NBA Draft Picks Were Put on Blast With These Old Embarrassing Tweets

Here’s some free advice for all of the guys who are hoping to get selected in the NBA Draft next year: start going through your various social media accounts now and deleting anything that could potentially come back to bite you once you walk across the stage and shake hands with Adam Silver. Trust us, it'll be well worth your time.

It should be a pretty simple concept, and NBA prospects pay agents, publicists, and other handlers quite a bit of money to make them look good in the public eye. We would guess that a big part of that is scrubbing anything that could be perceived as even slightly controversial off social media in the months, weeks, and even days leading up to a big event like the NBA Draft.

But on Thursday night, 60 players were selected during the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and after they were drafted, Twitter went into overdrive and started looking through their old tweets to try and dig up any dirt that they may have posted in the past. And somewhat amazingly—in a “How the hell is this still happening?” kind of way—there were quite a few players who had incriminating stuff located deep in their Twitter timelines.

Some of the stuff was relatively harmless but still raised eyebrows among NBA fan bases. For example, Jayson Tatum—who was selected No. 3 overall by the Celtics—once sent out this tweet in the middle of a Boston game in 2012:

Jayson Tatum tweet.
Image via Twitter

Likewise, Lonzo Ball, the Lakers’ pick at No. 2 overall, sent out this tweet back in 2013 that seemed to predict Kobe Bryant & Co. wouldn’t make the playoffs before the 2013-14 season even started:

Lonzo Ball tweet.
Image via Twitter

Jordan Bell, who was drafted by the Bulls at No. 38 before being traded to the Warriors, said this about Golden State in 2016:

And Terrance Ferguson, selected with the No. 21 pick by the Thunder, had this to say about Oklahoma City when the Warriors were on the verge of coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 Western Conference Finals:

Terrance Ferguson tweet.
Image via Twitter

We’re sure OKC fans loved being reminded of that, especially since the loss to the Warriors ended up costing them Kevin Durant. We’re also sure they now appreciate the fact that Ferguson is actually from Oklahoma but was actively rooting against the Thunder as recently as just last year.

But those tweets were just the beginning. Elsewhere, Twitter dug up this old 2012 tweet from Edmond Sumner, the Pacers’ pick at No. 52, that featured him accusing the NBA of being fixed:

Edmond Sumner tweet.
Image via Twitter

There was also this tweet from Sindarius Thornwell, who was drafted at No. 48 by the Bucks before being traded to the Clippers, that outlined his approach to dating:

Sindarius Thornwell tweet.
Image via Twitter

But the most interesting—and the most embarrassing—old tweets came from the No. 9 and No. 10 picks in the draft. Zach Collins went tenth overall to the Trail Blazers, and when he did, some Portland fans took to Twitter in an effort to find out more about him, since he was one of the lesser-known prospects to go in the lottery portion of the draft. What they found was this 2012 (2 Chainz-inspired?) tweet:

Zach Collins tweet.
Image via Twitter

They also discovered this extremely awkward Vine of Collins twerking—or at least, what we think was his best attempt at twerking:

Collins deleted both of those tweets as well as a bunch of others that showed him acting a fool when he was, like, 14.

But the most embarrassing tweet of the night definitely belonged to Dennis Smith Jr., who went ninth overall to the Mavericks in the draft. Shortly after he was selected, one of his tweets from back in 2012 went viral, and it took him a long time (too long!) to take it down. It said—*cringe*—this:

Dennis Smith Jr. tweet.
Image via Twitter

The moral of the story here is pretty simple. If you’re going to spend your teenage years tweeting whatever your little heart desires, cool. But make sure you delete everything—and we do mean everything—before you’re on one of the biggest stages in sports. Or else…

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Lonzo Ball Knew He Was Going To Be a Laker and (Maybe) Made NBA Draft History

If he was tipped off, he didn’t say. But if Lonzo Ball truly didn’t have assurance from the Lakers that he was going to be the second pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, he felt it in his bones. Or more accurately his feet.

Because sitting in the green room, off to the right of the podium where commissioner Adam Silver announced all 30 first round selections, Ball decided to switch shoes once the Lakers were on the clock.  

