Lonzo Ball decided not to wear his signature show the ZO2 during his workout for the Lakers today. What shoes did he wear? He wore Harden Vol. 1 adidas.
Does he not like his own shoe?
Last summer, Hawks C Dwight Howard said he was reluctant to shoot jump shots during games because he was afraid to miss. However, this summer, it’s a whole different story. Howard told ESPN’s “The Jump” that he is looking to add a three-point shot to his repertoire.
Here is what Howard had to say:
Magic Johnson is a very confident man. Also, he is very confident in his “Showtime” Lakers of the 80s. Magic believes that his Lakers would sweep the current Golden State Warriors. While those the Lakers of the 80s could possibly beat this current Warriors team, I don’t think it would be a sweep.
Listen to what Magic had to say:
Special advisor to the Philadelphia 76ers Jerry Colangelo, who is the father of 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo, has some concerns about Lonzo Ball, but those concerns have nothing to do with Ball the basketball player.
Jerry Colangelo gave his thoughts on Lonzo Ball to Carlin and Reese on 94 WIP on Friday:
“I think Ball is a terrific prospect and could have an outstanding NBA future. I think it’s going to be challenging with the people around him, without being specific, and, yet, I don’t think teams should bypass the player because they have those concerns. I think at he end of the day, what wins in this league is talent, and this is a very talented young man.”
Even with LaVar Ball in the equation, it is very clear, that Colangelo would still have no problem drafting Lonzo Ball.
When asked if he feels LaVar Ball would be an issue, Colangelo had this to say:
“That remains to be seen. I think everyone has to make whatever judgment they need to to come to a final conclusion, and I know all of that is being discussed internally by every team.”
At this point, if teams feel like Lonzo Ball can help them win, they will draft him. In the end, talent wins basketball games!
The 76ers have the third pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The great Jerry West was not only a great player, but a great NBA executive too! As an executive, West helped build the “Showtime” Lakers, and helped put together the championship Lakers of the early 2000s. West would eventually go to the Memphis Grizzlies, and currently is an executive board member of the Golden State Warriors. Now, there are rumors that West could be on his way to the Clippers.
However, West denied that he has talked to the Clippers. When asked about going to the Clippers, West told TMZ Sports, with a smile “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Maybe West is telling the truth; maybe he is not. In the end, Jerry West can help the Clippers or any team for that matter. West contract with the Warriors ends in July.
LeBron James is about to make his eighth NBA Finals appearance; however, he had address something else today. James talked about racism in America after his Los Angeles home was vandalized, including the N-word spray painted on his front gate.
Here is what LeBron had to say:
Count former NBA star and now current FOX Sports basketball analyst Jim Jackson as a fan of LaVar Ball. Jackson loves what LaVar Ball is doing in terms of marketing his son Lonzo. More importantly, Jackson loves how LaVar is raising his kids. Jackson shared his thoughts with TMZ Sports:
“If you watch the way he play, one thing I can say about Lonzo, he plays the game the right way, his teammates love him, he has a high IQ for the game. So, LaVar did a lot of things right in regards to raising his sons. They don’t get in trouble. They stay out of situations where young men can get into. The household is stable, so all those things are positive. That’s why I said, you get caught up in the messenger a lot of times and taking it out on Lonzo and forgetting the talent that he is.”
If more boys had a dad like LaVar Ball, the world would be a better place!
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Heat president Pat Riley knows a lot about the NBA Finals. As a coach, Riley won four championships with the “Showtime” Lakers, and won another one with the 2006 Miami Heat. So, when Pat Riley talks about the NBA Finals, we all have to listen.
Riley told TMZ Sports, that he expects to see a very good NBA Finals:
“I like to see a great finals. I’m about a great finals. I think it’s going to be one of the best ever.”
While LeBron’s seven straight NBA Finals appearances are impressive, Riley did not want us to forget what Magic Johnson did:
“The Lakers with Magic Johnson went to the finals, during “Showtime,” nine times in 12 years,” Riley said to TMZ Sports.
I actually believe LeBron could actually get to nine straight NBA Finals. At this point, the Eastern Conference still does not have a team that can dethrone the Cavs. However, anything is possible.
There has been a lot of talk about the future of Chris Paul with the Clippers. The San Antonio Spurs reportedly might pursue Paul, who is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. However, Clippers president/coach Doc Rivers believes that Paul will stay in Los Angeles. When asked by TMZ Sports if Paul is going to stay with the Clippers, Rivers said “absolutely.”
It might be a tall order for the Spurs to sign Paul anyway. According to ESPN, the Spurs would possibly have to do the following:
Spurs would have to renounce the rights to looming free agents Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, and Jonathan Simmons as well as potential free agents Dwayne Dedmon and David Lee.
They may have to make other moves as well to make it work.
Plus, the Clippers could offer Paul more money (53 million more). End of the day, the Spurs are cap-strapped; therefore, I don’t see it happening.
However, if there is a will, there is a way!
LeBron James is back in the NBA Finals after the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics in Game five of the Eastern Conference Finals to win the series 4-1 on Thursday night. King James did something else that was special yesterday in Boston. James surpassed Michael Jordan and became the all-time leading scorer in NBA Playoffs history. After the game, LeBron talked about how he emulated Michael Jordan growing up, and how he might emulate Jordan’s hair in the future:
“I did pretty much everything MJ did. I shot fadeaways, I wore a leg sleeve, I didn’t go bald, but I’m getting there.”
He might be there, in terms of the hair, sooner than later!
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