The extended silence from LaVar Ball has officially ended. In a chat with TMZ, the enthusiastic Ball father explained his dream for all three of his sons to don a New York Knicks jersey to form a tandem with Marc Jason akin to the infamous Golden State Warriors.
LaVar is known for his rather ambitious takes about the NBA, especially when they relate to any of his three sons Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo. He is on record as saying he wanted all three of his sons to play for the Lakers.
And now, following Zo’s trade from L.A., he has moved to the Knicks. He didn’t even stop there, though. He apparently wants Mark Jackson to coach his sons, maybe so they can one day become the next dynasty?
Weirdly enough, it’s actually more than possible that at least one of his boys ends up a Knick. With LaMelo lighting it up in the NBL, he is a projected lottery pick this summer. You can expect the Knicks to be somewhere up there, too, considering their abysmal season so far.
Since then, Iverson repeatedly has said that the Warriors’ superstar would be his point guard if he was assembling an all-time starting five.
“You know what’s funny — I have that saved on my phone,” Curry told Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on the latest episode of “All the Smoke” on Showtime (the full show will air this Thursday). “It’s crazy. It’s crazy, right?
“I ain’t never had a big head. That dude who I picked up a lot of game and inspiration from — he’s now looking at my game …
“Some OGs, they don’t want to relinquish the praise. Same way we respect the OGs, we want it both ways. So when you do hear that, that means something.”
As Steph said after Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals: “Low-key, I’ve always wanted to be like Allen Iverson.”
It must be killing the three-time NBA champion to be sidelined with the broken left hand, especially on nights like Monday in Portland when he sat on the Warriors’ bench while Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard dropped 61 points in an overtime win over the Dubs.
Now is the perfect time to remind everybody that the two-time NBA MVP averaged 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists against the Blazers in the 2019 Western Conference Finals, all while shooting 47 percent overall and nearly 43 percent from deep.
It’s safe to assume that Iverson doesn’t forget about that, and neither should you.
The No. 1 overall pick out of Duke will make his debut Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs at just the right time for the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that’s suddenly come together over the last month or so.
There are so many questions swirling about Williamson after his return from knee surgery, and so much speculation about what he’ll be able to do in the NBA.
I’ll add to it, with a prediction that’s probably not that nuts for those fans who watched him with the Blue Devils: he’s going to turn out to be something we’ve never seen before.
This is the Williamson who blew out his shoe while playing for Duke, likely because of the sheer force he put on his foot (and knee) while trying to pivot. It’s the Williamson who brings Shaquille O’Neal-like rim-shattering thunder when he dunks, who could prove critics wrong by hitting threes occasionally and make himself unguardable in the process. He’ll wow you with his underrated ball-handling skills for a man that size. And his otherworldly springiness will lead to surprise blocks and steals like this one:
Look at that speed! Look at that bounce!
And that SIZE! The Charles Barkley comparisons were somewhat apt, but Barkley didn’t seem this explosive above the rim. At 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, it’s shocking at how nimble and smooth he is. A reminder: there are two NBA players heavier than Williamson is, and they’re 7-foot-4 (Boban Marjanovic, 290 pounds) and 7-foot-5 (Tacko Fall, 311 pounds).
Is he going to keep getting hacked to go to the line, where he might struggle (he hit 64 percent from the charity stripe in his one year with Duke)? Or is that a bad idea because he’s strong enough to fight through some arms near the rim to give himself and-ones forever?
You get the point.
Maybe Williamson’s weight is a problem, or his penchant to explode from the floor too much for his body to take. But on the night of his debut, everything is possible, even in the limited time he’ll be on the court. Be prepared to see something you’ve never seen before, and marvel.
Former Lakers guard Kobe Bryant believes in the novel concept of elite players in a sport competing against one another in the same league. When Bryant was asked during a promotional interview with CNN whether he believed there was a future for his daughter in the NBA, he decided to take his answer one step further and say that the possibility of breaking the gender barrier could happen today–curiously, however, he never says “yes” to the question.
“I think there are a couple of players who could play in the NBA right now, honestly,” Bryant said. “There’s a lot of players with a lot of skill that could do it. Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne. There’s a lot of great players out there, so they could certainly keep up with them.”
If you buy into the ethos of the Mamba Mentality that Bryant has tried to cultivate for himself in the latter half of his playing career and retirement, it would make sense that he would name these three players. Taurasi is the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer, the 2009 WNBA MVP, a nine-time All Star and a three-time champion. Moore was the league’s MVP in 2014, has won four titles and been an All Star six times. Delle Donne became the first-ever WNBA player to join the 50-40-90 club, is a six-time All Star, and a two-time MVP, the second of which came this past season where she won the first WNBA title of her career with the Washington Mystics–their first championship in franchise history. These players are all winners and statistical leaders in the sport, two traits that Bryant has had a well-documented obsession with.
LeBron James recently responded to someone who threw something at his son Bronny James on Monday, as Bronny played in Springfield, Massachusetts, with his team Sierra Canyon.
James was also in Massachusetts on Monday since his Los Angeles Lakers faced the Boston Celtics later that night, so he was able to watch his son play.
A clip that recently surfaced shows Bronny taking out the ball on the sidelines, then suddenly something orange and flimsy hits him in the back.
Right away, the referee stopped the play and called an officer to remove the culprit. But that person wasn’t immediately identified and didn’t have to leave.
James said he didn’t see the object being thrown until later when viewing game video, but had something to say about it after the Lakers and Celtics game concluded.
“It’s just disrespectful, and it was a little kid too,” said James. “I don’t know how old that little kid was, so I don’t know if he learned that on his own, or if he learned it at home.”
“Whatever the case may be, it’s disrespectful,” added the NBA star. “I wonder how old that kid is if he is the age around Bronny’s age or Bryce’s age,” James said of two of his sons. I’d like to see them try that while they’re paying attention.”
Then on Tuesday, the person who threw the object came forward on video and apologized. The little kid said he threw an orange peel at Bronny because he wanted to get the 15-year-old’s attention.
The child also said he’s a huge Lakers fan, which is evident based on the Lakers pillowcase and comforter he had on his bed.
“I’m sorry @james family for what I did,” said the little boy. “I’m a huge fan and I was just trying to get Bronnys attention … I was calling out Bronnys name and just wanted him to see me. The security never threw me out, they never knew it was me, but my mom still took me home.”
“We knew I was wrong and it’s not a good thing to do,” added the young Lakers fan. “Believe me or not, I want to send out an apology to Bronny, because me and my family discussed it and knew it was the right thing to do.”
James hasn’t responded to the little kid yet, but on Monday he wrote a message to Bronny on Instagram.