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Sixers exec suggests LaVar Ball could cause problems for NBA team that drafts son Lonzo

Sixers exec suggests LaVar Ball could cause problems for NBA team that drafts son Lonzo

What many have wondered about Lonzo Ball was essentially confirmed by Philadelphia 76ers special advisor Jerry Colangelo on Friday, that his outspoken father LaVar will indeed be a consideration for teams as they evaluate the UCLA's future as a draft prospect.

In an interview with CBS Sports radio on WIP in Philly, Colangelo had this to say:

"I think Ball is a terrific prospect and could have an outstanding NBA future," Colangelo said. "I think it's going to be challenging with the people around him without being specific, and yet I don't think teams should bypass the player because they have those concerns. I think at the end of the day what wins in this league is talent and this is a very talented young man."

[RELATED: Fultz or Ball? John Wall gives his pick for the best player in the draft]

LaVar Ball has found himself embroiled in all sorts of controversies between saying UCLA fell short in the tournament because of their white players, saying his son is already better than Stephen Curry and with his comments to a female Fox Sports radio host that were deemed sexist by some.

Lonzo Ball, meanwhile, keeps a relatively low profile. And there is no denying his talent, it's just that drafting him could open an NBA team up to a unique dynamic with his father making news so often. What makes Colangelo's comments even more interesting is that he works for the Sixers, his son is their GM and Philly holds the No. 3 pick in the draft. Ball is expected by most to go No. 2 to the Lakers, but if he slips past two this will be something to look back on.

(Via CSN Philly)

[RELATED: John Wall gives his take on Lonzo Ball's 'Big Baller Brand' shoes]


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Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

Don't expect a big role for Ramon Sessions with Wizards after signing as free agent

When Ramon Sessions was last with the Wizards, he was the primary backup point guard behind starter John Wall. Now back with the team on a 10-day contract, he is expected to play a much more muted role.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks spoke of Sessions as the fourth-string point guard, not only behind Wall who remains out to recover from left knee surgery, but also behind Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier. The presence of Sessions should not affect Satoransky's minutes as the replacement starter and it doesn't sound like Frazier is in jeopardy of moving down the depth chart, either.

"I don't know how many minutes or opportunities he will get, but with the way he holds himself I feel comfortable if we need him in a pinch," Brooks said. "We have some coverage now if one of our guards goes down or gets in foul trouble."


Brooks mentioned Sessions' ability to play some at shooting guard if needed. He also praised Sessions' penchant for getting to the free throw line. Sessions has averaged 3.9 free throw attempts in just 23.5 minutes per game. That's highest among active players who have averaged 24 minutes or less in their career.

Sessions played well for the Wizards down the stretch of the 2014-15 season and in the 2015-16 campaign. As a member of the Wizards, he averaged 9.2 points and 3.0 assists per game.


He has played for eight different teams, but has always felt a connection to Washington.

"It just always felt like a place I could end up back one day," he said. "People always ask me, being on so many teams, 'what's the home team to you?' I always come back to the Wizards. It was a place I was only here a year-and-a-half, but it feels like much longer than that with the run we had and the fans and the support I get when I come here."

Exactly how long Sessions will be here is unclear. He couldn't crack the Knicks' rotation earlier this season and has a lot to prove. Still, he's excited for the opportunity.


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Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools


Kevin Durant commits $10 million to Prince George's County public schools

Kevin Durant continues to give back to the community that raised him. 

Durant, who calls Prince George's County, MD., home, recently announced a partnership with Prince George's County public schools. 

The partnership, which comes with a $10 million dollar commitment from Durant, will help fund a program called College Track. Essentially, it's a 10-year program that provides basic infrastructure — test prep, tutoring, college selection and how to get financial aid — that kids from less-advantaged families often times don’t have.

Durant's money will go towards building College Track's Maryland center. There are nine other College Tracks across California, Colorado, and Louisiana, and the program has helped over 3,000 students get to college and beyond. This Maryland center will be the first of three that are planned to go up in the DC area. 

You can read the entire article about Durant and College Track right here.