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LaVar Ball has vision: Lonzo-led Lakers end Warriors season

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LaVar Ball has vision: Lonzo-led Lakers end Warriors season

It's a new season and anything can happen. And though the Warriors are the NBA's preseason title favorite, one outspoken individual believes this is the Lakers year.

"I've got a vision for this year," LaVar Ball said on the Flagrant Two podcast. "[The Lakers] are gonna win them 50 games, and they gonna get in them playoffs, and the story that's gonna be for L.A. is Steve Kerr versus Luke Walton. That's gonna be a hell of an L.A. story, because he don't want that matchup. Luke know them tendencies, for that type of team. He knows 'em. And then there's another big story that y'all gonna have: The bigmouth father LaVar said his son was better than Steph Curry -- now let's see!

"If they get them suckers in the Western Conference finals, the Lakers are gonna get them. And when they get to the Finals, my son ain't gonna lose."

The Warriors have top odds at 5/8 to win the title and 4/11 to win the Western Conference, according to sports betting website Bovada.lv. The Lakers have 100/1 odds to win the title -- 12th best in the league -- and 66/1 odds to win the Western Conference -- ninth best.

Lonzo Ball will get his first glimpse of Stephen Curry in game action on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles.

What they're saying: JaVale McGee rounds up Bay Area stars for charity softball game

What they're saying: JaVale McGee rounds up Bay Area stars for charity softball game

With the A's out of town Saturday afternoon, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum still played a host to a game. A softball game, that is. 

Warriors big man JaVale McGee's JUGLIFE charity put on its fourth annual Water for Life celebrity softball game, featuring his teammates and some of the Bay Area's biggest sports and music stars. 

Andre Iguodala's team beat McGee's, 10-9, and Iguodala took home MVP honors. The two captains even got into an old-school baseball "fight," for good measure.

Klay Thompson makes his triumphant return to China

Klay Thompson makes his triumphant return to China

The sequel is rarely as good as its predecessor, but convention goes out the window when China Klay is involved.

That's right, Klay Thompson is back in China this summer. He made his first stop in Beijing on Saturday, and will spend the next seven days in the country. Here's his itinerary:

June 23 -- Beijing
June 25 -- Jinan
June 26 -- Zhengzhou
June 27 -- Taiyuan
June 28 -- Guiyang
June 30 -- Guangzhou

How many shots will he air ball? Will he only eat smoky foods? Two countries await those answers with baited breath.