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LaVar Ball pulls LiAngelo from UCLA to focus on NBA Draft

  LaVar Ball said on Monday he will withdraw his son LiAngelo from the college basketball program at UCLA in protest at his suspension for shoplifting in China. LiAngelo was one of three UCLA players arrested in China earlier this month and later released after the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping. He was later suspended indefinitely by UCLA over what became an international incident and led to a war of words been LaVar and President Donald Trump. LaVar, however, told ESPN on Monday he was withdrawing his son from UCLA. "We are exploring other options with Gelo," LaVar told ESPN. "He's out of there." "I'm not sitting back and waiting. "He wasn't ...Keep on reading: LaVar Ball pulls LiAngelo from UCLA to focus on NBA Draft.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerDec 5th, 2017

Ball brothers, slowed by injuries, leaving Lithuanian club

By The Associated Press LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are leaving their Lithuania team by mutual agreement. BC Prienu Vytautas on Thursday announced the departure of the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The team says LiAngelo injured an ankle and LaMelo has been bothered by back pain. Lithuanian basketball writer Donatas Urbonas says on Twitter that father LaVar Ball told him he was upset over LaMelo’s diminished playing time. Nineteen-year-old LiAngelo averaged 12.6 points and 21.2 minutes in 14 games, and 16-year-old LaMelo averaged 6.5 points and 12.4 minutes in eight games. LiAngelo left UCLA in December after he was suspended for shoplifting during the Bruins’ trip to China. He has declared for the NBA draft. LaMelo left his California high school to turn pro......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident

By Beth Harris, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting have been allowed to return home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were on a plane back to Los Angeles that was due to land late Tuesday afternoon after a 12-hour flight from Shanghai. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the matter "has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities." The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team returned home last Saturday. A person with knowledge of the Pac-12's decision said any discipline involving the trio would be up to UCLA. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conference doesn't plan any sanctions. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options. "I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law," he said in a statement. "In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared." There was no immediate word on the trio's status for the team's home opener Wednesday night against Central Arkansas. The school said the three players, along with coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero, will make their first public comments about the matter at a campus news conference Wednesday, but won't take questions. Scott thanked President Donald Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called "the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China." He indicated that UCLA made "significant efforts" on behalf of its athletes. It wasn't clear under what terms the players were freed to return to the U.S. "We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university," Scott said. Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players' status with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Ball, Hill and Riley were expected to have an immediate impact as part of UCLA's highly touted recruiting class. Instead, they are being talked about solely for their actions off the court. Ball, a guard whose brother Lonzo is a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 33.8 points as a high school senior. The elder Ball played one season in Westwood and left early for the NBA draft. The Balls' outspoken father, LaVar, was in China at the time of the incident. He spent some time promoting the family's Big Baller Brand of athletic shoes with his youngest son, LaMelo, while his middle son was detained. Forwards Hill and Riley, both four-star recruits, figure to bolster 7-foot senior Thomas Welsh in the frontcourt. The Bruins traveled to China as part of the Pac-12's global initiative that seeks to popularize the league's athletic programs and universities overseas. The China Game is in its third year, and while the scandal was developing the league announced that California and Yale will play in next year's edition. The game is sponsored by Alibaba Group, the Chinese commerce giant that both UCLA and Georgia Tech visited before the shoplifting incident occurred......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2017

Wall’s 23, Beal’s 22 help Wiz beat Lonzo Ball, Lakers 111-95

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall’s Wizards managed to make a double-digit edge hold up against the Lakers this time, with the All-Star point guard scoring 23 points and Bradley Beal 22 as Washington beat Los Angeles and cold-shooting Lonzo Ball 111-95 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Ball had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. But the No. 2 overall draft pick out of UCLA came in making just 29.5 percent of his field-goal attempts for the Lakers and he was worse against the Wizards, going 3-for-12 — 25 percent. Washington’s Otto Porter Jr. finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Markieff Morris scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including a pair of three's to open the third quarter. Coming off a home loss in which they never held a lead against the NBA-worst Dallas Mavericks, the Wizards went up by as many as 21 against the Lakers, at 91-70 on Porter’s turnaround fadeaway jumper with about 75 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Lakers pulled to 93-84 on Julius Randle’s two-handed slam with about 8 minutes left in the game. But a triple by Beal soon built the hosts’ advantage back up to 15 and the outcome was never in doubt the rest of the way. That’s not always been the case for Washington this season, when its defense has seemed to be optional at times. But Washington held the Lakers to 36 percent Thursday (Friday, PHL time). When these teams played each other in Los Angeles last month in the fourth game of the season for each, the Wizards led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter before the Lakers wound up winning 102-99 in overtime. There was plenty of Wall vs. Ball hype leading into that one — initially fueled, not surprisingly, by Ball’s father, LaVar — although their matchup never become the game’s focus. TIP-INS Lakers: Seven players scored at least 10 points apiece, including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. ... Came in averaging an NBA-high 56 points in the paint and 16 of their first 20 points came that way Thursday (Friday, PHL time). L.A. finished with 48. Wizards: Wall had eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals. ... Centers Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi combined for 10 points and 11 personal fouls in 44 minutes. UP NEXT Lakers: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) for the third stop in a four-game trip. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is the NBA’s leading scorer at 31.9 ppg. Wizards: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). The Hawks’ 2-9 record is the worst in the Eastern Conference......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

