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Magic Johnson: LaVar Ball doesn't affect evaluation of son Lonzo

Magic Johnson: LaVar Ball doesn't affect evaluation of son Lonzo

LaVar Ball won't stop talking to the point where there are legitimate questions about blowback for his son.

But Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson says LaVar doesn't affect his view of Lonzo Ball, a potential top-three pick in this June's NBA Draft.

Johnson told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that the outspoken elder Ball "has no effect at all" on how he evaluates Lonzo. 

"I think what you're drafting is the son and not the father," Johnson told ESPN. "I think that you also are gauging and evaluating his son on his ability and what he can do not only on the basketball court but also what he can do for your team. How he can enhance and make your team better."

The Lakers, of course, only keep their pick if it lands in the top three. If it falls outside the top three, the pick conveys to the Sixers, providing Johnson no opportunity to draft Ball this June. Ball has indicated he'd like to play for the Lakers after growing up in Chino Hills, Calif., and attending UCLA. It would certainly make for quite the Hollywood story.

But LaVar's comments aren't making other teams shy away as well. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, whose team has the second best odds of landing the first overall selection, also said that Lonzo's dad doesn't change his team's calculus. Per Goodman, several other league execs also agree with Magic and McDonough. 

"Not really, no," McDonough said at the NBA Draft Combine. "We evaluate the player, first and foremost. Every player comes from a different family situation. It seems like LaVar has been extremely involved in Lonzo's career and obviously he's a polarizing guy, but on the court, in terms of development, it seems like it's helped Lonzo."

Carson Wentz gets emotional while honoring Landon Solberg, who lost life to cancer

Carson Wentz gets emotional while honoring Landon Solberg, who lost life to cancer

Carson Wentz came to the podium on Wednesday afternoon wearing a T-shirt that read "Landon's Light" on it and went on to explain the significance of the shirt and the life that inspired it.

"For those that don't know Landon [Solberg], he actually threw out the first pitch at the [Carson Wentz] Charity Softball game. He lost his life to cancer yesterday. Trying not to get emotional, but a good kid like that who was able to go through our AO1 Foundation's program, we got to know him really well and his family. To see his fight and his faith through his fight, his faith in Jesus, really inspired me," Wentz said.

"My prayers have been with his family. I know Landon's up there celebrating with Jesus. So that's something we can celebrate."

Wentz also posted a video and moving message to his social media accounts:

We are so thankful to have known this special young man and will always cherish the memories we have been able to make with him. His confident hope, unwavering faith and unquenchable joy has pointed so many to Jesus. He is the true definition of a conqueror: in the darkest of moments, he kept his focus fixed on the light — JESUS.⁣

Our hearts ache for the Solberg family and all those who had the privilege of knowing Landon. Let us cling to the same HOPE Landon held so tightly to - the hope of Jesus!⁣

You can watch the video below.

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Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Back in April, Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan began a rap career with Good Boyz Music and now he’s back with another track and video. 

In this one, entitled “Come Thru” Jernigan is wearing his No. 93 Eagles jersey for his verse, which he drops under the name Stud Muffin (h/t PhillyVoice). At one point, Jernigan is holding a black umbrella in one hand and a wad of cash in the other. 

OK then. 

Check it out, but be warned: There’s some NSFW lyrics in there. Jernigan’s verse starts around the 38-second mark. 

As PhillyVoice pointed out, Jernigan does drop a David Akers lyric in the song — “like my name David Akers or I play rugby.” That seems to be a reference to the previous line when Jernigan mentioned kicking and punting. 

While Jernigan rocked his own jersey in the latest video, back in April, in “Hustle Harder” Jernigan was wearing an old-school Grant Hill Pistons jersey. Here’s that track: 

Believe it or not, his budding rap career wasn’t one of the topics of conversation when a few reporters caught up with Jernigan back in May.

Jernigan signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal to return to Philadelphia this past offseason. That came after what has been a wild couple years for Jernigan in Philadelphia. He was traded here, became a big part of the defense, signed a huge contract, suffered a mysterious injury and then the Eagles declined his option this offseason before he returned at an extremely discounted rate. 

The Eagles this offseason also brought in Malik Jackson, who will likely take over as the starting defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox. That, of course, was Jernigan’s old position. 

“I don’t care,” Jernigan said in May. “I believe in me. I believe in Timmy. Straight up. I believe in Timmy. I hope nobody take that the wrong way.”

He even believes enough in Timmy to wear his jersey in his rap video. 

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