Gone where the black hard bottoms he was sporting earlier. Out came a pair of the infamous Big Baller Brand ZO2s that retail for $495. Only these weren’t all black, like the ones that infamously debuted back in May. This pair was gold and purple—Lakers colors. And before Silver could say Ball’s name, he casually slipped on the sneakers because he just knew suiting up for his hometown team was his destiny.

“Just had a good feeling, and changed them five minutes before when they was on the clock, and I'm glad they called my name,” said Ball, in typically understated fashion.

The NBA’s signature fashion event, where 19-and-20-year-old kids get decked out in suits that would put every prom outside of Beverly Hills to shame, usually does not feature any wardrobe changes, other than the addition of a team hat once Silver calls your name. But Ball just might have authored an NBA first when he switched shoes in the middle of the draft.

Magic Johnson and the Lakers got their point guard of the present and future, one ESPN’s Jay Williams told us Wednesday could be “transcendent.”

Ball told Complex he changed “when [the Lakers] had the pick, right after Markelle” Fultz was chosen first by the Sixers. The Ball family had them hidden “right under the table” and Lonzo “had a feeling” he was about to be next selection. And that’s when he slipped into something way more comfortable and way more marketable than a pair of black dress shoes.

And really, Lonzo rocking a brand new colorway of the ZO2s was arguably one of the more interesting subplots to come out of the NBA Draft that didn't revolve around the Jimmy Butler trade to the Timberwolves or the prospect of Phil Jackson asininely shipping Kristaps Porzingis somewhere. Because the top part of the draft didn’t veer far from most projections. It was short on suspense and very predictable. 

Fultz went to the Sixers. Lonzo to the Lakers. Jayson Tatum to the Celtics at No. 3. Josh Jackson to the Suns at No. 4 and De’Aaron Fox, the guy who was rumored to be ahead of Ball on the Lakers’ draft board about a month ago, went to the Kings at No. 5.

In the end, LaVar Ball, with his swagger on a hundred, thousand, trillion at Barclays Center, could do his damn thing, talk his talk, and most especially walk his signature walk. His son was drafted to the only team he ever wanted him to play for, the team he predicted months ago would wind up with his son. LaVar proved to be a prophet.

Lonzo Ball LaVar Ball Green Room NBA Draft 2017
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The man behind Big Baller Brand was surprisingly absent as Lonzo made his way through the arena's bowels, talking to reporters, taking part in NBA sanctioned obligations, and getting hounded by little kids for autographs. Usually, new draftees are paraded all over the arena with their handlers and based on how hands-on LaVar has been, it wasn’t out of the question to expect him to tail his son. But maybe it was by design that he didn’t, or maybe it was just happenstance that papa Ball had to stick around with the rest of his brood and babysit the younger LiAngelo and LaMelo while Lonzo basked in his crowning achievement of his 19 years of existence.

We didn’t really get to witness the bragging and boasting of LaVar afterward, which would have been gold. But he got what he wanted, what he predicted. And we, as NBA fans, got what was basically expected from the darft.

With the rest of the top 10 relatively bereft of drama, Lonzo winding up with the Lakers was arguably the biggest draft-specific story of the night. Lakers exec Magic Johnson got his point guard of the present and future, one ESPN’s Jay Williams told us Wednesday could be “transcendent.” Predictably, Lonzo was about as emotive as a robot, barely smiling or acting like a giddy teenager you’d expect most kids in his position to be.

But at least he was rocking the freshest kicks in the house, the ones nobody else was wearing or could get their hands at the time, the ones that he can most definitely afford now that's he's a Laker. 

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De’Aaron Fox’s Father Aaron Takes Shot at LaVar and Lonzo Ball

In his final game as a member of the UCLA Bruins, Lonzo Ball gave NBA teams a lot to think about, and it had nothing to do with his lackluster stat line of 10 points, eight assists, and three rebounds on 4-for-10 shooting. It had more to do with the player across the court from Lonzo: Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox. Fox was instrumental in helping propel the Wildcats past the Bruins in the Sweet 16 of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, scoring 39 points, dishing out four dimes, and grabbing three boards while going 13-for-20 from the field. 

