Tania Ganguli: LaMelo Ball is committed to UCLA. His dad said if it comes down to college eligibility or having his own shoe? “He’s going to have a shoe.”
Baxter Holmes: LaVar worried LaMelo’s shoe will affect his NCAA eligibility? LaVar: "NCAA ain’t going to tell me s---t. Because they’re not my boss."
The move, having a signature shoe for a high school junior, raised eyebrows and the specter of whether LaMelo, who is committed to UCLA, would lose his eligibility for college. And if they have to choose between LaMelo playing in college or having his own shoe? “He’s going to have a shoe,” LaVar said. “NCAA ain’t going to tell me [anything]. Because they’re not my boss. That’s what they do, but they’re not going to be like, ‘Oh, LaVar, you can’t bring that shoe out until we tell you.’ What? Something that I’m doing for my family? That’s mine? I’m not under no umbrella.”
LaMelo said he’s focused on high school before worrying about his college eligibility. “I’ve still got two years left, so I’ll worry about that when it gets there,” he said.
If it isn’t, if LaMelo can’t play at UCLA in two years, LaVar says he won’t send his son overseas. He’ll train him himself. “Everybody else got to go [overseas] because you’ve got to make some money,” LaVar said. “We [don’t] need to make money, we ain’t got to go nowhere. All we got to do is train. … I’m not going to make it a big deal where I’m like, Melo definitely has to go to college in order for him to succeed. You just gotta be ready to play and do your job.”
August 1, 2021 | 7:15 pm EDT Update
According to a league source, the team is losing confidence in its ability to re-sign veteran wing Evan Fournier. The Celtics acquired Fournier from the Magic in exchange for two second-round picks in March. The move was completed to bolster Boston’s playoff push, and because it would give the Celtics the ability to sign Fournier to a long-term deal this summer despite being over the salary cap since they would hold his Bird Rights.
According to a league source, the Celtics prefer to pursue a player with extensive experience and are focused on adding size and shooting, and forward Jeff Green is believed to be a primary target. Green played for the Celtics from 2011-2015, including a season and a half with Stevens as his head coach.
Kyle Kuzma’s SUV was stolen … and then taken on a joy ride that led to a high-speed chase, and an eventual crash. Law enforcement sources tell us … Kuzma’s Chevy Tahoe SUV was stolen somewhere in Hollywood and eventually became involved in a police pursuit around 1:30 AM early Sunday morning. The chase, we’re told, ended with the suspect hitting a cop car, and sending an officer to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspect was eventually nabbed, and we’re told he’ll be booked on a number of charges.
In any case — sources familiar with the situation confirm to TMZ that the SUV is, indeed, registered to Kyle … but we’ve been assured, he had nothing to do with the incident itself. We’re told Kyle’s manager drives the car, and is the one who filed the police report. Kyle wasn’t even made aware the car was gone until sometime Sunday morning.