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Lonzo Ball's $495 signature shoe shockingly underwhelms on 1st day of sales

Lonzo Ball's $495 signature shoe shockingly underwhelms on 1st day of sales

You guys remember those math word problems from elementary school?

They were the worst, weren't they?

Speaking of the worst ... more LaVar Ball, everybody!

Here's a word problem involving Lonzo's dad: What's greater — the number of dollars Big Baller Brand's signature shoes cost or the reported amount of shoes sold on the first day of availability Monday?

If you guessed the latter ... DING! DING! DING! You're the lucky winner!

According to a report from NiceKicks.com, Big Baller Brand's $495 signature "ZO2 Prime" sneaker sold approximately 263 units on the first day of availability. Yes, people actually bought them. The report also says some people even bought the $995 special edition "ZO2 Primes" signed by Lonzo, who has yet to score a point in the NBA.

Good for those people.

But you've got to give LaVar some credit because even though the price is absurd and he's absurd, the 263 pairs sold still netted $156,000 for Big Baller Brand.

Speaking of LaVar, he was talking again somewhere on TV today (OK, on FOXSports1's "Undefeated" with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe) and he was talking about the shoes and why they cost so much.

"The fact that people are losing sight — they’re looking at the price tag and not understanding that Lonzo’s shoe is symbolic. That comes with a price tag," the father of potential future Sixers guard Lonzo told Bayless and Sharpe.

"Symbolic as he’s the first one ever to come in here without even playing a game and have his own brand. ... ZO2s mean something. That’s why the price tag is like that. That’s what the shoe’s worth."

So there's that.

The Kings blame Joel Embiid for loss

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The Kings blame Joel Embiid for loss

The Kings aren't happy with Joel Embiid.

They placed some blame on the Sixers' big man for their 23-point loss Thursday night.

How was Embiid at fault for a game he didn't even play?

Well, the Kings felt the wrath of Karl-Anthony Towns.

Let's just say Embiid may have fired up Towns after he embarrassed the Timberwolves' big man on Instagram the night prior (see story). In Embiid's defense, Towns was the instigator (see story).

Nonetheless, Towns went off on the Kings for 30 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and a plus-22 rating, leading the Timberwolves to a 119-96 win.

"I came to be an assassin tonight, not a basketball player," Towns said after the victory. "I wanted to try to be as active as possible and just disrupt the game as much as possible as well."

Way to go, JoJo.

Sorry, Kings.

Pat Neshek scares Rhys Hoskins fans

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Pat Neshek scares Rhys Hoskins fans

Pat Neshek is unofficially a Phillie once again, and he’s got jokes.

The lone All-Star for the 2017 Phillies, Neshek wore No. 17 in his short stint with the team last season. No problem, when he rejoins the team in spring training this season, he will get his number back, right?

Enter Rhys Hoskins.

After a relatively slow start to his MLB career for the first few games, Hoskins went on an absolute tear, belting 18 home runs in less than one-third of the season during his rookie campaign. During that time, a lot of fans probably bought a ton of Rhys Hoskins No. 17 jerseys.

Well, Neshek is back and he wants his number back. He posted this tweet Thursday.

He let 22 minutes go by before responding with this Tweet.

Some fans were not amused with his first post.

That’s a pretty funny joke and it shows that Neshek, who is an avid baseball card collector, is a true fan of the game, kept up with how his former team was doing while he was away last season and has a decent sense of humor.

Looks like Neshek will find a new number, but Phillies fans will hope he’s just as effective in it as he was last season in No. 17.