LaVar Ball pulling son LaMelo out of SoCal high school

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LaVar Ball is pulling his 16-year-old son LaMelo out of his Southern California high school to be home schooled and so he can be made into 'the best basketball player ever.' LaVar told The Los Angeles Times that LaMelo, a junior, will leave Chino Hills High School on Tuesday so he will have fewer distractions and better focus. LaMelo is considered one of the nation's top high school recruits and has committed to play at UCLA, where his brother Lonzo played last season. Lonzo is now a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers and their brother, LiAngelo, will be a freshman at UCLA. LaMelo, who scored 92 points in a game for Chino Hills, will focus on playing for his father's travel team, Big Baller Brand. LaVar has grabbed attention over the past year with exaggerated claims and headline-grabbing antics. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017

LiAngelo Ball works out for Lakers with Lonzo looking on

LOS ANGELES --- Just about everything the Ball family does gets attention, and LiAngelo Ball's pre-draft workout with the Lakers on Tuesday was no exception. About two dozen members of the media watched Ball's final drills while Magic Johnson and Lakers coach Luke Walton looked on. Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo's older brother, was there for the workout as well. "I feel like it went good," the younger Ball said. "It's always fun being in here doing things I want to get better at. It was a good workout." LaVar Ball has been outspoken about his desire for all three of his sons --- Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo, the youngest --- to play for the Lakers. The Lakers have the 25...Keep on reading: LiAngelo Ball works out for Lakers with Lonzo looking on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

2018 NBA Draft sees 236 early entry candidates

NBA press release NEW YORK -- The National Basketball Association announced today that 236 players -- 181 players from colleges and post-graduate institutions and 55 international players -- have filed as early entry candidates for the 2018 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. Players wishing to enter the 2018 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 22. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 11. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen who have entered the 2018 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 30. Following is the list of players from colleges and post-graduate institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. EARLY ENTRY CANDIDATES FOR 2018 NBA DRAFT Player | School Deng Adel | Louisville Esa Ahmad | West Virginia Rawle Alkins | Arizona Mike Amius | Western Carolina Kostas Antetokounmpo | Dayton Deandre Ayton | Arizona Udoka Azubuike | Kansas Marvin Bagley III | Duke Mohamed Bamba | Texas Sedrick Barefield | Utah Keita Bates-Diop | Ohio State Tyus Battle | Syracuse Lamonte Bearden | Western Kentucky Tashawn Berry | Dakota College (ND) Leron Black | Illinois Brian Bowen II | South Carolina Ky Bowman | Boston College Jordan Brangers | South Plains College (TX) Mikal Bridges | Villanova Miles Bridges | Michigan State Barry Brown Jr. | Kansas State Bruce Brown Jr. | Miami Bryce Brown | Auburn Troy Brown Jr. | Oregon Jalen Brunson | Villanova Elijah Bryant | BYU C.J. Burks | Marshall Jordan Caroline | Nevada Tony Carr | Penn State Wendell Carter Jr. | Duke Kameron Chatman | Detroit Haanif Cheatham | FGCU Yoeli Childs | BYU Chris Clemons | Campbell Tyler Cook | Iowa Copeland Jr. | Nebraska Bryant Crawford | Wake Forest Mike Daum | South Dakota State Eric Davis Jr. | Texas Jon Davis | Charlotte Jordan Davis | Northern Colorado Shawntrez Davis | Bethune-Cookman Terence Davis | Mississippi Tyler Davis | Texas A&M Marcus Derrickson | Georgetown Hamidou Diallo | Kentucky Noah Dickerson | Washington Donte DiVincenzo | Villanova Dikembe Dixson | UIC Torin Dorn | North Carolina State Trevon Duval | Duke Nojel Eastern | Purdue Carsen Edwards | Purdue Jon Elmore | Marshall Drew Eubanks | Oregon State Jacob Evans | Cincinnati Bruno Fernando | Maryland Dextor Foster | ASA College (FL) Jarrey Foster | SMU Robert Franks Jr. | Washington State Tremaine Fraiser | Westchester CC (NY) Melvin Frazier Jr. | Tulane Wenyen Gabriel | Kentucky Kaiser Gates | Xavier Eugene German | Northern Illinois Admon Gilder | Texas A&M Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | Kentucky Michael Gilmore | FGCU Jessie Govan | Georgetown Tyler Hall | Montana State Jaylen Hands | UCLA Zach Hankins | Ferris State Ethan Happ | Wisconsin Jared Harper | Auburn Mustapha Heron | Auburn Malik Hines | Massachusetts DJ Hogg | Texas A&M Aaron Holiday | UCLA Jalen Hudson | Florida Dewan Huell | Miami Kevin Huerter | Maryland Tramaine Isabell Jr. | Drexel DeAngelo Isby | Utah State Jaren Jackson Jr. | Michigan State Justin Jackson | Maryland Justin James | Wyoming Zach Johnson | FGCU Ismaila Kane | Atlanta Metropolitan Christian Keeling | Charleston Southern Devonte Klines | Montana State Kevin Knox | Kentucky Sagaba Konate | West Virginia Terry Larrier | Connecticut Kalob Ledoux | McNeese State Marquez Letcher-Ellis | Rice Abdul Lewis | NJIT Victor Lewis II | West Texas A&M Makinde London | Tennessee-Chattanooga Dominic Magee | Southern Mississippi Fletcher Magee | Wofford Caleb Martin | Nevada Cody Martin | Nevada Malik Martin | South Florida Zane Martin | Towson Charles Matthews | Michigan Luke Maye | North Carolina Brandon McCoy | UNLV Jalen McDaniels | San Diego State Markis McDuffie | Wichita State Christian Mekowulu | Tennessee State De’Anthony Melton | USC Aaron Menzies | Seattle Chimezie Metu | USC Shake Milton | SMU Shelton Mitchell | Clemson Takal Molson | Canisius Max Montana | San Diego State Doral Moore | Wake Forest Juwan Morgan | Indiana Matt Morgan | Cornell Isaiah Moss | Iowa Travis Munnings | Louisiana-Monroe Jordan Murdock | Friends University Malik Newman | Kansas Josh Okogie | Georgia Tech Ray Ona Embo | Tulane James Palmer Jr. | Nebraska Adjin Penava | Marshall Keanu Peters | Salt Lake CC (UT) Lamar Peters | Mississippi State Jalon Pipkins | Cal State-Northridge Shamorie Ponds | St. John’s Jontay Porter | Missouri Michael Porter Jr. | Missouri Billy Preston | Kansas Marcquise Reed | Clemson Isaiah Reese | Canisius Cody Riley | UCLA Kerwin Roach II | Texas Jerome Robinson | Boston College Mitchell Robinson | Western Kentucky Ahmaad Rorie | Montana Quinton Rose | Temple Brandon Sampson | LSU Corey Sanders | Rutgers Admiral Schofield | Tennessee Micah Seaborn | Monmouth Collin Sexton | Alabama Ronshad Shabazz | Appalachian State Landry Shamet | Wichita State Tavarius Shine | Oklahoma State Chris Silva | South Carolina Yankuba Sima | Oklahoma State Anfernee Simons | IMG Academy Fred Sims Jr. | Chicago State Zhaire Smith | Texas Tech Ray Spalding | Louisville Omari Spellman | Villanova Deshon Taylor | Fresno State Khyri Thomas | Creighton Reid Travis | Stanford Gary Trent Jr. | Duke Allonzo Trier | Arizona Jarred Vanderbilt | Kentucky Lagerald Vick | Kansas Christian Vital | Connecticut Moritz Wagner | Michigan Jaylin Walker | Kent State Lonnie Walker Miami Nick Ward | Michigan State PJ Washington | Kentucky Tremont Waters | LSU Quinndary Weatherspoon | Mississippi State Andrien White | Charlotte Demajeo Wiggins | Bowling Green Lindell Wigginton | Iowa State Austin Wiley | Auburn Kris Wilkes | UCLA Robert Williams III | Texas A&M Justin Wright-Foreman | Hofstra Trae Young | Oklahoma The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft: Player | Team/Country Berke Atar | Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey) LiAngelo Ball | UCLA/Vytautas (Lithuania) Romaric Belemene | Oviedo (Spain) Laurynas Beliauskas | Neptunas (Lithuania) Rihards Berzins | Liepaja (Latvia) Laurynas Birutis | Siauliai (Lithuania) Goga Bitadze | Mega Bemax (Serbia) Isaac Bonga | Fraport Skyliners (Germany) Eitenne Ca | Chalon (France) Sigfredo Casero-Ortiz | GET Vosges (France) Emanuel Cate | Prat (Spain) Vasileios Charalampopoulos | PAOK (Greece) Luka Doncic | Real Madrid (Spain) Yago Dos Santos | Paulistano (Brazil) Berkan Durmaz | Tofas (Turkey) Aleksander Dziewa | Slask Wroclaw (Poland) Martynas Echodas | Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) Ibrahima Faye | Poitiers (France) Gabriel Galvanini | Bauru (Brazil) Stephane Gombauld | Lille Metropole (France) Melvyn Govindy | Cholet (France) Yoan Granvorka | Monthey (Switzerland) Tryggvi Hlinason | Valencia (Spain) Karim Jallow | Bayern Munich (Germany) Matas Jogela | Zalgiris II (Lithuania) Georgios Kalaitzakis | Panathinaikos (Greece) Michal Kolenda | Trefl Sopot (Poland) Antonios Koniaris | PAOK (Greece) Leon Kratzer | Wuerzburg (Germany) Arnoldas Kulboka | Capo d’Orlando (Italy) Rodions Kurucs | Barcelona (Spain) Xabier Lopez-Arostegui | Joventut Badalona (Spain) Matur Maker | CIBA (Canada) Vanja Marinkovic | Partizan (Serbia) William McDowell-White | Baunach (Germany) Blaz Mesicek | Brindisi (Italy) Adam Mokoka | Gravelines (France) Shekinah Munanga | Monaco (France) Dzanan Musa | Cedevita (Croatia) Muhaymin Mustafa | Anadolu Efes (Turkey) Williams Narace | Nancy (France) Amine Noua | ASVEL (France) Elie Okobo | Pau Orthez (France) Viny Okouo | Unicaja (Spain) Louis Olinde | Brose Baskets (Germany) Erxhan Osmani | Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey) Jean-Marc Pansa | Nanterre (France) Darel Poirier | Charleville (France) Marcel Ponitka | Asseco (Poland) Issuf Sanon | Olimpija (Slovenia) Tadas Sedekerskis | Nevezis (Lithuania) Leonardo Tote | Verona (Italy) Michael Uchendu | Bauru (Brazil) Martynas Varnas | Pieno Zvaigzdes (Lithuania) Filip Zagrajski | Beli Manastir (Croatia).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball scoreless in pro debut in Lithuania

PANEVEZYS, Lithuania --- LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball went scoreless in their pro basketball debut, finishing a combined 0 for 7. The younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball played in the Lithuanian league for BC Prienai on Saturday. Their team lost 95-86 to Lietkabelis Panevezys. LiAngelo went 0 for 3 from the field in just over 9 minutes. His 16-year-old brother, LaMelo, played 5:16, going 0 for 4. The brothers signed with the Lithuanian team last month after LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA. He was suspended indefinitely following his arrest for shoplifting during a recent tour of China. That sparked a Twitter spat between father LaVar Ball and President Donald Trump. L...Keep on reading: LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball scoreless in pro debut in Lithuania.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

LaVar says all Ball brothers will be on Lakers by 2020

LaVar Ball once again spewed another prophecy concerning his sons and the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. The patriarch of the Ball family proclaimed that his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo will join eldest Lonzo in Hollywood by 2020. Sports Illustrated posted a video of Ball talking to the media in Lithuania where LiAngelo and LaMelo joined their new team Vytautas Prienai. "All my boys are good," said Ball. "Two of them together---awesome, three of them together---unbeatable." Ball once said that the Lakers would draft Lonzo in the 2017 Draft, and he now predicts that LiAngelo will be with the team in 2018 and LaMelo will join his two brothers by 2020....Keep on reading: LaVar says all Ball brothers will be on Lakers by 2020.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

LaVar Ball to pull out son LiAngelo Ball from UCLA

MANILA, Philippines – LaVar Ball said on Monday, December 4, he will withdraw his son LiAngelo from the college basketball program at UCLA in protest at his suspension for shoplifting in China. LiAngelo was one of 3 UCLA players arrested in China earlier this month and later released after the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping . He was later suspended ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

LaVar Ball says he s withdrawing suspended son LiAngelo from UCLA

LOS ANGELES — The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he plans to withdraw his son from school because of concerns related to the freshman's indefinite s.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

LaVar Ball questions Trump s role in son s release

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in jail because LaVar Ball "is unaccepting of what I did for his son" and "very ungrateful!" LaVar Ball has refused to thank Trump. LaVar Ball didn't back down during the CNN interview, telling host Chris Cuomo that Trump has more important things to do than ask for his gratitude. "That's on your mind, that a father didn't say 'Thank you'? And you're the head of the U.S.? Come on," Ball said. "There's a lot of other things that's going on. Let him do his political affairs and let me handle my son, and let's just stay in our lane." Ball suggested that he and Chinese president Xi Jinping had more to do with securing his son's release than the president. "Did (Trump) help the boys get out? I don't know. If I was going to thank somebody, I probably would thank President Xi. He's in China. He's the president of China," Ball said, later adding: "I helped my son get out of China. I had some people that had boots on the ground that knew the situation." Ball also pushed back against Trump's suggestion that shoplifting "is a very big deal in China." "It wasn't a big deal because being raised in South Central LA, I've seen harsher things. I've seen 16, 17-year-old kids that have had to go to jail for life, that were my friends," Ball said. "He wasn't physical. He returned it. He fessed up to it." LiAngelo and fellow UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley have been suspended indefinitely. They were arrested and questioned about stealing from high-end stores next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins stayed before leaving for Shanghai to play Georgia Tech. All three apologized for their actions and thanked Trump for his role in securing their release, which occurred while the president was traveling in Asia. The trio isn't allowed to suit up, be on the bench for home games or travel with the team. Without them, No. 23 UCLA lost to Creighton on Monday night in the Hall of Fame Classic. LaVar Ball is attempting to build an empire around the basketball skills of his three sons — Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo, LiAngelo and prep prospect LaMelo — and his own bombastic personality. He started an apparel company, Big Baller Brand, with shoes that retail for $500 or more, and he got in several plugs for his products during the CNN interview......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

LaVar Ball questions Trump’s role in son’s release

WASHINGTON --- Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in jail because LaVar Ball "is unaccepting of what I did for his son" and "very ungrateful!" LaVar Ball has refused to thank Trump. LaVar Ball didn't back down during the CNN interview, telling host Chris Cuomo that Trump has more important things to do than ask for his gratitude. "That's on your mind, ...Keep on reading: LaVar Ball questions Trump’s role in son’s release.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

