Kyle Kuzma has heard the opinions. What is he wearing? Why would a dude that size throw it away? Did he check the mirror before heading out the door?
The internet erupted with comments about Kuzma when the Flint, Michigan native wore a pink Raf Simmons sweater that was ridiculously large, leaving the 9-foot-9 Washington Wizards forward with no visible arms or hands under the bold outfit.
Since then, Kuzma’s outfit choices, especially when walking down the tunnel during pregame, have gotten as much attention as his in-game work, and he has something to say about that.
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— NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2022
“I have no regrets,” Kuzma told Brobible. I know a lot of people make a big deal about it and say, ‘Oh, what are you wearing today?’ I’m just wearing clothes and outfits that are in my closet.”
Kuzma is well aware of the backlash to some of his fashion choices, but he’s never given in to the temptation to stop his fashion flow based on negative reviews from the streets on Twitter.
“No, I just always do what I do because there’s always someone who will talk about you,” Kuzma continued.
Kyle Kuzma on his glasses tonight: ‘It’s a fashion piece.’ pic.twitter.com/05R5SD2WPA
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) April 14, 2021
Kuzma grew up in Michigan, but went to high school in Philadelphia and became a Utah Ute for college. With the exception of Philly, these are not places known for their fashion sense. However, Kuzma began to explore his sense of style after being drafted into the NBA.
Kuzma was selected in the 2017 NBA Draft as the 27th overall pick by the Brooklyn Nets. However, he was traded on draft day for Brook Lopez to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov.
The Wizards improve to 8-3 on the season in dramatic fashion by defeating the Cavaliers 97-94.
Kyle Kuzma – 22 points, 6/9 from 3P (!!!)
Spencer Dinwiddie – 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists
The Wizards finished the night 17/17 from the FT line.
Then, ENT November 17 pic.twitter.com/9vOF5sUAWt
— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) November 11, 2021
“I was always conscious of looking good in college,” Kuzma continued. “Obviously I didn’t have the same kind of money, but I always looked nice and presentable. I think just getting drafted and ending up in Los Angeles was a big thing. It’s a place where there’s a lot going on with fashion.
“Meeting people in LA and just getting into that industry kind of enticed me. It’s not just about wearing clothes. There are many things about it. I’m not just wearing stuff for the tunnel going into the game.”
Many people think they can define Kuzma’s style based on the weirdest outfits he’s ever worn. But Kuzma says there are several levels to his dribbling and he doesn’t know what he’ll come up with either, but that’s not all.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 23, 2021
“I feel like I’m always fixing it because I’m a very spontaneous person. I’m not a person who says, “This is me and this will always be me.” I am evolving. Everyone evolves in life. It’s the same with fashion.
“It was kind of all over the place. To me, it’s not like wine where you can only drink Napa stuff, you know what I mean? Some days I feel like wearing street clothes. Some days I feel like wearing a tuxedo. Some days a suit, a blazer, some nice pants or whatever it is.”
Kyle Kuzma and his fashion sense are still evolving, and as long as people keep watching, they’ll be amazed at what comes next.