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Kyle Kuzma Posts, Deletes Instagram Story Noting Lakers Are 0-7 Without Him

Adam WellsOctober 20, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15:  Kyle Kuzma #33 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the New York Knicks during a preseason game at Madison Square Garden on October 15, 2021 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Kyle Kuzma apparently took some pleasure in watching his former team lose Tuesday's season-opener to the Golden State Warriors. 

The 26-year-old posted a tweet on his Instagram stating the Los Angeles Lakers are 0-7 without him in the lineup. He later deleted it, but a user on social media got an image of the original post. 

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Kyle Kuzma just posted and deleted this on IG 😬<br><br>(h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/RealQuintonMayo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RealQuintonMayo</a> ) <a href="https://t.co/bLl1mey8R9">pic.twitter.com/bLl1mey8R9</a>

Following the Lakers' first-round playoff exit last season, Kuzma certainly made it sound like he was unhappy with his place in head coach Frank Vogel's rotation. 

"My biggest thing is I just want to play within a consistent role," Kuzma told B/R's Tyler Conway in July. "If I have that ability, I'll be able to showcase what I can really do. There were parts of this year—and even anywhere else in my career—when I'm in a consistent space, I'm out there handling the ball, making teammates better, scoring, shooting, defending, rebounding. I think if I'm in that space, I'll be good."

Instead of trying to find a role for Kuzma, the Lakers decided to send the fifth-year forward to the Washington Wizards as part of the package to acquire Russell Westbrook. 

The Lakers went winless in the preseason (0-6) before Tuesday's loss to the Warriors. 

Vogel used Kuzma primarily off the bench last year. He appeared in 68 games (32 starts), averaging 12.9 points per contest with a solid 36.1 three-point percentage. 

Kuzma will get a chance to show the Lakers what they are missing on Wednesday. He will make his Wizards debut against the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

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