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Lonzo Ball on LaVar Ball’s threat: ‘No reaction. I always just play. He always talks’

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LaVar Ball said Lonzo Ball wouldn’t re-sign with the Lakers unless they also signed LiAngelo Ball (and maybe LaMelo Ball, though LaVar wasn’t quite as clear about his third son).

The earliest Lonzo could unilaterally leave Los Angeles is 2022, but he addressed his father’s comments now.

Lonzo, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

“No reaction,” Lonzo said of his father’s threat. “I always just play. He always talks. It’s always been the same way.”

This is along the same lines of Lonzo’s response to LaVar criticizing Lakers coach Luke Walton: “I’ll play for anybody.” Lonzo is trying to walk a delicate line between his dad and his employer.

I don’t envy Lonzo repeatedly getting stuck in this situation.

But LaVar appears to hold immense sway in his sons careers. He said he pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA, and he took LaMelo out of high school to play in Lithuania. As long as that perception remains, Lonzo will have to answer for comments like this one from his father.

The Lakers probably shouldn’t worry about Lonzo leaving as quickly as he can in unrestricted free agency, though his non-denial warrants at least consideration. But they are worried about another angle of this – how all this drama affects Lonzo.

Grizzlies sign second-round pick Jevon Carter to multiyear contract

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed second-round pick Jevon Carter to a multiyear deal.

Terms of the contract announced Sunday were not disclosed, but Carter himself confirmed the deal.

Carter has impressed at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and in Utah. His dogged, aggressive defense has slowed players — Trae Young had some of his worst games against Carter — and on offense his game has improved, including him dropping 26 points on the Jazz recently.

Carter was taken with the No. 32 pick after winning the Naismith defensive player of the year last season at West Virginia. The point guard was second in the nation with 3.03 steals per game and is the Mountaineers’ career leader in that category.

“Ray Allen from long distance” with chip shot to save par at American Century Classic

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“Ray Allen from long distance, how many times have we said that?”

Ray Allen had a good weekend at the American Century Championships, the former NBA sharpshooter and future Hall of Famer finished third in the celebrity golf event. One of the reasons he was there, this chip shot on 13 Sunday.

Former Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo won the event, with former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder was second.

LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ Summer League win

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There are two, maybe three guys playing for the Lakers in Summer League likely to be sharing a locker room with LeBron James next season — Isaac Bonga and Josh Hart, with maybe Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and/or Alex Caruso. Only Hart could see the court much.

LeBron was still courtside on Sunday for a quarterfinal game at Summer League, showing his support and being a good teammate. He gave Hart a hug on the court. Brandon Ingram stopped by and talked with LeBron for a bit.

LeBron watched the Lakers continue their strong run through the Summer League, racking up a 101-78 win. LeBron was into it, when Mykhailiuk took a shot midway through the first quarter LeBron yelled, ‘cash only!”  The shot was nothing but net.

The Lakers are on to the Summer League semifinals. Los Angeles won the Vegas Summer League last year.

 

After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe

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Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.