LiAngelo Ball Is Being Scouted by the Los Angeles Lakers

Although many people thought it would be impossible, it looks like LiAngelo Ball actually might have a shot at being drafted by an NBA team. According to reports, the middle brother of the polarizing Ball family is being scouted by none other than the team of his older brother Lonzo, the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas provided the scoop on Twitter that the Lakers paid a visit to Lithuania to watch Gelo ball in a contest between his team, Prienu Vytautas, and Nevezis. LiAngelo provided a decent contribution to his team's victory by dropping 12 points and going 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

The 19-year old LiAngelo officially declared for the NBA Draft this past March (and dropped an insane 72 points in a game the same day), but many feel that he is not an NBA-ready prospect.

There are least a few people who believe LiAngelo should be drafted, one of which is his father LaVar. After all, he did say previously how he hopes that all three of his sons will be able to play together rocking the iconic purple and gold. He even claimed Lonzo would not re-sign with the team if it didn't happen. Paul Pierce has also recently said he thinks there is a “good shot” Gelo will make it to the league.  

LiAngelo's draft status still might be up in the air, but the fact the Lakers are scouting him has to be at least somewhat of a good sign. Everyone will have to wait and see if a second Big Baller will make his way into the NBA when the 2018 NBA Draft takes place on June 21. One thing can be guaranteed—he will not be selected No. 2 overall like his brother Lonzo was last year.

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Drake’s Dad Cosigns LaVar Ball: ‘He’s an Outspoken Guy’

Drake's pops is officially a Big Baller. According to TMZone of music's most famous fathers is a supporter to one of basketball's most famous fathers. Dennis Graham is the latest person to cosign LaVar Ball and the Big Baller Brand. 

 

“I love [LaVar Ball] because he's outspoken,” says Graham. “He's an outspoken guy and that's what you gotta be. You gotta speak your mind.” 

While the fair share of people don't seem to share the same sentiment for the Godfather of Big Ballers, Graham has no problem with the father's headline-grabbing antics. 

“People have been kissing butts for too long. He doesn't do that. He speaks his mind,” Graham told TMZ.

The father of the 6 God definitely isn't lying either. If there's one thing that Ball does, it's speak his mind. In just this past year alone, he has been involved in an feud of sorts with the President, called out the Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, and professed he could beat Michael Jordan in a game of 1-on-1. In fact, there isn't much that Ball won't say, which is what has made him such a polarizing figure in sports and put the entire Ball family at the forefront of sports conversations for the better part of the past year. 

While Ball has solidified his spot on the unofficial Top 10 list of celebrity fathers, Graham has also done his fair share to occupy a spot with his impeccable suit game and cameos in everything from Drake's music videos to ads for his Virginia Black whiskey (along with a fantastic slogan).

While his haters will remain abundant, a Dennis Graham cosign could do wonders for the LaVar and Big Baller Brand. Better yet, it might even plant the seed for a future Lonzo Ball/Drizzy collabo track or a BBB x Drake sneaker given the rapper's shaky situation with Jordan Brand. One can only hope.

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Atlanta Hawks Fans Yell Savage Chant to Cavs: ‘LeBron Will Leave You’

Atlanta Hawks fans are ruthless. During last night's game, the Hawks crowd taunted the Cleveland Cavaliers by chanting “LeBron will leave you” and “LeBron will trade you.”

Of course, the taunts come after Cleveland basically became a new team at the trade deadline. The Cavaliers gave Iman Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings; Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Jazz; Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat; and Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers. In exchange, they got George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, and Rodney Hood on their squad. Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green managed to stick around, though, and Atlanta made sure to give them crap for it.

After last night's game, James explained the decision process behind the multiple trades.

“It's not about what the other guys didn't bring or what these guys bring,” said James at the press conference, according to ESPN. “We're all professionals, and we were happy with the guys that we had, and we're going to [be] happy with the guys that we have now. That's the way the league is, it's a business. There's no shade on anybody.”

The Cavaliers are spending February trying to get back on track after crawling their way out of the Finals conversation last month. At the very least, they're better than Atlanta: The Cavaliers handily beat the Hawks, 123-107.

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Kyle Kuzma Insults LaMelo Ball’s Teeth in Awkward Instagram Comeback

Throughout this NBA season, young Los Angeles Lakers stars Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball have developed a pretty interesting rapport on social media with their ongoing Troll Wars. By the looks of it, the two have become pretty close friends since joining the team, and what do all good friends do best? Relentlessly roast the hell out of each other. Both have gotten some good digs in on each other, but now it looks like even Lonzo's younger brother LaMelo is getting involved in the back-and-forth. 

Ahead of a Jan. 17 contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kuzma posted a photo of his pregame fit to his Instagram. 

 

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A post shared by Kyle Kuzma (@kuzmakyle) on Jan 17, 2018 at 3:28pm PST

A quick look at the comments and you can see that LaMelo let his opinion be known that he wasn't too fond of the outfit Kuzma was flexing on social media by commenting, “He think he fly.” Rather than peacefully ignore the subtle jab, Kuzma decided the proper solution was to go right for LaMelo's jugular and clap back at his appearance as well. The high quality response read, “I'm so fly I could fly between that gap between yo teeth.”

