Leonard led the Clippers on Wednesday with 35 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in his team’s 111-106 victory. James finished one rebound shy of a triple-double (23 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds) but was uncharacteristically inefficient from the field (9-of-24 shooting, 2-of-12 from 3-point range).Kyle Kuzma’s trainer sending out LeBron isn’t working hard and is scared of KawhiKuzma tweets out “call a spade a spade” 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/DjauNwZRrg— 🌟 (@LALeBron23) December 27, 2019MORE: LeBron James, Sporting News’ NBA Athlete of the DecadeKuzma then tweeted “call a spade a spade,” fueling speculation that he agreed with Parks’ assessment. James did damage control Saturday ahead of the Lakers’ game against the Trail Blazers, telling reporters he has spoken directly with Kuzma and buried any potential beef.”Kuz came to me yesterday at practice and told me what was going on, and that was it,” James said. “I really don’t care for someone’s trainer or whatever the case may be. Everyone can have their own opinion. Any time someone wants to get some notoriety, they can throw my name in it and people are going to pick it up. That’s why you asked me about it. My name was in it.”I’ve never met the guy. I don’t know the guy. I couldn’t care less about the guy. Whatever the case may be — I wish him the best.” It wouldn’t be a Lakers season without a little bit of drama.After the Lakers’ loss to the Clippers on Christmas Day, Kyle Kuzma’s trainer lit up social media with a few critical comments aimed at LeBron James. Clint Parks put Kawhi Leonard a step above James, saying that no one is willing to “speak on how sharp [Leonard’s] skill set is compared to LeBron’s. … Somebody was dodging smoke yesterday and it wasn’t Kawhi.” (Important context here: Parks has previously worked with Leonard.) LeBron James responds to speculation about Kyle Kuzma’s social media activity following the Lakers’ Christmas Day loss to the Clippers pic.twitter.com/8SLceSpOP5— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 28, 2019When asked about his tweet, Kuzma said it had “nothing” to do with Parks’ comments and he hadn’t seen what Parks said before posting.”I just told [James] I can’t control what another man says,” Kuzma said (via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin). “Obviously I don’t feel that way. Everybody knows that me and Bron have a great relationship. And I left it at that.”The Lakers next play the Clippers on Jan. 28. Get your popcorn ready.
The New York Giants on Wednesday signed fullback Elijhaa Penny off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.Although he hasn’t played a down with the team in 2018, the second-year back out of Idaho made the most of his opportunities last season.In 16 games played, he ran the rock 31 times for 124 yards, averaging 4.0 yards a carry, and two touchdowns. Penny, who converted to fullback for this season, also caught four passes for 38 yards. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments Share In addition to Penny’s departure, the Cardinals released defensive tackle Garrison Smith on Tuesday.The team also cut practice squad linebacker B.J. Bello, signing linebacker Nigel Harris to fill the spot.Related LinksCardinals release DT Garrison Smith, make practice squad movesCardinals expected to fill open roster spot with former Eagle Joe WalkerCardinals to bring in WR Kendall Wright for workoutOn Wednesday, wide receiver Kendall Wright will be in Arizona for a planned workout, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro, while the team is also expected to sign linebacker Joe Walker from the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad.Penny will head to a New York team that struggled mightily on offense Sunday night.Quarterback Eli Manning was sacked a total of six times as the offensive line couldn’t win the battle in the trenches. Rookie running back Saquon Barkley also had a poor showing, rushing for just 28 yards on 11 carries.The Cardinals released Penny upon the 53-man roster cuts before the season and retained fullback Derrick Coleman. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires