LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.
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.
LiAngelo Ball's agent told Yahoo Sports that the 19-year-old has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.
His father, LaVar Ball, pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA early in his freshman season shortly after he and two teammates were arrested for shoplifting during a team trip to China.
At the time, the elder Ball said,"He's not transferring to another school. The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the NBA Draft."
LaVar Ball will pull Lonzo from Lakers if they don’t sign his brothers
Has there ever been anyone in sports more intent on getting his or her way than LaVar Ball?
The patriarch of the Ball family told a Lithuanian basketball reporter that he wants his three sons to play for the same NBA team if not with the Los Angeles Lakers, then somewhere else.
Here's what Ball had to say about the future for his middle son LiAngelo and youngest son LaMelo:
Auburn Hills — Stan Van Gundy can put away the picket signs and posters.
He won't be boycotting — at least for now.
Van Gundy on Thursday changed course on his stance about ESPN from comments he made two weeks ago, when he expressed anger at an ESPN for a story aired about LaVar Ball criticizing Lakers coach Luke Walton.
Pop vs. BallRe: “Pop stands up for Walton; Coach likens Ball’s dad to part of peanut gallery,” Sports, Jan. 2:I couldn’t stop laughing after I read the article. Everything Gregg Popovich said about LaVar Ball applies to him when he criticizes President Donald Trump. Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black? LOL!Jose Navarro Jr.Hardhearted GOPRe: “Yes, not all wealth is earned — so what? Inheritance inequity and even lazy heirs don’t justify estate tax,” Christopher E. Baecker, Opinion, Dec.
LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball scoreless in pro debut in Lithuania
PANEVEZYS, Lithuania (AP) — 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.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr calls LaVar Ball "the Kardashian of the NBA," and he thinks the father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has zero credibility.
Kerr made his remarks in response to a question about LaVar Ball after Ball told ESPN that the Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton, a Kerr friend and former top assistant with the Warriors.
Warriors Steve Kerr: LaVar Ball ‘the Kardashian of the NBA’
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr called LaVar Ball "the Kardashian of the NBA" on Monday night, and said he thinks the father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has zero credibility.
Disgusted, Kerr made his remarks before the Warriors' game against Denver. He was asked about LaVar Ball after the demonstrative dad told ESPN that the Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton, a dear Kerr friend and former top assistant with the Warriors.
New Orleans — Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy felt compelled to do something, so he did. When he believed a member of the coaching fraternity was being treated unfairly, he did something about it.
A new year brought out the best in Dustin Johnson, who powered his way to an 8-under 65 and an eight-shot victory Sunday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.
In a field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong opening statement that the No. 1 ranking he has held for nearly a year might be difficult to take away.
LaVar Ball tells ESPN Walton has lost Lakers; coaches react
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle responded angrily Sunday after LaVar Ball's claim that the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton.
Ball, the outspoken father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, made his latest outlandish statement to ESPN for a story published Sunday. He said Walton is too young to coach and "has no control" of the team — comments that Walton said didn't bother him, but ones that clearly angered some of his NBA coaching colleagues.
LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball land in Lithuania to play for Prienai
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball landed in rainy Lithuania on Wednesday night to start their career at a local basketball club.
The 19-year-old LiAngelo and his younger brother LaMelo, who is 16, signed professional one-year contracts with BC Prienai last month.
There were several top sports stories that received national attention this year. The stories weren’t relegated to one or two particular sports, however as national headlines were prominent in college basketball, NBA, NFL, track and field and others.
LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball turn pro with club team in Lithuania
A professional Lithuanian basketball club signed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts, making LaVar Ball's two younger sons ineligible for college basketball.
The move comes after LiAngelo left UCLA , where he was suspended after his shoplifting arrest during the team's season-opening trip to China.
LaVar Ball has a shtick that is amusing and serious. Balancing the act while integrating reality isn’t easy but with a boisterous personality to accompany a loud and booming voice that reverberates off walls, he has learned to master the media. His presence draws a crowd and his speech draws attention.
It’s what he says and how he says it that makes him intriguing.
Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers from Process to work in progress
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LaVar Ball was holding court outside the Lakers locker room when he spotted two of his sons goofing around with the 7-footer in the white sweatshirt.
Ball, the preposterous patriarch of LA basketball's foolhardy family, had just dissed the President in their ongoing Twitter feud. But in the presence of the player nicknamed "The Process," even Ball knew it was wise to play nice with Joel Embiid.
Ingram’s 3-pointer lifts Lakers over 76ers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LaVar Ball's fourth-quarter taunts to Philly fans turned up the volume on an already raucous atmosphere. His son, Lonzo, later helped silence the sold-out crowd.
Brandon Ingram scored 21 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining on an assist from Lonzo Ball, to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-104 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
Report: Youngest Ball brothers sign with same agent as Lonzo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Ball family's brief association with college basketball is over.
According to LaVar Ball, his younger sons LiAngelo and LaMelo have signed with an agent, ensuring neither will play in the college ranks. The elder Ball told ESPN on Thursday that his plan is for the teenagers to play on the same team overseas.
As wildfires continued to rage in Southern California on Wednesday, UCLA men's basketball canceled its home game against Montana.
But the fires weren't expected to affect UCLA's trip to Michigan, with the teams scheduled to play at noon Saturday at Crisler Center. A UCLA spokesman told The News the UCLA team was to depart Los Angeles for Ann Arbor on Thursday, a normal travel itinerary two days before the tip with the Wolverines.
UCLA coach Alford surprised by LiAngelo Ball leaving school
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA coach Steve Alford said he was caught by surprise when he learned through media reports that suspended freshman guard LiAngelo Ball was leaving the basketball team and withdrawing from school.
There's now at least one less place to interview LaVar Ball.
The Los Angeles Lakers are enforcing a policy that bars media from conducting interviews in a section of the Staples Center where guests of players, including parents, gather after games.
LaVar Ball says he’s withdrawing suspended son from UCLA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 suspension for his participation in a shoplifting incident during the Bruins' trip to China.
The younger Ball, along with freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, have been barred from all team activities as part of their suspension for shoplifting from three high-end stores last month when UCLA opened its season overseas.