No worries though. The 17-year old took the comment in stride. Apparently, he's even ready to fight another round after that haymaker. “Ima have to grill him,” LaMelo tweeted. 

This isn't the first time Kuzma has taken a shot at LaMelo. Before the 16-year old and his brother LiAngelo made the move from Chino Hills, California to Lithuania to play for Prienu Vytautas, LaMelo decided to post a goodbye on his IG. His caption read “Ima Miss The Hills,” and Kuzma was quick to assure LaMelo that “the hills ain't gone miss u.”

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This Troll Wars saga between the Ball family and Kuzma is starting to reach Bird-Magic levels of intensity, and we should all be appreciative of it. Most recently, Kuzma even came at Lonzo for rocking “toddler shoes.”

Despite the two young players clearly loving to come at each other's style whenever possible, the off-court chemistry is sure to eventually translate into some on-court success for years to come, much to the chagrin of Lakers fans everywhere. 

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Kobe Is Getting His Own NBA Analysis Show on ESPN

More post-retirement perks are on the way for Kobe Bryant. After getting two jersey numbers retired by the Los Angeles Lakers and a brand new Lakers uniform inspired by his legendary nickname unveiled last month, there is now word that the Black Mamba will be getting his own basketball analysis show on ESPN.

The show, which is titled Detail, will be written, produced, and hosted by Bryant and is a creative venture between ESPN and Kobe's Granity Studios. The show will be a simple enough premise. One of the best players in NBA history will be providing game analysis. What could be better than a generational talent critiquing other players on their game? Almost nothing. 

“Studying game film is how the best get better. It’s the university for a master’s degree in basketball.” Bryant tells ESPN. “I learned how to study film from the best coaches of all time – Phil Jackson and Tex Winter. Detail provides an opportunity to teach that skill to the next generation on large platform with ESPN.”

Detail is scheduled to premiere in March 2018 and will begin with an initial 15 episodes, starting at the tail end of the regular season and concluding during the NBA Finals.

Imagine Bryant breaking down a missed LeBron or KD game-winner in the playoffs? Incredible.

“Having an all-time great like Kobe share the same analysis he offers current players will be a tutorial for elite athletes around the world and the ultimate inside access for viewers,” says ESPN vice president of original content Kevin Wildes.

Bryant's Granity Studios has worked with ESPN in the past on Canvas City, which featured a purple snake puppet named Little Mamba as Kobe's sidekick, and the MuseCage Basketball Network segments as well.

Kobe has definitely remained busy post-retirement. Does this foray into analysis mean coaching could be in his future? He might be the key to getting Lonzo Ball and the Lakers back on track if LaVar runs current head coach Luke Walton out of town

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Steve Kerr Goes Off on LaVar Ball and Calls Him ‘the Kardashian of the NBA’

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has had about enough of LaVar Ball. Prior to the Warriors' game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, Kerr went on a rant, blasting the media, specifically ESPN, for their coverage of LaVar and the entire Ball family. “Somewhere, I guess in Lithuania, LaVar Ball is laughing,” he said. “People are eating out of his hands for no apparent reason, other than that he's become the Kardashian of the NBA or something. That sells, and that's what is true in politics, entertainment and now in sports. It doesn't matter if there's any substance involved in an issue.” 

Kerr's problem with the Worldwide Leader in Sports in all of this is that, not too long, ESPN laid off a number of journalists who covered the NBA and provided substance by writing about the X's and O's of the game of basketball. However, all of that has gone out of the window, in favor of what Kerr refers to as “sensationalized news.” 

“You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more,” Ball said of Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton. “Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him.” LaVar's remarks must have struck a chord with Kerr since Walton served as an assistant coach under him for the Warriors from 2014 to 2016. 

It's the second time in as many days where an NBA head coach has criticized ESPN for giving LaVar a platform. On Sunday, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called the article where LaVar ripped Walton a “disgrace,” adding that ESPNshould back up the coaches.” 

Watch Kerr's rant regarding Ball, ESPN, and the media below. 

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LaVar Ball Goes Off in Brutal Comments About Charles Barkley’s Family

 

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball are officially ensconced in Lithuania, and their father, LaVar, is busy doing what he does best—stirring up controversy with his trademark provocative statements. His latest target is Charles Barkley, with whom he has previously sparred in the past.

In a January 5 interview with Sports Illustrated's Jared Zwerling, the Big Baller patriarch had some cutting words about the former NBA MVP and current TNT analyst.

When asked about his public image, Ball didn't hold back when delving in to his beef with Barkely. “Like Charles Barkley, he's been talking crazy. 'LaVar is a bad father, this and that.' And I'm just, like, don't even talk about Gelo going to China because you've been in jail in Arizona. You have kids that you don't even talk about. You have a daughter nobody knows about,” Lavar said. 

