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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 vs. Mavericks live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Kings vs. Mavericks live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Few teams need a win as much as the Kings do Tuesday.

Sacramento has dropped each of its first two games in the NBA's Orlando restart, and stand one game behind the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers for the No. 9 spot in the Western Conference standings, where they'll need to get to to even have a chance at a postseason berth.

Back-to-back losses to the Spurs and Orlando Magic have put the Kings in a bind, and they'll need to stack up some wins in order to climb back up the standings. The Dallas Mavericks are at No. 7 in the West, also in need of a victory after losses to the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns to begin the Orlando restart.

Luke Walton lamented the team's lackluster effort in a blowout loss to the Magic on Sunday, and said he would potentially be making some "changes" to the Kings' lineup.

Here's how you can watch Kings vs. Mavericks online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

When: Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 11:30 a.m. PT (Kings Pregame Live starts at 11:00 a.m PT)
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

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Kings vs. Mavericks live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Kings vs. Mavericks live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

Few teams need a win as much as the Kings do Tuesday.

Sacramento has dropped each of its first two games in the NBA's Orlando restart, and stand 1.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 9 spot in the Western Conference standings. Back-to-back losses to the Spurs and Orlando Magic have put the Kings in a bind, and they'll need to stack up some wins in order to climb back up the standings. The Dallas Mavericks are at No. 7 in the West, also in need of a victory after losses to the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns to begin the Orlando restart.

Luke Walton lamented the team's lackluster effort in a blowout loss to the Magic on Sunday, and said he would potentially be making some "changes" to the Kings' lineup.

Here's how you can watch Kings vs. Mavericks online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

When: Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 11:30 a.m. (Kings Pregame Live starts at 11:00 p.m)
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

[PURPLE TALK PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]