Lonzo Ball’s triple-double sends Lakers past Denver, 127-109

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lonzo Ball had his second career triple-double and Julius Randle scored 24 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 127-109 victory over the short-handed Denver Nuggets on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Ball had 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the 20-year-old rookie’s first triple-double in front of his hometown fans at Staples Center. Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 18 for the Lakers, who surged to a 24-point lead in the first half and easily won for just the second time in seven games. Denver coach Mike Malone and top scorer Nikola Jokic were ejected in the second quarter after Malone stepped onto the court during play to argue a no-call on a play by Jokic around the basket. Malone furiously confronted referee Rodney Mott, who swiftly ejected the coach and his best player when Jokic joined in the argument. Forward Paul Millsap also left with a sprained left wrist in the second quarter of a miserable night at Staples Center for the Nuggets, who lost for just the second time in six games. Ball had another big game at another turbulent moment in his family life. With his father, LaVar, engaged in a public argument with Donald Trump over the president’s role in resolving brother LiAngelo’s misdeeds during a UCLA basketball trip to China, Lonzo Ball put together an outstanding floor game to boost the Lakers. Ball and Magic Johnson are the only Lakers with multiple triple-doubles in their rookie seasons. Johnson had seven, and his new point guard has two in his first 17 games. Randle added seven points and five assists in a stellar game off the bench. TIP-INS Nuggets: Jamal Murray got a technical foul for gesturing at Mott after a no-call shortly after the two ejections. ... Two nights after Denver scored 146 points in a win over New Orleans, the Nuggets mustered just 48 points in the first half while committing 13 turnovers. Lakers: The 6'6" Ball’s 16 rebounds were the most in the NBA by any rookie this season. ... Los Angeles had a season-high 36 assists. ... Randle scored 17 points before halftime. ... Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac were recalled from the South Bay Lakers before the game. Hart scored three points, and Zubac played two minutes. TOSSED Malone was infuriated when Mott didn’t call a foul on the Lakers for contact while Jokic battled underneath the basket. When the teams headed upcourt, Malone took two steps onto the hardwood and blocked Mott’s path. Jokic had barely joined the argument when Mott tossed him as well, prompting a profane response. Malone’s assistants had to calm him down. UP NEXT Nuggets: At Sacramento Kings on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Lakers: Host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

  WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump said he should have left in jail the three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China.   Trump's remark came after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized his involvement in winning the players' release in comments to ESPN.   In a tweet on Sunday, Trump said: "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!"   On Friday, LaVar Ball told ESPN: "Who?", when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "Wha...Keep on reading: Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017

Lonzo Ball’s brother LiAngelo released on bail for shoplifting in China, faces 99.92% conviction rate

MANILA, Philippines – LiAngelo Ball, UCLA rookie and younger brother of Lakers guard Lonzo, has been released on bail in China after being accused of shoplifting in a Louis Vuitton store with two other teammates. However, the middle child of the outspoken LaVar Ball will stay confined in the team hotel ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Art Dela Cruz set to make long time coming Ginebra debut

After months of recovery, Art Dela Cruz is projected to finally debut for Barangay Ginebra in the upcoming PBA Governor's Cup. As per Dela Cruz and head coach Tim Cone, they are looking into fielding him starting around October. "Sabi ni Coach [Tim Cone], middle of the conference. My goal is October, second week of October. But my focus right now is rehab nga, and then sabi rin sa akin ni Coach na this time, i-sure mo na 100% ka na. And loaded naman yung team so there's no hurry," said Dela Cruz Sunday afternoon during Ginebra's victory party with fans for their latest championship. "He's due back maybe in October, but we'll see. We'll play it by ear by that time, we're not gonna push him," added Cone. Dela Cruz first ruptured his Achilles tendon during a Gilas Pilipinas practice in March 2017. He was still a player of Blackwater Elite then. When he was shipped to Brgy. Ginebra in a trade that involved Chris Ellis, Raymond Aguilar, and Dave Marcelo in August 2017, he re-injured his tendon before he had his Ginebra debut. It has been 17 months and counting since Dela Cruz last played a game in the PBA. "Medyo matagal na. Talagang maging patient lang ako, iniisip ko din 'yung long-term eh, hindi lang itong conference na ito," he said. In those long months, Dela Cruz focused on his injury's rehabilitation and understanding the sophisticated system of Cone's triangle offense. "Learning na rin yung triangle sa akin. Actually, bago lang ako sa triangle, most of my career is run and gun sa college [San Beda] eh. Ito slow ball kaya maganda rin pag galing ka sa injury, di ka masyadong masusunog," explained the former NCAA star. Interestingly, the versatile forward is also trying out the point guard role. "Actually, nagpa-practice na ako tapos ang position na nilalagay sa akin ni Coach, point guard. Ang laking bagay na noong sa college naumpisahan ko na. Pero ngayon, primary na eh. Primary na na point, kaya point going from power forward," said the 6-foot-4 player. As the Kings still celebrate their latest conquered land now - the Commissioner's Cup, there is no rush for Dela Cruz. After all, Ginebra seems to have long term plans for him in the pipeline. "After a second Achilles surgery, we do not want to rush him back. He's only 25, so he's got a lot of basketball ahead of him. And I keep telling him: it's not about this conference, it's about the next 8-10 years, that's when we want him for. We want him ready for the next 8-10 years," Cone shared. This is not a surprise given Cone's high regard on the do-it-all forward. He considers his game as a marriage of Scottie Thompson's and Joe Devance's. "We were choosing between him [Dela Cruz] and Scottie [Thompson] when he came out of the [2015] draft, and we chose Scottie which was obviously a great pick. But Art was a close second, just because we thought that his skills were very unique, similar to what Scottie does, but in a bigger version," Cone explained. "Art to me is kind of like the in-between Scottie and Joe, kind of right in between those two guys." Dela Cruz has so far posted norms of 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in the PBA. Aside from Dela Cruz, Cone also targets to line-up new acquisition from Globalport Julian Sargent who is recuperating from a shoulder injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Houston s Watson healthy and ready for more work this week

