Posts Tagged ‘LaVar Ball’

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Shaquille O’Neal is calling out LaVar Ball again – this time, in the form of a diss track.

TMZ Sports premiered the track Thursday, on which O’Neal mocks Ball’s basketball career (“I been doing this a long time / When you was averaging two points, riding the pine”) and addresses Ball’s claims that he’d beat him and Michael Jordan one-one-one (“First you can beat Mike, then you can beat me / Wake that ass up, you havin’ a dream”).

Earlier this week, O’Neal shared an Instagram photo of himself in a vintage Los Angeles Lakers jersey and declared himself the “Original Big Baller.”

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The always outspoken LaVar Ball and the world of professional wrestling seem like a match made in heaven.

With “Monday Night Raw” airing live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 26, World Wrestling Entertainment is reportedly interested in having LaVar – the father of the Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick, Lonzo – appear on its programming that night, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin.

The two sides have been in talks, but nothing is yet set in stone.

While livestreaming Thursday’s NBA draft from their seats, LaVar and the rest of the Ball family in attendance were overheard discussing what sounds like the possibility of him being on the show.

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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar kept up his criticism of LaVar Ball on Friday, saying that the publicity-seeking hoops dad is cheapening the college game.

“Everybody knows about his sons because he has been able to hype them,” Abdul-Jabbar told Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic. “But I don’t think that’s good for college basketball. It looks like it’s a huckster show. And that bothers me, you know. You have people going those lengths to promote their kids. I don’t get it.”

The 70-year-old Hall of Famer has been critical of Ball before, saying last month that he doesn’t think LaVar is doing his sons any good. Like Abdul-Jabbar, Lonzo Ball starred at UCLA and could also end up playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Abdul-Jabbar, who has won more NBA MVPs (six) than anyone else in history, also reiterated his viewpoint that the one-and-done rule is a “travesty” for college basketball.

“One-and-dones doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said. “To have somebody come and be on campus for six months and play a basketball season, what is that? … it’s not good for the college game and it hasn’t been good for the pro game. I think they better find a different way of dealing with those issues.”

There’s a sense that alterations will need to eventually come to both eligibility and draft rules. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has gone on record saying the league is considering ditching the one-and-done rule as early as next season.

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Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson reiterated this week that the media antics of LaVar Ball will have no influence on whether the Lakers select Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in next month’s draft.

“I don’t look at any parent when it comes to a professional league,” Johnson told ESPN LA 710’s “Marcellus and Kevin” on Wednesday. “I have no problem with LaVar.”

Johnson then drew a comparison to another only-in-L.A. story, the Kardashians.

“The Kardashians, we didn’t say the mom was bad, and she made them a lot of money, right?” he said. “I think it’s the same here, (LaVar is) saying ‘my son’s great’ and there’s nothing bad with that.”

Johnson went on the record earlier this month by saying the potential distraction of the senior Ball wouldn’t dictate the Lakers’ draft strategy. While most observers expect the purple and gold to select the UCLA product, other reports have suggested it’s not a given.

Last week, The Vertical’s Jonathon Givony said the Lakers were trying to set up a head-to-head workout between Ball and De’Aaron Fox, who torched Ball in the NCAA tournament. Johnson didn’t discuss that report, but did say the team was in the process of setting up a workout with Ball.

Despite LaVar’s earlier proclamation that his son would only work out for his hometown Lakers, a report surfaced Thursday that he would consider visiting the Philadelphia 76ers, holders of the No. 3 pick.

Johnson, meanwhile, reminded listeners that once players arrive in the NBA, they are all over the age of 18 and can be considered adults.

“This young man has been a champion in high school, he’s gone on to have a stellar career at UCLA, and his father was talking then and it didn’t bother (Lonzo),” Johnson said. “So as long as it doesn’t bother him, it’s not going to bother the Lakers organization as long as Lonzo performs on the basketball court.”