Report: The Lakers ask Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma to tone down their social media insults

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After being drafted together on the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma developed a close bond during their rookie seasons. 

The duo spent a lot of time together off the floor and they took that online as it led to frequent social media banter between them. 

The young pair would usually clown each other and go back and forth with barbs which provided entertainment for fans throughout the campaign. 

But things may have gone a little too far recently as Ball - who raps in his spare time and has released numerous songs - made a diss track aimed at Kuzma. 

It was seen as fun and games but the song made headlines for some of the lyrics used by the 20-year-old point guard where he seemingly overstepped the mark. 

This painted the culture of the Lakers in a bad light and the franchise has had no choice but to take action. 

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the team has spoken to both players about toning down their social media roasting of each other. 

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"Although Kuzma and Ball are close friends, the Lakers had grown concerned about the increasingly personal nature of some of the recent roasting between two of their young stars, sources told ESPN," Shelburne said. 

"Sources said the team spoke to both players and that there are no lingering issues, and that both players agreed to tone down the joking insults on social media."

After an embarrassing incident involving former players D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young in regards to a video in 2016, the Lakers are keen to avoid any repeat of that and wanted to shut this down immediately. 

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As well as Ball and Kuzma, some of the team's other young players, such as Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, have also been involved with trading insults and light-hearted jokes with their teammates. 

It gives fans an inside look at the relationship between the young Lakers players who spend practically every day together during the season. 

"As the season has progressed, everyone has gotten a lot closer," Ingram told ESPN in February about the roasting. "Whether it is talking off the court, whether it is talking on the basketball court, we really have had a bond.

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The good news for the organisation is that it's all done in a humorous fashion and both Ball and Kuzma have previously stated that they don't take each other's jabs personally. 

But with Lonzo making a sensitive personal reference in his song, the Lakers management felt they had to step in and nip things in the bud before anything could potentially escalate. 

It's fair to say that the young tandem may be staying off social media until this blows over. 

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