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson was back in a game this week for the first time since surgery to repair a right knee injury in November, and although he didn't play long, he relished his return. "I just played five snaps, handed the ball off, threw one pass," Watson said. "So, it wasn't too bad. Good to just go out there for a couple plays and then watch everyone else perform." The Houston Texans quarterback is looking to build on his limited action as the team prepares for two practices with the San Francisco 49ers next week before hosting them in their second preseason game on Saturday. Watson's health and development in his second year will be critical as Houston tries to bounce back from a season filled with injuries during which the team went 4-12 for its first losing season since 2013. Though he played in just seven games before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in practice, Watson gave the Texans optimism that he'll be the answer to their longtime problems at the position. He threw for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 269 yards and two more scores after Houston traded up to select him with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Saturday was the team's first practice back in Houston after the Texans spent the first part of training camp in West Virginia. Although they had to adjust to the hotter temperatures at home, Watson and the Texans got a boost from working out in front of several hundred cheering fans. "The climate ... it's hot and muggy but at the end of the day we have to come out here and play football and perform and just focus on our task," he said. "So, it's always good to have the fans around and show love. They give us energy and high hopes for this season." The 22-year-old said he's grown a lot since arriving in Houston last season and is looking forward to building on what he did last year. "Just really (grown) as a person as a whole and then just the knowledge of the game," he said. "Just being able to understand the offense, understand what the defense is doing and just play faster, just go out there and play and not overthink things." Coach Bill O'Brien, who worked with Tom Brady when he was an assistant with the Patriots, has enjoyed watching Watson develop and is looking for ways to help him take another step. "I think there's areas where he and I need to grow together, like in the red area," he said. "We're a little bit behind there but we have to work together on that and see if we can execute better down there, but I think there's a lot of areas where he's gotten better and better, and he'll only get better and better because he works at it and the experience he gets will really help him." Watson is working behind a revamped offensive line this year after last year's group allowed the second-most sacks in the league. So far, he likes the way the unit is coming together. "Guys just building chemistry, working hard each and every day, never complaining," Watson said. "They make mistakes, but at the end of the day they correct those mistakes and don't make it twice, just like everyone else on the offense. Just guys that love to play football. They have a passion about going in ... and putting in the work, and (are) passionate about winning.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

