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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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Lamar Odom is trying to put the past behind him.

The former NBA champion opened up about his rampant cocaine use in an article for the Players’ Tribune, saying that he used the drug every day prior to his nearly fatal overdose in 2015.

“I think of all the sneaky shit I tried to get away with,” he wrote. “All the times I did wrong. All the stuff I tried to hide. If it’s not in the public light, it’s in God’s light.

“I was laying there in that bed, hooked up to all these machines, people all around me crying, and there was no running from it anymore. It was like God was telling me, ‘Whatever the fuck you think you’re doing, you need to slow down. Or it’s gonna be worse than this.'”

While Odom is now sober, he says that his urge to relapse is still strong, but a promise to his daughter Destiny to seek treatment has motivated him over the past couple of years.

“I’m sober now. But it’s an everyday struggle,” he wrote. “I have an addiction. I’ll always have an addiction. It never goes away. I mean, I want to get high right now. But I know that I can’t if I want to be here for my children.

“I shook hands with death. But you know what? Ain’t no coming back from that. Even though my funeral would probably be a good funeral, and there’d probably be a lot of people who hadn’t seen each other in a long time. But it ain’t time for that yet.”

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How excited is Rob Pelinka about the potential of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 2017 draft class that he saw in summer league?

“It’s kind of like if you go on YouTube and you think about Taylor Swift when she was 16 years old (playing) her first song,” the general manager explained on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday. “It’s her guitar, it’s her in a little studio, and you watch it and you listen to it and you say, ‘Wow, this is going to be a special thing to follow and a really cool narrative to unfold.'”

Pelinka sees some of that early T-Swift magic in this year’s No. 2 pick, Lonzo Ball, as well as No. 27 pick Kyle Kuzma and No. 30 pick Josh Hart. If the Lakers’ young core, including previous blue-chip prospects Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle, can combine for as many All-Star appearances as Grammys Swift’s won since breaking onto the scene a decade ago – 10 – Pelinka will be a happy man.

“I think it’s going to be a really cool phenomenon to watch unfold, much like the trajectory of a young artist that develops,” Pelinka said.

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LeBron James‘ future as a Cleveland Cavalier has garnered much speculation over recent weeks as the organization undergoes a tumultuous offseason.

Considering LeBron has a 2018 player option, talk of The King bolting west has gained some traction with both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers being mentioned as potential landing spots.

However, ESPN’s Mike Wise appeared on the “Freddie and Fritz” show and said the latter franchise should be ruled out entirely.

“I got from a very good authority – a very good authority. I can’t tell you who, but I’m going to tell you it’s somebody that knows,” Wise stated. “He’s never going to be a Clipper. I’m just telling people right now, for your edification.”

Considering Wise didn’t offer concrete details on why James is so against the notion, his certainty is surprising.

But since the claim projects far into the future – and an array of NBA offseason moves have yet to be made – LeBron fans may want to scratch the Clippers off the list in pencil, rather than pen.

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D’Angelo Russell was introduced to New York media Monday as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, and sounded like he’s ready for a fresh start after two tumultuous seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I’m just excited to be here,” Russell said, according to the New York Times’ Malika Andrews, before acknowledging Lakers team president Magic Johnson’s thinly-veiled shot at him on the way out of L.A.

“It’s the past, so it’s irrelevant, honestly.”

Following last week’s trade of Russell and Timofey Mozgov for Brook Lopez, Johnson told reporters that he needed “a leader” and someone “that players want to play with.”

Russell, 21, is unquestionably a major talent. Yet he hasn’t helped himself in terms of team chemistry with stunts like secretly videotaping former teammate Nick Young. He said Monday his focus is simply to get out and play.

“Me proving anybody wrong is not my focus,” Russell said, according to Basketball Insiders’ Michael Scotto. “That’s another thing that’s not really relevant to me … I’m excited. Like I said, once I heard the trade happened I was surprised. I didn’t look at it as a negative, I looked at it as a celebration and I can’t wait to get in the gym with these guys and just learn from them.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers have their point guard of the future after selecting UCLA product Lonzo Ball in Thursday’s NBA draft – a move that made D’Angelo Russell expendable days prior.

While introducing Ball to the media, Lakers president Magic Johnson thanked Russell for his two years with the organization, but acknowledged that he wasn’t the right guy to lead the team.

“I’m going to do what it takes to get the right players in here with the right mindset. D’Angelo (Russell) is an excellent player. He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us,” Johnson said Friday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina. “But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody that also can make the other players better and also (somebody) that players want to play with.”

Russell, along with the $54 million remaining on Timofey Mozgov‘s contract, were sent to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick, which was used on Utah’s Kyle Kuzma.

During his short tenure with the Lakers, Russell’s character and maturity were brought into question on multiple occasions, including an incident in which he secretly recorded Nick Young confessing to cheating on his now ex-fiancee, musician Iggy Azalea.

Russell was essentially a shooting guard masquerading as a point guard, anyway, with Ball’s skills more suited to running an offense and promoting ball movement.

“He (Ball) gives you a scoring pass. That’s the key. Not just a pass. One that you can score. All our players are gonna be excited,” added Johnson, according to Mike Trudell‏ of Lakers.com.

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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.