Following the game, Lonzo's father LaVar dismissed Fox's performance. “They came up short, but one game doesn't define his season,” he said, per ESPN. “No one is going to take De'Aaron Fox over him because of one game. It's about your body of work, and people know what he can do.” While Fox admits that his 39-point performance was meant to “shut LaVar Ball up,” the Wildcats point guard's father Aaron has remained relatively quiet. That is, until he sat down with Jonathan Abrams of Bleacher Report

When LaVar and his son Lonzo were brought up in their conversation, Aaron took a clear dig at the Ball family, claiming De'Aaron “already ate his ass up twice” during their match-ups last season.

“My son already ate his ass up twice,” he said. “[LaVar] can say what he wants to say. I just tell him to go back and watch the film. That’s it. All that yap, yap, yapping, I don’t even got to respond to that. We played them twice. Twice his son got outplayed. I always tell [De’Aaron], let your game speak for it. You ain’t got to talk. You ain’t got to fuss.”

With De'Aaron and Lonzo's entire NBA career ahead of them, this probably isn't the last time we have heard of Aaron or LaVar throwing shade at one another. 

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Is This the Rarest Air Jordan In Existence?

It's impossible to single out one pair of Air Jordans as the rarest in the world. There's several one-offs, as well as a few mysterious samples that can't or haven't been explained. However, Kris Arnold can make the claim that he at least owns one of the rarest Air Jordans, and he stopped by Sole Collector's Full Size Run last week to share the story of how he obtained this likely unicorn.

During the early 90s, Arnold worked as an account executive at ProServ, a sports management firm that included Michael Jordan as one of its clients. Among the many projects ProServ worked on for Jordan was helping put together his Nike deal. Jordan had parted ways with the company a year early, prompting an office cleanout of gear that had been stored and displayed. When Arnold saw two Air Jordan sneakers on the verge of being tossed out, he asked if he could take them instead. The shoes were early production samples of the original “Chicago” and “Black Toe” Air Jordan 1s.

“I happened to be there in my office while it was happening and I said, 'No, I’ll take those.’” Arnold told us in a 2015 interview. “They were going to just throw them in the trash. That’s what they would’ve done hands down.”

Air Jordan 1 Black Toe 1985 Prototype

At first glance, one may not notice the differences between Arnold's shoes and the pairs that actually released, but there are distinguishing features. For example, the overall shape of the samples is a bit more sleek, the cut is lower, the Swooshes are larger, the toebox cut is minimal and there's subtle differences on the outsole.

To date, Arnold has received big money offers for his Jordans, but not one that has seriously made him consider selling. With that said, he hasn't completely ruled out parting with the shoes.

See Arnold discuss his rare samples in the video above, which also includes segments on the new Spike Lee x Air Jordan 1, DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 3, Lonzo Ball x Foot Locker and more. Subscribe to Full Size Size Run on YouTube and iTunes for future episodes

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Lonzo Ball Writes Touching Father’s Day Letter to LaVar

You don't really have to be a basketball fan to have an opinion about LaVar Ball at this point. He has been such an overwhelming presence in the media over the last few months that you're almost forced to take a stance on him, unless you just stay off social media altogether. Plenty of people—including some who otherwise root for his son—laugh anytime LaVar sees even a little bit of adversity.

This might shock you, but Lonzo Ball has a different take. With less than a week to go before the 2017 NBA Draft, Lonzo is attempting to change the conversation surrounding his father. First, it was a hilarious ad for Foot Locker that showed he was capable of mocking his dad. Now, he wants the world to see how much he loves and appreciates what his father did to get him to where he is today.

In a letter penned for The Players' TribuneLonzo reflected on being pushed by his father to not settle for mediocrity:

Every day, no matter what, you’d take LiAngelo and LaMelo and me around the corner from our house in Chino to run up and down that hill in the heat before bringing us back home to do sit-ups.

