NBA rumors: Warriors GM Bob Myers to scout R.J. Hampton, LaMelo Ball


NBA rumors: Warriors GM Bob Myers to scout R.J. Hampton, LaMelo Ball

With the Warriors likely looking at a lottery pick by the time the 2020 NBA Draft rolls around, Golden State’s front office has been scouting some of college basketball’s top talent early in the season, including now-suspended Memphis center James Wiseman.

It appears team executives might be taking a much longer trip for the next talent-evaluating expedition.

General manager Bob Myers reportedly is planning a trip to Australia to scout potential NBA lottery picks R.J. Hampton and LaMelo Ball -- who both currently play in the country’s National Basketball League -- The Athletic’s Anthony Slater reported Friday night.

Myers would be making a pretty strong statement of interest by flying all the way down there just to get an in-person look at these two phenoms.

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Hampton hails from Dallas but chose to forego college basketball in favor of a professional season abroad, as he now competes for the New Zealand Breakers.

Ball, from the infamous Ball family, is spending the year with the Illawarra Hawks while he prepares to join his brother Lonzo -- a guard for the Pelicans -- in the NBA.

Warriors vs. 76ers live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV


Warriors vs. 76ers live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

The Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers will play a basketball game tonight at Wells Fargo Arena, but the action on the court likely won’t be at the forefront of the minds of those in attendance.

Tuesday night’s game marks the first NBA game in Philadelphia since the tragic passing of former Lakers star and basketball icon Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash this past Sunday. Kobe was born in the City of Brotherly Love and starred at nearby Lower Merion High School during his prep career.

Warriors guard Jacob Evans was recalled from the G League on Monday and could take the court for Golden State. 76ers center Joel Embiid is listed as questionable with a hand injury.

[RELATED: Steph posts stirring tributes to Kobe on Twitter, Instagram]

Here’s how you can watch Warriors-76ers on NBC Sports Bay Area:

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. PT, pregame begins at 3:00 p.m.
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App

Live stream all your Warriors games and get the latest news and analysis on the MyTeams App.

Warriors vs. 76ers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage


Warriors vs. 76ers watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

The Warriors enter Tuesday's matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers with an urge to win, but a heavy heart in the wake of Kobe Bryant's sudden death. 

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:00 p.m., with tipoff from Chase Center scheduled for 4:00 pm.

Golden State's latest quest for victory comes in Bryant's hometown, against the team his dad -- Joe "JellyBean" Bryant -- spent four seasons with. Bryant shared a bond with several Warriors, including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Following Bryant's last game at Oracle Arena, the Lakers forward gave Green his game-worn pair of sneakers, writing "make history" along the toebox. 

[RELATED: How to watch Warriors-Sixers tonight]

Now, two days removed from Bryant's death, the Warriors hope to make sure they have enough focus to snap a 3-game losing streak. 


G Glenn Robinson III
F Draymond Green
C Marquese Chriss
G Damion Lee
G D'Angelo Russell

F Matisse Thybulle
F Tobias Harris
C Al Horford
G Shake Milton
G Ben Simmons


Warriors:  Stephen Curry (left-hand fracture), Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness), Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation), Ky Bowman (NBA two-way), Alen Smailigic (G-League assignment) Kevon Looney (Left Abdominal Soreness) are out.

Sixers: Joel Embiid  (Left Hand; Surgery), Zhaire Smith (Left Ankle; Sprain), are questionable. Josh Richardson (Left hamstring strain)


Warriors: Through 47 games, the Warriors have used 22 different starting lineups, compared to 20 total last season. Alec Burks has continued his scoring binge, reaching double figures in 26 of his last 29 games, averaging 16.5 points per game over the span. Meanwhile, Damion Lee has struggled since signing his multi-year deal, averaging just 8.4 points per game since January 15th. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 29 points per game over his last four appearances. With Willie Cauley-Stein traded to Dallas, Marquese Chriss should continue his role in the starting lineup. 

Sixers:  Ben Simmons has been on a tear. Last week, he averaged 23.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.1 assists, earning Eastern Conference Player of the Week along the way. Simmons' tear comes as big man Joel Embiid rehabs a knee injury. Since Embiid's injury, Simmons has averaged nearly a triple-double during the span. Despite Embiid's absence, Philadelphia's frontcourt is still stout, with Al Horford's presence promising to cause Golden State problems.  

Officials: Scott Foster (#48), Mark Lindsay (#29), Derek Richardson (#63)