful bars that took a shot him not knowing who his father is. It is something that is well known that the 22-year-old grew up in a single-parent home with his mother. 

In light of all of that, the Lakers have spoken to both Ball and Kuzma to tone down the personal barbs being thrown at each in the last few weeks, according to Ohm Youngmusik and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

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.

Ball’s decision with the diss track was in response to Kuzma doing a video on Bleacher Report that mimics the “Players’ Haters  Ball” where he playfully bashed the former UCLA product. Despite that being the case, it has gotten to the point where it has gotten where it has moved past light-hearted jabs back and forth.

The Lakers’ decision to intervene was likely to not to give off the public appearance of dysfunction where it could push away potential free agents this offseason. There will be several marquee players such as LeBron James and Paul George, who are both rumored to have interest in joining Los Angeles. 

Ultimately, only time will tell if this situation will impact the team’s ability to land free agents in the coming weeks what will be a loaded open market. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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