NBA rumors: Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball over De’Aaron Fox was tension point

NBA rumors: Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball over De'Aaron Fox was tension point originally appeared on Put plain and simple, the Los Angeles Lakers are an utter disaster. After drastically underperforming in Year 1 of the LeBron James era, the Lakers are looking toward an uncertain summer where they hope to be able to woo either Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard or Klay Thompson to ride shotgun alongside James. Their future got even murkier Tuesday when president of basketball operations Magic Johnson abruptly announced he was stepping down at an impromptu press conference prior to the Lakers' season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Lowe: Ten things I like and don’t like, including Draymond, Kawhi and Lonzo

This week we highlight the unstoppable Kawhi Leonard, questions about Lonzo Ball and Terry Rozier and the progress of Deandre Ayton. – NBA

There is a war brewing between Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

With each leak, the foundation of Lonzo Ball and the Lakers’ relationship seems to weaken. It is no secret that Ball and his ever-volatile father, LaVar, were determined to have him get drafted by the Lakers and build their legacy there. Ball had a respectable rookie season for the Lakers when healthy, but with LeBron James in Los Angeles and in need of another star, Ball’s future there is as precarious as ever. The Lakers have been in talks with the Spurs for the disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, but the Spurs seem more enamored with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and future draft picks than they do Ball. Any chance of Ball being included in that trade, however, seemed to end when it was reported

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Lonzo prepares for ‘biggest summer’ of life

After his Lakers exit interview Thursday, Lonzo Ball said he would not alter his shooting form but rather would work on it through repetition during the summer. – NBA

Lonzo on Murray’s antics: ‘It’s a punk move’

Luke Walton and Lonzo Ball were both irked by Nuggets guard Jamal Murray in Denver’s win over the Lakers on Friday, with Walton saying Murray was acting “disrespectful” at the end of the game. – NBA

LaVar vs. the Lakers — but where does Lonzo end up?

Last year, the Lakers went all-in on Lonzo Ball — and all that came with him, including his outspoken father, LaVar. Now, with Lonzo sidelined and LaVar across the globe, the Lakers are finding their way on the court, with or without them. – TOP

Why Lonzo Ball won’t be the star the Lakers need

The Lakers drafted Ball to be the star of their post-Kobe era. There’s just one (possibly insurmountable) problem: Dude can’t score. – NBA

Steph, KD lead way in OT as Warriors fend off Lonzo, Lakers

The first meeting between Curry and Ball was a thriller, but the reigning champs eventually rose to the top, with Kevin Durant scoring 29. – TOP

Mother of L.A. Lakers Rookie Lonzo Ball Makes First Public Appearance Since Suffering Stroke

Lonzo Ball‘s mother, Tina Ball, made her first public appearance on Thursday after she suffered a stroke in late February.

Accompanied by her outspoken husband and Big Baller Brand creator LaVar Ball, the mother of three was spotted at the American Sports Center in Anaheim, California where she watched their youngest son, LaMelo, play in a Big Ballers AAU game.

LaVar walked alongside his wife, who was supported with a quad cane and proudly wore the family’s BBB shirt in blue and gold, the colors of her NBA son’s alma mater, UCLA.

That same night, Lonzo, a standout rookie on the Los Angeles Lakers, was in Las Vegas where he had his second triple-double of the NBA Summer League.

In May, Lonzo, who learned of his mother’s stroke via a text message from a relative, spoke to ESPN The Magazine about his mother’s health condition and how she spent two and a half months in the hospital recovering.

“She can’t really talk right now. But she definitely knows what we’re saying, and she smiles all the time. So that’s a good thing,” he described.

“She’s the one. Just so smooth. She’s not like other girls. She’s tough, smart, pretty,” LaVar said of Tina, who met at Cal State Los Angeles, where they both played basketball. “I told my wife, ‘I been with you so long, you can have one eye drooped and your mouth over here like this and you’re still beautiful to me. I look at you the same way. That ain’t gonna never change.’”

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Q&A with Harrison Gaines, Lonzo Ball’s agent: ‘I paid my dues’

Q&A with Harrison Gaines, Lonzo Ball’s agent: ‘I paid my dues’ – NBA

How Lonzo and LaVar Ball figured out how to get — and keep — our attention

How Lonzo and LaVar Ball figured out how to get — and keep — our attention – NBA