You were always out there with us, leading the way. You were there for every step. Pushing, encouraging and refusing to accept anything less than our very best. You never forced me to do any of it. You knew that you never needed to. You understood me.

And when I did need some motivation, you always knew just how to push my buttons. It wasn’t by making me do more reps or anything like that. It just came down to saying something simple like, 'I hope you know that you’re not getting better.' That was all I ever needed to hear from you to make me keep grinding.

Though a lot of people—myself included!—have pined for Ball to put some distance between himself and his dad's ridiculous comments, that's easier said than done for a teenager. LaVar's ridiculous claims aside, Lonzo feels like he owes a lot of his success to his dad, and he's not just going to turn his back on him because other people are mad about his brash personality.

And though publicly they seem like much different people, Lonzo insists the two are much more similar than you might imagine. He claims he has the same bold personality as his father, he just keeps it under the surface a little better:

People may not see it, but I possess the very same confidence that you have. (I think Melo got all of the talking genes.) In fact, when I think about it, confidence is the most important thing that I inherited from you. The difference is, I’ve internalized it. Everything you’ve told me, I’ve absorbed and used on the court. That’s where I do my talking.

The confidence that you have in me makes me feel so strong. It’s helped me to never back down from a challenge and to stay true to myself. I’m going to be taking this next step to the NBA knowing that I’m ready. And no matter what’s thrown at me, I know you’re always going to have my back.

Lonzo goes on to thank his dad just for being there at all, knowing many kids grow up without a father figure in their lives. Regardless of what you think about the Ball family's methods, it's clear that they love and respect one another, despite some obvious contrasts in how they carry themselves.

You can read the full Players' Tribune piece here, and if you're fortunate enough to have your dad in your life, maybe you can use this as inspiration to forgive him for some of his more embarrassing traits. At the very least, you get to deal with them in a more private setting. 

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De’Aaron Fox Admits He Wanted to ‘Shut LaVar Ball Up’ During Game Against Lonzo Ball

There are some NBA fans who believe that the Lakers should consider drafting De’Aaron Fox instead of Lonzo Ball at the top of the 2017 NBA Draft next week. And they think that for a very simple reason. Fox dropped 39 points during Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament game against Ball’s UCLA team back in March, and they think it’s evidence that Fox, not Ball, should be the player the Lakers target in the draft.

There’s still a lot of debate over whether or not that would be the best move for the Lakers—for the record, Fox is on board with that line of thinking and thinks he should be drafted ahead of Ball—but regardless of where Ball and Fox ultimately land in the draft, the media seems to be manufacturing a rivalry between the two players before they're even drafted. And Fox himself seemed to get in on the action during a recent interview with Sports Illustrated.

Fox was asked about his relationship with Lonzo, and he said that he’s known him since they were both high school players. He also pointed out there, before they went to college, he had never heard a peep from Lonzo’s dad LaVar. Fox spoke about why he thinks LaVar suddenly came out of his shell over the course of the last six months, which seems like a strange concept to even consider when you think about just how over-the-top LaVar has been at times.

“In the last year, he became relevant for some reason,” Fox said. “When I knew Lonzo in high school, I’d never seen his dad before. He went crazy this year. I guess when your son a lottery pick, that gives you a lot of confidence.”

Fox also talked about his 39-point performance against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament and said that LaVar served as his motivation heading into the game. Fox—who averaged 16.7 points and an SEC-leading 4.6 assists per game for Kentucky last season—heard everything LaVar was saying at the time. And he admitted that he wanted to show out against Lonzo and UCLA to “shut LaVar Ball up.” If you remember, that’s exactly what he did, though it didn’t last long as LaVar was right back on ESPN a couple days later talking again.

Elsewhere in the interview, Fox discussed what he thinks will happen once Lonzo gets into the NBA. Unfortunately, he thinks Lonzo’s NBA opponents are going to be gunning for him from the jump.

“He put a target on his neck,” Fox said.

You can check out SI’s story on Fox here. You can also check out the interview that we did with Fox here.

