The Lakers have partnered with UCLA to provide myriad mental health options for their players and, Buss says, they have guaranteed them full confidentiality. “[The players] have to feel their conversations will be private,” Buss says. “They need to feel safe about going outside the team to find solutions. We, as owners, have to navigate this the right way.”
It’s a stunning move … LiAngelo Ball will no longer be on the UCLA basketball team and, in fact, he will not be a student at UCLA … because his father, LaVar Ball, is removing him from the institution … TMZ Sports has learned. As you know, LiAngelo was indefinitely suspended from the team after he stole from several stores during a trip to China. LiAngelo was placed on house arrest but was sprung after Trump and others went to bat for him.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar apparently has less of a problem with shoplifting than he does with conspicuous consumption. During a recent appearance on FOX Sports 1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” the UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles Lakers and all-around NBA legend ripped LiAngelo Ball for driving a Ferrari—which LaVar Ball bought him once upon a time—around the Westwood campus. “This is disgusting. I don’t like that,” the former Lew Alcindor said. “It sets a bad precedent for what the school is supposed to be about and what our basketball program is supposed to be about.”