Lakers' LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma Spoke About Trainer's Social Media Comments

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Kyle Kuzma #0, and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk to each other against the Miami Heat on November 8, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said Saturday that he spoke with teammate Kyle Kuzma about negative comments Kuzma's trainer made about James on social media. 

On Friday, the Legendary Lakers Twitter account posted screen grabs from the Instagram story of Clint Parks, who is Kuzma's trainer. In the posts, Parks praised Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard while criticizing LeBron:

Legendary Lakers @goldlakerss

Kuzma’s trainer really a Bron hater. https://t.co/LkCi8q9auS

When asked about the situation Saturday, James said Kuzma approached him at practice to discuss it:

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron James responds to speculation about Kyle Kuzma’s social media activity following the Lakers’ Christmas Day loss to the Clippers https://t.co/8SLceSpOP5

LeBron added that he "never met [Parks]" and couldn't "care less about the guy," while also opining, "Any time someone wants to get some notoriety, they can throw my name in and people are gonna pick it up."

Kuzma later spoke to Dave McMenamin of ESPN about Parks' comments, saying he told James he "can't control what another man says."

"Obviously I don't feel that way," Kuzma added. "Everybody knows ... me and Bron have a great relationship. And I left it at that."

Kuzma also spoke to McMenamin about if he'd work with Parks in the future and his relationship with James:

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Kuzma on his relationship with James: "I mean, it's great. When you're around people multiple years you get to know them more."

Parks' social media posts came after Kawhi and the Clippers beat LeBron and the Lakers 111-106 on Christmas Day. Leonard finished with 35 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, while James went for 23 points, 10 assists and nine boards.

Kuzma led the Lakers with 25 points in 27 minutes off the bench in his second game back from an ankle injury.

On Saturday, Parks seemed to respond to social media criticism regarding his LeBron comments with the following tweet:

Clint Parks @ClintParks05


On the heels of LeBron and the Lakers' disappointing 2018-19 season in which they went just 37-45, they have bounced back to the tune of a 24-7 record this season, which is good for first place in the Western Conference.

Individually, James is putting up MVP-caliber numbers as well with averages of 25.7 points, 10.6 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game.

The Lakers are 0-2 against the rival Clippers, though, and despite the fact that the Clips are two games behind the Lakers, they are major threats to win the West with Kawhi and Paul George leading the way.

The road to the NBA Finals seems likely to go through L.A. in some capacity, and if the Lakers and Clippers end up meeting in the Western Conference Finals, James will have every opportunity to prove Parks wrong.