As expected, Josh Hart says the social media beef between Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma is all for show.
"It's cool, man," Hart told TMZ Sports.
Hart spent most of the interview wanting to do anything else than talk to paparazzi. But when pressed on the issue, Hart cracked up dismissively before confirming there was no animosity between his two teammates.
The Los Angeles Lakers intervened and told their burgeoning young stars to cease the social media shots after Ball released a diss track about Kuzma called "Kylie Kuzma," according to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk. In the song, Ball rapped, "Don't know who your daddy is." Kuzma has never met his biological father.
The Lakers rookies spent most of the season trading barbs with one another. However, management felt the situation was escalating to a point they needed to step in—both to ensure actual feelings didn't get hurt and because it wasn't the best look for the organization.
Everyone knew this was much ado about nothing from the beginning. But Hart's laughter upon hearing the question tells you everything you need to know.
The young Lakers, meanwhile, have adopted a tongue-in-cheek serious tone on social media since Ball's diss track dropped.