DeAndre Ayton should have immediate impact in the NBA

By Chris Dortch, NBA.com As the only coach who had to game plan for Arizona’s Deandre Ayton three times in the freshman sensation’s only year of college basketball, Colorado’s Tad Boyle is qualified to let the NBA know what’s coming. “He’s a monster,” Boyle said of the 7'1", 260-pounder with the 7'5" reach. “I played [at Kansas] in the ’80s, and he’s the best player since Hakeem Olajuwon. He’s that kind of talent. He’s not as good a low-block player as Hakeem, but the similarity is that, if he catches it eight feet from the basket, he’s gonna score. There’s nothing you can do about it. “He doesn’t have Hakeem’s shimmy moves, but facing the basket, he’s certainly better than Hakeem was at the same stage of his career. This kid’s got good footwork, agility, the ability to run the floor, explosiveness, intelligence and skill. He’s special.” When Boyle shook Ayton’s hand after the third time his Buffaloes played the Wildcats, in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, he told the big man he was happy to see him move on to the NBA, where the Phoenix Suns, having won the lottery, will most likely make him the No. 1 pick in the Draft. Lest the Suns decide they might get better value dealing the pick, well, Boyle can’t imagine that happening. “This kid’s just scary,” Boyle said. “You see him on tape and how he finishes dunks. It’s like he’s playing with a Nerf ball in the basement. Then you see him in person. If you were going to build the perfect basketball player on a computer screen, you’d want someone who’s seven-feet and cut, who can run and jump and make perimeter shots. You’d build Deandre Ayton.” Colorado managed to win one game of the three it played against Arizona. That was the first one, where Ayton scored 26 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. The Buffs lost the next two, but they whittled down Ayton’s contributions each time. By the third game, Ayton contributed just 10 points, six boards and three blocks. Boyle’s plan was to front Ayton and try to prevent him from catching the ball anywhere close to the basket. A second defender was always nearby to help and try to turn Ayton into a passer, a skill Boyle thinks Ayton hasn’t mastered — yet. “I played with Danny Manning,” Boyle said. “Danny was such a good passer. If you brought [a second defender] at him, he’d find somebody on the floor or skip it. Deandre isn’t at that level yet, but I think he’ll figure it out.” With Ayton, Colorado decided to pick its poison. The consensus first-team All-American, Pac-12 Player of the Year and Karl Malone Award winner shot a solid 34 percent from three-point range, albeit in limited attempts, and, per Hoop-Math.com, he also made 43 percent of his face-up two-pointers during the season, solid considering those made up 44 percent of his total attempts. “We decided if he wanted to pick and pop and beat us with 15-foot jump shots, go right ahead,” Boyle said. “We had to keep him away from the 10- to 15-toot foot area, where if he catches it, he just overpowers you or goes around you. It’s not like he’s not capable of making that 15- to 17-foot jump shot. That’s just what you have to live with.” Colorado’s strategy of containing Ayton led to one of the biggest upsets in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Arizona drew Buffalo in the first round. Bulls coach Nate Oats replaced Bobby Hurley when the latter moved on to Arizona State and spoke to his old boss as soon as the NCAA bracket was announced. Ayton was a primary topic of the conversation. “Bobby didn’t think you could front him,” Oats said. “But I said we’re going to front him. Colorado was the only team in the Pac-12 that I saw that actually fronted him. Everybody else played zone, which I could understand because they had another seven-footer in the lineup [Dusan Ristic]. But Ayton’s got great basketball feel. You can’t keep a body on him in the zone. You can’t pressure the ball in the zone. “We sat Ristic’s man right behind Ayton. Offensively, we didn’t think their spacing was that great. They had two pros, both seven feet, and you’ve gotta play them. But that also limits how you space the floor.” Buffalo’s plan worked. Ayton still managed to deliver 14 points and 13 boards, but Arizona shot 11 percent (2-of-18) from three. The Wildcats couldn’t take advantage when the Bulls sprang the double team on Ayton, who passed for just one assist. “Limiting his touches and keeping it congested around him,” Oats said. “Daring them to skip the ball to a shooter on the back side. That was our plan.” At least Boyle and Oats had some time to prepare for Ayton. When SMU played the Wildcats in the Battle 4 Atlantis last November, coach Tim Jankovich and his staff had just a few hours to get ready. “Our preparation was by the seat of our pants,” Jankovich said. “We went to bed late that night. But we figured out we were going to front him and trap. We double teamed him, but a different way than we’d been doing.” Jankovich wouldn’t elaborate. “It’s kind of a trade secret,” he said, laughing. SMU’s double team worked. The Mustangs won. Ayton still piled up 17 points and 15 rebounds, but he took only 11 shots and six free throws. And the Wildcats shot 25 percent (5-of-20) from three. Boyle, Oats and Jankovich all figured out a way to deal with Ayton, but their message to his future opponents in the NBA was essentially the same. Good luck. “I think he’s going to be a better pro than he was a college player, and he was a great college player,” Oats said. “Sean [Miller] is an unbelievable coach and did a great job with the kid. But in the NBA, the spacing’s better. You can’t double that easily.” “I can’t fathom him not being impactful, and right away, too,” Jankovich said. “He’s one of those rare players that you can’t help but keep your eye on during the game, because he’s so different than most. Your eye always goes to him. That’s all great players. You don’t mean to focus on him, but when you can’t help but do it, you’re always worried, every possession.” Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour. 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Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Knock, knock: Browns there; team set for HBO s Hard Knocks

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Ready or not, the Cleveland Browns are getting their close-up. Coming off a historic, dismal 0-16 season, the Browns have been chosen to appear on HBO's popular "Hard Knocks" series that gives NFL fans a behind-the-scenes look at training camp. The Browns have turned down previous opportunities to be on the award-winning series. But with renewed optimism around Cleveland following the recent draft, and the selection of quarterback Baker Mayfield, the team is granting HBO unlimited access to its upcoming camp. Cleveland is the 13th franchise to participate in "Hard Knocks," which began in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were featured last summer. Although they've won only one game the past two seasons under coach Hue Jackson, the Browns see the show as a possibility to highlight some of their younger players and put a positive spin on their rebuild. And for HBO, Mayfield's quest to win the starting job is just one of several juicy story lines. "NFL Films has always been exceptional at bringing fans closer to the game and they do an outstanding job with every show they produce, including HBO's Hard Knocks," Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said. "We have been asked multiple times about being featured on Hard Knocks, and we really felt like it was our turn this year and the timing was right. We want to be great partners in this league, and we also recognize Hard Knocks gives fans a special opportunity to learn more about our team and players." HBO's cameras are certain to focus on Mayfield, the brash Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma the Browns chose over other quarterbacks. Mayfield is expected to back up Tyrod Taylor this season, but their competition could make for the kind compelling TV that has made the series a must-watch for football junkies. A 30-person film crew will be at the team's training facility in Berea to record more than 2,000 hours of footage for the five-segment series that will debut Aug. 7. The Browns have some good young players who are not well known outside Cleveland. But "Hard Knocks" will give national exposure to budding stars like defensive end Myles Garrett, Mayfield and safety Jabrill Peppers and give the network a chance to tell the well-documented story of former Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon, who has missed most of the past three seasons because of drug suspensions. Mayfield has experience in front of the cameras. He was recently featured in a recent documentary series as he prepared for the draft, and feels the Browns can make "Hard Knocks" a positive experience. "For me looking at it, and us as a team, I'd say it can be good if you handle it right. I'll just say that," he said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "If you think about it as a way to get on camera and try to show off and do certain things and handle it the wrong way then that can be very negative, it can be a distraction. But if you use it as a sense of, 'OK, I got to block out everything else and just focus on playing ball,' then that can be a great thing for us." Jackson and Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams have both been on "Hard Knocks" — Jackson with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 and Williams with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016. "Being able to bring our fans in so they can get to know our players and our organization in a different way will be a huge positive for us," Jackson said. "I want people to see how much our players and coaches care, how hard they work and how badly they want to win for Cleveland. This will be a great opportunity for our team." Browns general manager John Dorsey had reservations about the series, but feels the team is equipped to handle the added scrutiny. "Once we sat down and talked about it as an organization, I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right," said Dorsey, who has been overhauling the team since being hired in December. "Hue and I both feel like this team is in a good place and that we are in the process of building something that will lead to success.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Storylines abound after 2018 NBA All-Star draft

