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This week’s episode of Facebook Watch’s “Ball in the Family”, entitled “A Very Thankful Ballsgiving,” goes behind the scenes of LaVar Ball’s now-infamous CNN interview with Chris Cuomo. After completing his primetime sitdown from the Ball Estate, the Big Baller Brand CEO explains to family friends Steve and Dajuan his rationale for declining to thank United States President Donald Trump on air. And, to LaVar’s credit, it’s consistent with the public stance he’s maintained all along. “This fool trying to act like he just went over there and said, ‘You know what? I’ve had enough. Let the boys go back home,’” the Ballfather says. “We had guys with boots on the ground doing what they do way before he even got over there.”

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“If he invited me to the White House, and if he had some Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, I might come,” LaVar said during an appearance on “The Ringer NBA Show” podcast with Juliet Litman. “But if he doing the cooking, I ain’t coming. I need somebody that know how to cook there if he going to invite me to the White House.” “I want some good food,” the Ballfather went on. “I’m not coming there to do no talking. I’m coming there to eat dinner first and then talk.”
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Ohm Youngmisuk: LaVar Ball reiterated there’s no reason for him to thank President Trump in the case of his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA freshmen returning to the U.S. after being held in China for shoplifting. “You heard what he tweeted,” Ball said of Trump during an interview on CNN. “He tweeted because he is mad at me [that] I should have left their asses in jail. First of all, they weren’t in jail, they were in a hotel. How did they get into a hotel? Somebody had to do something. Did he do it? If he paid for the money to put up whatever we needed to do then I would say thank you. Did he do that?… He said he helped. How did he help? If he helped, I would say thank you… Do I think the president helped? I don’t know. I don’t care and I don’t know.” Ball did thank Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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As the deadline approaches for college basketball players entered in the NBA Draft to decide whether to turn pro or remain in college, Kentucky’s Wenyen Gabriel is a busy man. The sophomore from Sudan was not invited to last week’s pre-draft Combine in Chicago like five of his UK teammates, but that doesn’t mean Gabriel hasn’t been seen by NBA teams. During a pre-draft workout at Sacramento’s facility on Monday, Gabriel said the Kings were his fifth NBA visit. The 6-foot-9 forward said he previously stopped in Oklahoma City, Utah, Milwaukee and Brooklyn.
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You’ve said you’d like to own an NBA team. Kevin Durant: I wish I had the money. It’s crazy. Obviously, the financial part is definitely going to be the hardest part. I’ve been part of two great organizations. I know the game inside and out and I know the players. And I feel like these NBA franchises just change lives. They change cities. I would love to do that. All the aspects of owning a team, I would love to be involved in — from the financial and marketing side to the team-building to the camaraderie to the coaching.
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