LaVar Ball

Current Lakers Don't Have Any Kobe in Them, for Better or Worse

NEW YORK — It's been 613 days since Kobe Bryant tucked his No. 24 Lakers jersey into his waistband and went out in an unfathomable blaze of glory with 60 points in the 1,566th and final game of his Hall of Fame career (playoffs included).<p>He hasn't attended a Lakers game since, though he will do so …

Basketball

Fox Sports mocks LaVar Ball with a football-themed parody skit

LaVar Ball is the world’s most notorious basketball parent who recently pushed his two younger sons into signing with a Lithuanian League club. We’ve seen <i>Saturday Night Live</i> take on LaVar, and on Sunday, it was Fox Sports’ turn.<p>Week 15’s edition of “Riggle’s Picks” featured a parody sister for …

Sports

Lonzo Ball is the face of the Lakers, but he strives to be more LeBron James than Kobe Bryant

It seems like something ripped out of a movie script: the kid from Chino Hills — a mere 40 miles east of Staples Center growing up during the age of Kobe Bryant being one of the dominant figures in the NBA — goes to UCLA, becomes a star and is taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft to …

Basketball

Renaissance man: GM Rob Pelinka, Kobe's former agent, is trying to revitalize the Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – If you didn’t know Rob Pelinka was one of the most important people in this post-Kobe Bryant Lakers era, the yin to Magic Johnson’s yang in the front office overhauled by owner Jeanie Buss in February, you might mistake him for one of those well-to-do fans who watches from his …

NBA

Despite Not Being on Team Anymore, LiAngelo Ball Was Featured on UCLA Game Tickets

LiAngelo Ball, the brother of Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball, was featured on tickets for the UCLA Basketball team's home game against Cincinnati. Only …

Sports

Warriors Injury Report: Stephen Curry And Draymond Green, Among Others Ruled Out For Monday’s Game Against Lakers

While it may feel as though Monday night is solely about the Kobe Bryant jersey retirement ceremony, the Los Angeles...

Basketball

LaVar Ball Where My Dogs At? New Pups for LiAngelo & LaMelo

Bow wow wow yippee yo yippie yay -- <b>LaVar Ball</b> got his soon-to-be Lithuania bound sons some new playmates ... 3 Rottweiller puppies.<p>TMZ Sports got …

How Roger Goodell allowed a ‘leader’ to embarrass the NFL

Just because Roger Goodell doesn’t tell the truth doesn’t mean he’s a liar, does it? I’d prefer to suggest that the commissioner of the NFL is paid …

Roger Goodell

High school football transfer season begins

It’s my favorite time of the year: transfer season for high school football players. Do you detect any sarcasm?<p>Get your pencils and erasers ready. The fall semester is ending. The spring semester will soon begin. Review the rosters and coaching changes. See which teams need a quarterback. Then …

College & University

Thanks, But No Thanks? Charles Barkley Donates $1M To Alabama Women But Says ‘No Restaurants And Hair Salons’

When is someone going to inform retired NBA player Charles Barkley that shutting the hell up is free? The 54-year-old was on a roll all week long …

Women of Color

Padres still trying to find their identity as they look to future

<i>Sez Me. …</i><p>The Padres are about to play their 50th season of (sporadic) major league baseball. By the time I turned 50, despite Angry Villager …

Ryan Shazier

Melo on the Knicks: 'I like what I see, I like the potential that they have'

By Adam Zagoria | 12:27AM<p>NEW YORK -- Raise your hand if you had the Knicks beating Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder without Kristaps Porzingis.<p>Go …

NBA

Kristaps Porzingis has the New York City spotlight all to himself

The big guy for the Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis, is even bigger right now than Aaron Judge, the biggest guy in town this year. It’s not just because …

New York Knicks

Sloppy UCLA Loses to Cincinnati 77-63

Steve Alford’s Bruins are slowly-but-surely playing their way out of the NCAA tournament, a fact that was unthinkable heading into the …

College Basketball

The good, the bad and the Balls: Evaluating progress of young Lakers

The incredibly young Lakers roster that Luke Walton is tasked with developing has shown flashes of potential while also displaying the maddening …

