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Tan: Good luck, Lakers

On Tuesday night, Los Angeles sports mogul and former all-star point guard Magic Johnson announced his resignation from the Lakers’ front office as president of basketball operations. Johnson’s decision to leave management stunned the NBA world, including Lebron James, considering his strong ties to the organization and his brief two-year tenure as the team’s chief…

Naidu: Faux All-Stars

If the NBA wants it’s increasingly tangential All-Star game to retain any credibility, it must reduce the impact of fan voting on the game’s starters. Lonzo Ball, shooting is averaging 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists per game with a 12.17 Player Efficiency Rating (PER) for the bottom-five Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard of the sixth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers is posting 25, 6.5 and 4.8 with a PER of 22.82. Ball received more than 27 thousand more votes than Lillard. Meanwhile, fellow Lakers’ rookie Kyle Kuzma out-voted Minnesota Karl-Anthony Towns, in the league’s first returns of fan voting, despite Towns’ scoring four more points per game with a PER nearly nine points higher.

Avalon: LaVar Ball and the American Dream

On June 22, some time a little after 7 p.m. ET, the rags to riches saga of the Ball family will reach its first big payday; LaVar’s oldest boy, Lonzo, will be one of the top picks in the NBA draft and will sign a contract worth more than $4 million per year. This father that sports fans love to hate is living the American dream, and his ride only goes up from here.