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Former Sports Agent Explains How LaVar Ball Is Helping, Not Hurting, His Son Lonzo

There are a lot of people out there who think LaVar Ball is hurting his son Lonzo by putting on a show every time someone sticks a microphone in his face. Some think LaVar is going to end up doing damage to Lonzo’s draft stock in the weeks leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft, while others have theorized that LaVar is going to serve as a huge distraction for Lonzo once his NBA career starts. Either way, LaVar’s critics have called him out for stealing the spotlight from Lonzo in an effort to promote the Ball family’s Big Baller Brand.

But former sports agent and NFL team executive Andrew Brandt doesn’t see things that way. Brandt—who is now a columnist for TheMMQBpenned a piece about Ball called “LaVar Ball Is Just Another Guy in the Herd” that details some of the experiences he had with fathers—and mothers and brothers and aunts and uncles, etc.—like Ball over the years during his time as an agent. According to Brandt, there are “hundreds, if not thousands, of LaVar Balls out there, of all shapes, sizes, genders, race, and age.” And while Brandt admits LaVar is “more vocal” and “more public” than most of them—partly because he has a forum that they don’t have—he doesn’t consider LaVar to be all that unique.

Brandt also doesn’t consider LaVar to be the problem that other people seem to think he is. Rather, he views LaVar as the perfect “no guy” for Lonzo, which is to say that he has put himself in a good position to deflect any negativity that might come Lonzo’s way. From friends asking Lonzo for monetary favors to members of the media reaching out to Lonzo to do stories on him that might not paint him in the most favorable light, Brandt think LaVar will be able to keep Lonzo insulated from the outside world in a way that most of other “no guys” wouldn’t be able to do. He will be able to say no when Lonzo can’t, and in Brandt’s opinion, that will give Lonzo a huge advantage over other young players in this year’s draft.

Here is an excerpt from Brandt’s piece:

I have heard the narrative about him being “a distraction” with his bravado and shameless promotion of Big Baller Brand. However, I do not see any of this negatively affecting his son, Lonzo. To the contrary, the elder Ball seems to be protecting his son from inevitable other influences that have—and will—come Lonzo’s way. LaVar seems perfectly suited to be the true “no guy,” ready to block those who have less concern for his son than he. It appears the only “herd” around Lonzo Ball and his brothers is LaVar; no new friends, no new advisors, no associates with their hands out. Sure, LaVar is catnip to sports television and radio programming, but he seems as effective in protecting Lonzo’s interests as any manager, marketer or agent.

Elsewhere in the piece, Brandt also discusses some of the athletes he’s worked with who haven’t had someone like LaVar in their corner, and he makes a compelling argument for why we should all cut LaVar some slack and stop criticizing his every move. You can check out the full piece here. It’s an interesting and well thought-out take on a topic that has touched a lot of nerves in recent months.

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LaVar Ball Defends Big Baller’s $500 Sneakers

Over the past few months, LaVar Ball has become one of the most controversial figures in sports. He's demanded $1 billion sneaker deals for his son Lonzo, gotten into heated arguments with TV personalities, and even released his own $500 pair of Big Baller Brand basketball shoes. Whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying Ball knows how to get people to pay attention to him and his sons. 

On this week’s episode of “Sneaker Shopping,” Ball goes one-on-one with Joe La Puma to talk sneakers, basketball, and try to defend the $500 price tag of the Big Baller Brand ZO2. For the full episode of “Sneaker Shopping,” visit Complex.com, and subscribe on YouTube for new episodes every Monday at 11.

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5 Things We Learned From Sneaker Shopping With the Ball Family

Some of you might be developing some LaVar Ball fatigue, but he's not going away any time soon. The father of NBA prospect Lonzo Ball is making aggressive moves to shake up the sneaker game, and though he has become a controversial figure due to some wild comments the last few months, people want to know what his next move will be, even if it involves more shenanigans.

We wanted to make sure we got the inside scoop from LaVar and the Ball family ourselves, so Complex invited the whole crew to join us on the latest episode of Sneaker Shopping. Here are a few things we took away from our time with LaVar and Lonzo.