In March 2009, Barkley did serve a three-day jail sentence in Phoenix stemming from a drunk driving charge, though Ball's claim about a secret daughter is much harder to confirm or deny.

Barkley has been a harsh critic of Ball in the past. He challenged LaVar, who played at Washington State and averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds, to a game of one-on-oneBarkley later responded to Ball's decision to send his two youngest sons to play professionally for Lithuania's Prienu Vytautas. Ball's eldest, Lonzo, is the Los Angeles Lakers' starting point guard and was the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

“He represents everything that's bad about sports,” Barkley told ESPN. “You know, I just feel bad for those kids because everybody talks about, 'He might be a good father,' this and that. No, he's not. He's just exploiting his kids.”

Both Ball and Barkley have had their share of defenders and detractors on social media.

Ball recently claimed all three of his sons will be Los Angeles Lakers by 2020, but whether that happens or not he'll surely find a way to stay in the news by jawing at the league's media class.

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LeBron James Responds to His Leaked Conversation With Lonzo Ball

 

LeBron James wants people to mind their own business.

Earlier this week, the Cleveland Cavaliers star ignited speculation and intrigue after he was filmed muttering some words to Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The two had a brief post-game conversation with their mouths covered, presumably to stymie any potential lip-reading, however LeBron may have underestimated audio technology capabilities, because his message was captured by a mic and later revealed to the world.

Here’s what he told Ball:

“Find your zone and just stay fucking locked in. The media is going to ask you what I told you right now. Tell them nothing. Just be aggressive every single day. It's white noise to you. That's all it is. All right? Let's go.”

Just a day after his message was revealed, LeBron spoke to reporters about changes to the NBA All-Star Game format and whether the team captains should make their picks in private or on TV. LeBron took this opportunity to address the leaked conversation:

“Some things could be held private, like my conversation with Lonzo,” James said Saturday. “Everything doesn’t need to be said and people find out. There should be some type of privacy. So I’m OK with it.”

LeBron is understandably upset. No one likes it when their business is made public against his/her wishes. We’re sure LeBron will think twice before he has another “private” conversation in front of cameras, recorders, and hundreds of spectators.

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Los Angeles Lakers Plan to Lock Arms for National Anthem All Season

In the midst of being historically trash for three consecutive seasons while ownership has endured a familial power struggle, the Los Angeles Lakers have shown some semblance of unity. D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young patched up their differences last season before both of them eventually ended up on different teams, and the squad found a rallying cry in Metta World Peace’s “I love basketball” mantra.

As the Lonzo Ball-led Magic Johnson regime began with Saturday night’s preseason game, the Lakers embraced a type of unity with a bit more of a serious tone by locking arms during the national anthem.

“We are in this together,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton told ESPN before his team played a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “I think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously, they have a ton of respect … well I will let them speak for themselves but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military.”

The gesture appears to fit within the confines of a memo the NBA sent to all 30 teams on September 29 reinforcing a longstanding rule that players are required to stand for the singing of the national anthem. The memo advised players and/or team officials to give pregame speeches or conduct community events in lieu of kneeling or remaining in the locker room during the anthem.

The Seattle Seahawks began the process of interlocking arms during the anthem on September 11, 2016. The gesture was viewed as an alternative to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling in protest to bring awareness to conditions impacting black American citizens and other people of color.

“By locking arms, I feel like we are showing that there are issues in this country and it is a chance for us to raise awareness and still make it a talking point,” Walton said. “If you do nothing, then it kind of goes away and if it goes away, then nothing changes.”

The Lakers’ actions come eight days after President Donald Trump rescinded an invitation to the White House that several members of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors preemptively declined.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement expressing regret that the Warriors wouldn’t visit the White House, while LeBron James opted for stronger rhetoric, referring to Trump as “U bum.”

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Lonzo Ball on Whether He’s Starting a Sneaker Bidding War: ‘Something Like That’

Over the last three Summer League games, Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has worn everything but his Big Baller Brand ZO2 shoes. Last Wednesday, Ball was spotted rocking the Nike Kobe AD. 

Two days later, Ball wore James Harden's signature Adidas shoe.

Then, Lonzo rocked the Under Armour Curry 4 personally sent to him by Steph.

Lonzo's ever-changing footwear of choice doesn't appear to be bothering his father LaVar one bit. “That boy can play barefoot and do the same thing. He’s just letting them know he can play in any shoe he feels like,” LaVar told ESPN. “That’s how that Big Baller Brand roll. We’ve got that independence. We don’t have to be strapped down. You know how many players want to do that?”

Prior to Sunday's Lakers game against the Dallas Mavericks, ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth pointed out his latest footwear of choice tonight and wondered if there was an ulterior motive in the works. “You're wearing the Jordan 31s tonight … are you trying to start a bidding war here?,” Hubbarth asked. “Something like that,” Ball replied.

Regardless of what he throws on his feet, Lonzo is still balling out—no pun intended—against the Mavs.

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