Amid all the criticism constantly hurled at Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma, the man continues to do some good work on and off the court. He's one of his team's bright spots this season, logging in 15.7 points per game and 8.9 rebounds. Outside of basketball, Kuzma makes sure his mother is well taken care of by buying her a brand new home.
Better than the Embiid poster
Karri Kuzma expressed her gratitude to her son. But fans believe Karri should look at the mirror and pat herself on the back for raising such a good boy. However, Karri seemed to have no intentions of being all sentimental. After letting Kyle know how she appreciates the gesture, Karri dropped the bomb on Joel Embiid.
For those unaware, Karri was referring to his son's poster slam on Embiid last week. Kuzma is not known for his monster slam dunks, circus shots, or athletic feats. And so everyone was caught by surprise when the Wizards forward decided to challenge Embiid and walked away with a win.
What made the slam dunk sweeter is the fact that it's on Joel Embiid — easily one of today's premier big men who excels offensively and defensively. He's a three-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Many believe he's about to win his first MVP award this season. Apart from this, Embiid has built a reputation as a malicious trash talker. And so, any time the Cameroonian gets embarrassed on the court, fans quickly jump for joy and enjoy the moment.
Mom knows best
This is not the first time Karri entered the public sphere. Browse through her Twitter account and discover how active she is in retweeting stuff about Kyle and the Wizards. She also won't hesitate to reply to fans' thoughts about her son.
In the tweet below, a fan pointed out how leaving the LA Lakers was beneficial for Kuzma. Karri agreed wholeheartedly. And it seems that she was waiting for someone to finally see things her way.
After all, Lakers fans poked fun at Kuzma upon hearing about the trade. They said the forward would rot in Washington, given the organization's subpar performance over the years. Yet here they are, midway through the season. The team currently sports a pretty decent 23-25 record. It's a losing record, but looking at the bigger picture, the team is doing alright and has serious upside potential.
From an individual standpoint, Kuzma is doing well and is averaging career-highs in rebounds, assists, and blocks. He seems to be more confident this time and has knocked down several clutch shots that lifted his team to victory.
From the looks of it, Kuzma just fell victim to a toxic fan base who failed to manage their expectations. In reality, Kuzma is a good guy on and off the court. And there's no reason to hate him.