Draymond Green, Kyle Kuzma want Austin Reaves to keep ‘Hillbilly Kobe’ nickname

Kyle Kuzma and Draymond Green spoke about Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves wanting to shed his two nicknames: AR-15 and Hillbilly Kob.

Green said Reaves has not accomplished enough to ask fans for a new nickname and believes he should embrace them, instead.

Kuzma made an appearance on The Draymond Green Show and agreed that Reaves should keep the Hillbilly Kobe nickname.

Reaves said in July he no longer wants to be called AR-15 due to the name being associated with a weapon used in school shootings.

He also wants to drop the Hillbilly Kobe nickname out of respect for the late, great Kobe Bryant.

How did Austin Reaves get his nickname?

Green, who understands why Reaves no longer wants to be called AR-15, said that the Hillbilly Kobe nickname is a huge branding opportunity for the rookie.

The Golden State Warriors star said if it were him, he would even try to get on the new White Men Can’t Jump film.

Reaves has previously stated that an equipment manager in college was who started calling him Hillbilly Kobe.

The undrafted Lakers guard was one of the lone bright spots in the team’s lackluster season.