Lonzo Ball had another triple-double on Sunday (11-16-11) in a Lakers’ win over the playoff contender Nuggets. The box score line allowed Ball to tie LeBron James with his second triple-double by age 20 years, 23 days. Ball now has two of the four youngest triple-doubles ever. James has the other two. Good company.
This performance came two days after Ball walked away from a scuffle between some Lakers and some Suns. This raised red flags among many viewers. However, Ball's explanation was pitch perfect: NBA players don't really fight anyway, so why risk getting a tech?
Meanwhile, Ball’s father LaVar Ball downplayed President Donald Trump's role in ensuring LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA freshmen basketball players, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were released from custody in China after they allegedly shoplifted there on a team trip. In response, the President of the United States declared on Twitter that because one of the players' fathers did not express the necessary gratitude, he should have "left them in jail!" (They were never in jail. They were confined to a Hyatt Regency hotel.)
Steve Kerr told reporters it would be nice if reporters would stop covering both Ball and Trump. Like it or not, this is a story worth covering for what it says about our country today. And while Ball's past-due date has come and gone a dozen times, there should really never be less coverage of the President of the United States.
By the way, the Lakers were aided in that win over Denver by the questionable ejection of Nikola Jokic. Michael Malone was ejected, too, and got his money worth, but it's unclear why exactly Rodney Mott also gave Jokic the boot.
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Much of Puerto Rico remains without power. Those with power suffer from daily blackouts. Many lack potable running water. Thousands are fleeing their homes for the mainland United States. Non-profits are being relied upon to deliver meals because rural residents remain isolated. This is unbelievable. J.J. Barea continues to raise money for Puerto Rican charities, and is nearing his goal. Help him, if you can.
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Be excellent to each other.