Los Angeles Lakers Rumors
Today is the day LaVar Ball has likely had circled on his calendar for months: the day the first Big Baller Brand signature sneaker is scheduled to ship to those who were willing to pay the $495 price tag. While it remains to be seen if the brand can meet the expected ship date and get Lonzo Ball’s shoe in the hands and on the feet of consumers, doing so will mark a milestone for a company that was little more than a dream just 18 months ago. For Ball & Co., the past year-plus has been an unprecedented ride in the athletic industry, all leading up to today’s expected ship date of the ZO2 Prime Remix signature sneaker.
A story in three parts: After posting 46-15-7-7 in a win over the Lakers, frequently injured 76ers center Joe Embiid declared himself to be 69%. ESPN analyst Jalen Rose called that joke “unprofessional.” Embiid upgraded his status to 81% with a “shoutout to Jalen Rose. [Referencing the time Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points with Jalen Rose as his primary defender.]
Ball recently laid into Lakers coach Luke Walton … saying he’s “soft” and doesn’t know how to properly coach his son, Lonzo Ball. So, we hit up Byron to see how he would handle the situation if he was in Luke’s shoes. Long story short, Byron says guys like LaVar need to shut their traps and let the coaches coach. “Shut up. Stay put. Stay on the sidelines. We got this.”
Kobe Bryant … in the ballroom?? Maybe. With “Dancing with the Stars” doing a full sports-themed competition with athletes next season, Derek Fisher told TooFab.com “Kobe’s name keeps coming up.” “He loves the show. He and the family watch it,” Fisher said … “[Producers] should at least try and call him!”
Here’s something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving: ‘Ball in the Family’ is returning to Facebook Watch this Sunday. By the looks of the Season 2 trailer, the next round of episodes for the Ball family’s reality show will feature everything from Lonzo Ball’s debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, LaVar Ball’s decision to pull LaMelo Ball out of Chino Hills High School, Tina Ball’s continuing recovery from her stroke, the move to “The Ball Estate” and the Big Baller Brand clan’s now-infamous trip to China and Hong Kong.
Listen up, Lonzo Ball — Chauncey Billups says he knows THE guy who can help you turn around your historically bad shooting … and he might even hook y’all up if you ask nice. “If I was Lonzo, I would call Kevin Martin — a guy in our league who had like this funky shot but he could shoot the hell out of it,” Chauncey told TMZ Sports.