LaVar doesn't think the ZO2 is for everyone

Lonzo Ball's signature shoe turned out a lot better than most people expected, with even some critics sharing props on the shoe's design. It was the price that turned backlash onto the family, with the $495 tag becoming a meme the instant it hit social media.

LaVar says they're sticking by the expensive tag, and that there's still room in the sneaker market for lots of other options. “Don't go to Rolls Royce talking about you need a Toyota,” he joked about the ZO2. He also stressed not to stretch your budget too thin just to buy a pair of sneakers.

“If you've got a shoe that costs $500 and you've got rent, don't be a fool and go out there and get those shoes. There's shoes for everybody,” he said.

Lonzo created the ZO2 sneakers without any help

LaVar told us you can thank Lonzo and Lonzo alone for the look of the ZO2, which he said his son created without any help.

“Everything on that shoe,” said LaVar, “Lonzo created with no team. Just the creativity of a 19-year-old that knows what he likes.”

For once, it feels like LaVar is actually selling his son a little short. If Lonzo is responsible for the ZO2 without any outside help, that's a damn good first attempt from a teenager, particularly one whose background isn't in art design.

Lonzo designed his signature sneaker in three to four hours

Maybe just as impressive as the design is how fast Lonzo was able to cook it up. “Designing it didn't take too long. Took about three, four hours,” said Lonzo, after his dad played the hype man for his son's creativity.

No big deal, just a teenager casually drawing up a $495 sneaker with little help in his spare time.

LaVar Ball isn't worried about the sales of the ZO2 sneaker

Although you'd have to imagine the Ball family would love for their first signature sneaker to sell well, LaVar claims that's not at the front of his mind. As much as anything, he claims the ZO2 is meant to stand for something, and not necessarily be sold in mass quantities like competitors.

“I'm not obsessed with the sales,” said LaVar. “Zo's shoe is symbolic.”

LaVar Ball puts Lonzo into the same category as Kanye West when it comes to selling sneakers

Hot take alert—LaVar has already compared his sons to some of the biggest names in basketball, and he's back to do it again when it comes to selling sneakers. He thinks Lonzo has a chance to be up there with Kanye West at the top of the sneaker industry.

“They say Lonzo has to do something before they go buy his shoe,” said LaVar. “Did Kanye slam dunk or crossover for that shoe to come out?”

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LaVar Ball May Have Cost Lonzo a $20 Million Sneaker Deal

By now, you’ve probably heard that LaVar Ball cost his son Lonzo a sneaker deal after meeting with several large shoe companies like Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour in April. He got roasted—and we do mean roasted—on social media for doing it. But do you know just how much LaVar cost Lonzo?

It’s hard to put an exact dollar amount on it, since its all speculation at this point. But on Tuesday, ESPN reporter Darren Rovell appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and revealed that he heard LaVar and Lonzo walked away from a sneaker deal worth at least $10 million over five years from one of the big sneaker companies. And now that it sounds like Lonzo will probably end up being drafted by the Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, there’s a chance that deal could have ended up being worth twice as much as that. So in essence, LaVar may have cost Lonzo $20 million by botching the negotiations with Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour by insisting that one of the companies license the Ball family’s Big Baller Brand.

If we know LaVar—and at this point, doesn’t it feel like we all know LaVar?—he’s not going to be all that broken up by this report. He was looking for a billion-dollar deal, not a million-dollar deal, when he first started talking with the sneaker companies, so $10 million is basically, like, $10 to him. But Rovell also reported that the Balls are only going to end up making about $200 on every pair of $495 Big Baller Brand sneakers that they sell, which means they’re going to have to sell a lot of pairs if they want to make up the $10 to $20 million they’ve lost.

In other LaVar news, he’s also currently trying to score some free BBB sneakers for his AAU team—the AAU team that got destroyed by more than 50 points the other day—by making a bet with Ice Cube. Cube recently challenged LaVar to try and hit one of the 4-point shots that will be allowed in the new Big 3 league Cube has started. And LaVar responded by challenging him right back and saying that he’ll take part in a shootout with Cube if Cube agrees to buy his whole AAU team BBB sneakers if he loses to LaVar:

Cube doesn’t look like he has too much to worry about.

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