Lonzo Ball doesn't trust the process in lackluster summer league debut

Lonzo Ball doesn't trust the process in lackluster summer league debut

Lonzo Ball's summer league debut turned into a dud and it seems Joel Embiid couldn't help but take notice.

Ball made a much-hyped appearance against the Clippers at the Las Vegas Summer League and couldn't find his shot. He made a highlight assist on the first play of the game, but shot 2 for 15, 1 for 11 from three, and had just five points and five assists in 32 minutes. His father, LaVar Ball, told the Associated Press that it was Lonzo's worst game ever.

"He don't be discouraged because that's the worst he can do," LaVar Ball said to the AP. "He can't go but up. And he still kept them in the game playing his worst game ever. That's what I like about it."

Shortly after Ball missed a potential tying three in the Lakers' 96-93 overtime loss, Embiid tweeted, "A wise man once said 'Trust The Process'" in what appeared to be a veiled comment on Ball's lackluster debut. 

Embiid tried to play off the tweets, saying he was watching Vampire Diaries. 

The tweets came after LaVar shot back at Embiid, who cussed out the Balls on Instagram Live earlier in the week.

LaVar, of course, couldn't help but be the center of attention at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday night. With a crowd full of Lakers fans, he got plenty of eyes on him as he took in his son's first professional game while Lavar sported Big Baller Brand gear. During halftime, LaVar was interviewed on ESPN's broadcast of the game. He guaranteed that the Lakers would make the playoffs in the crowded Western Conference.

He added that Lonzo winning Rookie of the Year was a "done deal," adding "I've got the trophy already." 

Collegeville Bakery posted a sign earlier in the day taunting LaVar, telling him to (what else?) trust the process. 

The Sixers and Lakers aren't scheduled to face off in Vegas, but let's hope there's a matchup in the summer league playoffs next week. The sooner we see Markelle Fultz and Co. vs. Ball, the better.

Sixers hire Lindsey Harding as second female full-time scout in NBA from WNBA

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Sixers hire Lindsey Harding as second female full-time scout in NBA from WNBA

The Sixers have made a historic hire in their scouting department.

The team has hired former WNBA star Lindsey Harding as a full-time scout starting next season. 

"I think when you have this goal in mind, your gender shouldn't even matter," Harding told ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne. "It should be about if you can do it, if you're good, you're experienced, if you know what you're doing and what you're talking about."

Harding, a Duke product and the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 WNBA draft, is just the second woman to be hired by an NBA team as a scout after a career in the WNBA. Jenny Boucek, who is now an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks, was the first former WNBA player to be hired as a scout back in 2006 by the Seattle SuperSonics. Becky Hammon, one of Harding's former opponents who urged Harding to pursue this path, was hired as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Hammon has since been interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks' GM job and been promoted to Gregg Popovich's top assistant.

Harding completed the NBA's Basketball Operations Associates Program last season after retiring in 2017. The 34-year-old guard spent nine seasons in the WNBA and represented Belarus in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"Lindsey has quickly become one of the game's bright young minds in basketball operations," Sixers head coach and interim GM Brett Brown said to Shelbourne. "Having graduated from the NBA's Basketball Operations Associates Program last season, Lindsey is applying the same grit and basketball IQ she used as a player in her move to the front office. We look forward to the work Lindsey will do to help grow our program and further solidify a culture of winning.

"It's no secret how much I value the culture we've built in Philadelphia and how much a family-like atmosphere means to our program. Lindsey is a leader, and she is a welcomed addition to the 76ers family. I look forward to working with her."

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Metta World Peace tweets that Joel Embiid will win MVP next season

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Metta World Peace tweets that Joel Embiid will win MVP next season

Joel Embiid didn’t wait long to share his expectations for next season.

“This is my first year going into a summer healthy and I’m excited about it. I feel like next year is definitely going to be a type of MVP season for me,” Embiid said during the Sixers’ exit interviews just one day after being eliminated from the playoffs.

The summer months haven’t done much to curb the All-Star center’s enthusiasm.

“I want to win the MVP because if I play better I think the stats show that my team plays better too,” Embiid said during an interview with KweséESPN prior to this month’s NBA Africa Game. “That’s the goal. I’ve got to set the bar high if you want to go somewhere.”

You can’t blame the man for being confident in himself. And now Embiid even has the support of a former colorful NBA player in his own right.

Metta World Peace (or Tru Warier or The Panda’s Friend or Ron Artest) sent out a simple tweet earlier this week.

That’s about as cut and dry as you can get. Although World Peace did have another hot take this week that might call his crystal ball skills into question.

Whoa. You lost us on that one, World Peace.

Embiid has a much better chance at earning MVP honors than those two teams (mainly the Knicks) have of reaching the Eastern Conference finals. In Bovada's MVP odds released this week, the center came in at 16/1 (seventh best) to win the award.

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