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Did Lonzo Ball duck De'Aaron Fox? LaVar Ball trashes Kings rookie

Did Lonzo Ball duck De'Aaron Fox? LaVar Ball trashes Kings rookie

It was the matchup most basketball fans had been waiting for.

The first professional meeting between Top 5 draft picks Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox.

It was supposed to happen on Monday, July 10 during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League.

Except Ball never suited up, citing a groin injury as reason for not playing in the game between the Lakers and Kings.

Speculation began that Ball was trying to avoid playing Fox, who scored 39 points on the UCLA star during their one meeting in college.

Nearly a week later, Lonzo's controversial father LaVar was asked if Lonzo was ducking Fox while appearing on Fox Sports Radio and he didn't hold back.

"Duck De'Aaron Fox? Have you heard about De'Aaron Fox? Hell nah. You can't hear about him unless he puts my boy's name in his mouth. He been doing all this stuff and ain't nobody been talking about him. So he and his dad gotta link themselves to us to be relevant. De'Aaron Fox had a whole season and the only thing they talk about is 39 points against Zo. You don't put Zo in a sentence, nobody cares about him," LaVar said on Sunday.

After a brief pause, the elder Ball took another shot at Fox.

"And the little white guy, what's his name, [Lakers guard Alex] Caruso, gave him a tailwhipping. Let's put that one out there. That boy outplayed him all day. All day," LaVar said.

While Ball sat out, Caruso scored 18 points in 30 minutes. Fox played 20 minutes and finished with 12 points, one assist and one rebound.

Kings' Bogdanovic congratulates Doncic after winning EuroLeague title, Final Four MVP

Kings' Bogdanovic congratulates Doncic after winning EuroLeague title, Final Four MVP

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Luka Doncic had quite the weekend.

On Saturday, he was named regular season MVP of the EuroLeague. On Sunday, he helped lead Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title and was named MVP of the Final Four. 

Doncic finished with 15 points, four assists and three rebounds in Real Madrid's 85-80 win over Fenerbahce.

During Real Madrid's celebration, current Kings guard and former Fenerbahce guard Bogdan Bogdanovic was on the court and congratulated Doncic on his accomplishments.

Earlier in the day, Bogdanovic was reportedly asked about the possibility of the Kings drafting Doncic with the No. 2 pick.

"It will be nice to have him, but you never know. He might go No. 1," Bogdanovic said according to David Pick.

With rumors swirling that Doncic might stay with Real Madrid next season, ESPN asked him about his future plans after the big win.

"I will tell about all at the right time. Right now I just want to celebrate with my team. Soon I will tell," Doncic said.

Possible Kings' top pick Luka Doncic named EuroLeague MVP

Possible Kings' top pick Luka Doncic named EuroLeague MVP

When the Kings moved up to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the excitement in Sacramento was palpable. General Manager Vlade Divac and the team’s management group could go in a couple of different directions, but European star Luka Doncic is expected to get plenty of consideration for a Kings team in search of a franchise player.

On Saturday, Doncic was named the Turkish Airlines MVP of the EuroLeague, which only adds more fuel to the fire in Sacramento.  

“It’s amazing, it’s like a dream come true,” the 19-year-old Slovenian told media members on Saturday. “Still, we have one more game to go, which would make me so much more happier.”

The 6-foot-8 wing posted 16.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 25.9 minutes per game for Real Madrid.

Doncic and his Real Madrid teammates will face off with Fenerbahce in the European Cup Finals on Sunday. His 16-point, 7-rebound performance against CSKA Moscow on Friday helped propel his club into the championship game.

“It’s going to be really really hard,” Doncic said. “Fenerbahce has an amazing team, amazing coach, they have amazing fans. So it’s going to be a really hard game. We need to be focused 40 minutes, every possession and like a team. We need to play like a team.”

There is still a possibility that Doncic could unseat Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton for the top overall selection in the draft. He’s a versatile player that can play the point guard, shooting guard and small forward position and is considered one of the best prospects to come out of Europe in the last two decades.