NBA.com staff report There is an alternate universe in which LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are once again teammates, where the Warriors' star quartet is divided, and where players who very recently exchanged barbs must now share locker rooms. Welcome to the world of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, which sports a very different twist after Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) inaugural draft in which team captains James and Stephen Curry selected their teammates. Here is what we know: James had the first pick, Curry the second, and so on, back and forth until the rosters were set. We do not know in what order the players were picked despite the valiant efforts of TNT's Ernie Johnson. The dust has settled and the rosters are set, with the line between East and West officially dissolved. The focus is squarely on players rather than conference. Here's a look at the most intriguing takeaways after Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) results: Hello Old Friend The offseason parting between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving was dramatically awkward, with the latter leaving the former in order to show his athletic independence. Irving has since proved capable of leading the Celtics to contender status despite the opening-night loss of fellow All-Star swingman Gordon Hayward. James, meanwhile, has been forced to do much of the heavy lifting while the rest of his teammates have either plateaued (Kevin Love), dropped off (J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson) or been unavailable (Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas). The Cavs have suffered as a result, posting one of the worst records in the league since the calendar flipped to 2018. Could it be that James is hoping to recapture some of his old magic by temporarily reuniting with Irving? Or does he just miss/like the guy despite their on-court differences? "To be able to team up back with Kyrie is always special, along with Kevin Love," James said during a post-drat interview with TNT. "Just for us to have another weekend to bring some of the memories we had when we were all together. Kyrie was available on the draft board. He's one of the best point guards we have in our league. So, it was an easy choice for me." Other reunions are scattered among Team LeBron's roster. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will enjoy an encore of their much publicized All-Star get-together last season. The Thunder guard will also play with his old college teammate, Kevin Love, for the first time since they both represented the Western Conference in the 2012 midseason classic.   Bench Mob. #TeamLebron #NBAAllStar A post shared by @ kevinlove on Jan 25, 2018 at 4:23pm PST Don't forget, too, that Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is making his All-Star debut alongside Westbrook, the man many now think held back the former No. 2 overall pick in Oklahoma City. After putting up his worst numbers since his rookie year while playing alongside Westbrook, Oladipo is enjoying a career year while guiding the upstart Pacers to the middle of the playoff pack. I Never Can Say Goodbye Some teammates are just meant to stay together. Curry and James certainly struggled to separate several dynamic duos, including those from the Timberwolves (Butler/Towns), Pelicans (Davis/Cousins), Wizards (Beal/Wall) and Raptors (Lowry/DeRozan). The NBA teammates not sticking together are those from Golden State and Boston. James managed to chip away at the Warriors' dominant quartet, selecting Kevin Durant for his squad before Curry made sure to keep Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on his own team. Curry also selected Al Horford, presumably at some point after James took Irving. What Have You Done For Me Lately? Most All-Stars already come with a bag full of accomplishments under their belts, and this year is no exception. How they are distributed, however, is interesting to note. Everyone who made the team this year and has won an All-Star Most Valuable Player award in the past is on Team LeBron. Good luck guessing which one will make a push for a repeat at that honor (assuming someone new doesn't beat them to the punch). Meanwhile, the majority of most recent Olympic gold medalists resides on Team Stephen: Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Draymond Green, Kyle Lowry and Klay Thompson. Team LeBron sports three Olympians from that year: Cousins, Durant and Irving. One skill that surely matters on All-Star weekend is simply putting the ball in the bucket. And wouldn't you know it, Team Stephen sports the top three scorers in the league in Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Of course, Team LeBron carries the next four names from that scoring leaders list. It's Too Late to Apologize Some words you can't take back, and it would be difficult to see Russell Westbrook or Damian Lillard doing so after recent events. Oklahoma City's star guard took exception to teammate Paul George not being voted in as an All-Star, proceeding to call out the Warriors for having four players so honored. Then he targeted another player, and though he didn't use names, it seemed pretty clear that he was talking about  Lillard when he referred to "guys complaining about being snubbed so they can get in." Lillard has been extremely vocal on social media about not making the All-Star teams the last two years despite both those seasons marking career years. That was after making the All-Star team in 2014 and 2015. The Blazers guard seemed to pick up on the hint, and he responded directly to his Western Conference counterpart. "I respect Russ a lot, so it was kind of disappointing to see him say that," Lillard said prior to Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. "Because he's played against me, he's played against our team, he knows what I've accomplished. Not just this year, but over my career." Will the point guards clear the air, or will tension linger heading into the game? Also worth monitoring: does James' All-Star selection of Kevin Love mean all is well between the much-maligned forward and his team? Reports surfaced earlier this week that several Cavaliers expressed frustration with Love's recent illness that caused him to miss most of a game and a practice. Perhaps the King's stamp of approval will silence that once and for all. If it doesn't, Charles Barkley will surely continue to defend Love's case......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018