NBA

The Disney acquisition of Fox will change how you watch local sports

It has been a wild year for ESPN, which began with them winning a best documentary feature Oscar for "O.J.: Made in America" before seguing into a months-long drama involving Trump tweets and a bungled suspension involving anchor Jemele Hill. But the year is ending as it always ends for the …

Jemele Hill

Steward: Despite flunking out at Laney, A’s earn high marks for Piscotty deal

Darting here and there …<p>–The A’s may have flunked out of Laney College, but we’re still giving them a very high grade on their winter meetings final …

Oakland Athletics

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball's Lithuania Coach Jokes LaVar Can Be His Assistant

Virginijus Seskus, head basketball coach of Prienu Vytautas in Lithuania that recently signed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, is not worried about the …

Basketball

Letters: Dodgers don't appear willing to pay the price to the next step

How can the Dodgers not afford Giancarlo Stanton? I’m reminded of how much money they have every time I can’t watch their games on TV.<p>Jack Wishard<p>Los Angeles<p>The Dodgers' Friedman and Zaidi are becoming the Penn and Teller of Major League Baseball. The reality Dodgers fans expect has become nothing …

Rob Pelinka

Darnold, Lavar and How Much Football Is Too Much? — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Andre and Zac ramble and argue on Lavar Ball's mission, the importance of football in Northeast Ohio and how the NFL views Sam Darnold.<br>…

Cleveland

Sports Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

<b>Front Five: The top stories that shaped both sports & politics this week</b><p>Justin Sullivan/Getty Images<p><b>“I am pledging $1,000,000 to black women in</b> …

Dustin Johnson

LeBron James Covered His Mouth For His Postgame Chat With Lonzo Ball After Cavs-Lakers

While he may not be the biggest LaVar Ball fan on earth, LeBron James is an open fan of his eldest son, Lonzo. The Cavaliers and the Lakers squared off on Thursday night, marking the first time that the best basketball player in the world and Big Baller Brand’s only NBA player went head-to-head.<p>The …

Basketball

LiAngelo Ball Slaps Trump in Face, Comes Forward With Truth Behind His On-Camera Thank You

Former UCLA basketball guard LiAngelo Ball has revealed that he only thanked President Donald Trump for securing his release from China following his …

Conservative View

Celtics GM Danny Ainge on why he doesn't like LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball's move to Lithuania

19-year-old LiAngelo Ball and 16-year-old LaMelo Ball are preparing for life in Lithuania after signing a one-year deal to play for BC Prienai, a part of LaVar Ball’s master plan to make sure each one of his three sons end up on the Lakers’ roster.<p>Among the many potential problems facing the Ball …

Basketball

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:<p>1. WHO COULD HOLD UP GOP TAX PACKAGE<p>Republican Senator Marco Rubio's potential defection over a tax credit for low-income parents puts a speed bump into his party's effort to approve tax …

Kyle Kuzma

The Ball family: When exasperation leads to the wilderness

Image 1of/3<p>Caption<p>Close<p>The mention of Lithuanian basketball always recalls memories of <b>Sarunas Marciulionis</b>, who served the Warriors with such …

Shohei Ohtani

The Best Basketball Sneakers to Wear (and Ball In) Right Now

Whether you're a seasoned vet of the hardwood or just don't want to roll you ankle playing pick-up, GQ's Best Stuff has you covered.<p>Photographs by<p>Forty years ago, basketball sneakers and the kicks you'd wear to do anything else were one in the same. But today, basketball sneakers are iPhone-level …

Men's Fashion

Hot reads: Who leaked Shohei Ohtani's elbow injury report?

Who leaked the information on Shohei Ohtani’s injury to his pitching arm?<p>Major League Baseball wants to know and will conduct an investigation to …

Shohei Ohtani

Skip on Lakers – Cavs tonight: ‘Lonzo is in the wrong place at the wrong time… LeBron is going to play angry’

In his preview of tonight's NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Skip Bayless explains to Shannon Sharpe that, …

Basketball

Here's LeBron's response to a kid in the hospital asking him to dunk on Lonzo Ball.

Though plenty of people have been looking forward to Thursday night's game between the Lakers and Cavs, there's now a little more to get hype for. …

Basketball