LaVar Ball said his oldest son, Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, is “disgusted” with how the team has been playing. And the outspoken father blamed the Lakers’ recent struggles on how the coaching staff has been utilizing his son. The Knicks announced he would be reevaluated after two weeks, didn’t give a concrete timetable and ominously announced he would start “a treatment and rehabilitation plan.” That language doesn’t sound like a two-week injury. A stress injury, according to medical experts, means Hardaway either has a stress reaction or, more severely, a stress fracture to either his fibula or tibia. A leading expert on basketball leg injuries, Dr. William Hsu of Northwestern, told The Post a stress reaction to those inflamed bones can put a player out two to six weeks. A stress fracture is more of a two-month process but surgery is not required.
December 10, 2017 | 6:40 pm EST Update
Though Wall was going for laughs — several Washington Wizards teammates recognized the impression — there was a sincerity to his acknowledgment of Beal’s hot streak. “He’s already a lethal scorer,” Wall said before the Wizards faced the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, “but he’s finding ways to do it in so many other ways, getting downhill and getting to the basket and a guy like that that can score in various ways and get into a rhythm, the basket’s big.”
Beal eventually will come back down to earth. But Wall doesn’t want to be the reason behind this inevitable descent. “We got to find a way to still keep him in his rhythm when I come back,” Wall said, “Keep him the same zone that he’s in.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Brett Brown on more surprises while scouting #Pelicans: “This team is different when you weigh the stats vs. what you think they are with their personnel, and I give them credit… it isn’t a small-ball game at all but it is still fast and three-point oriented in a lot of ways.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry on Joel Embiid: “He’s a character, first of all. I think he’s got a great personality… (on the court) he shoots the ball extremely well with such a soft touch for such a big guy and has the ability to play inside and be very physical”