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Lakers reportedly ask Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma to ‘tone down’ Troll Wars

Dunk Wire logo Dunk Wire 6/14/2018 Josh Martin
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Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma appear to be approaching a ceasefire in the Los Angeles Lakers Troll Wars, albeit not at their own behest. According to ESPN's Ramona

Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk, the Purple and Gold have talked to their All-Rookie performers about "toning down their social media roasting of each other" in light of Zo's diss track, "Kylie Kuzma," which came in response to Kuz's "Player Hater of the Year" video for Bleacher Report.

Per the report, there are "no lingering issues" between the 2017 NBA draft classmates, and that both have "agreed" to take their social media barbs down a notch.

Ball and Kuzma proved to be close friends throughout the 2017-18 campaign, with the Troll Wars serving as a hallmark therein, so any real rift developing between them in this case seemed unlikely.

For the Lakers, though, it's important to maintain a professional, buttoned-up image ahead of free agency. There's so much at stake for L.A. this summer-between the gobs of cap space at the team's disposal and the superstar targets (i.e. LeBron James, Paul George) to fill it-that the franchise can't afford any unnecessary tarnish off the court.

That said, so long as Zo and Kuz remain close collaborators on the court and friends all around, and the talent comes calling during the offseason, none of this should lead to any long-term issues.

The only loss, really, may be the sheer entertainment that comes from watching two young stars go at each other behind the scenes.

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