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Sixers exec suggests LaVar Ball could cause problems for NBA team that drafts son Lonzo

Sixers exec suggests LaVar Ball could cause problems for NBA team that drafts son Lonzo

What many have wondered about Lonzo Ball was essentially confirmed by Philadelphia 76ers special advisor Jerry Colangelo on Friday, that his outspoken father LaVar will indeed be a consideration for teams as they evaluate the UCLA's future as a draft prospect.

In an interview with CBS Sports radio on WIP in Philly, Colangelo had this to say:

"I think Ball is a terrific prospect and could have an outstanding NBA future," Colangelo said. "I think it's going to be challenging with the people around him without being specific, and yet I don't think teams should bypass the player because they have those concerns. I think at the end of the day what wins in this league is talent and this is a very talented young man."

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LaVar Ball has found himself embroiled in all sorts of controversies between saying UCLA fell short in the tournament because of their white players, saying his son is already better than Stephen Curry and with his comments to a female Fox Sports radio host that were deemed sexist by some.

Lonzo Ball, meanwhile, keeps a relatively low profile. And there is no denying his talent, it's just that drafting him could open an NBA team up to a unique dynamic with his father making news so often. What makes Colangelo's comments even more interesting is that he works for the Sixers, his son is their GM and Philly holds the No. 3 pick in the draft. Ball is expected by most to go No. 2 to the Lakers, but if he slips past two this will be something to look back on.

(Via CSN Philly)

[RELATED: John Wall gives his take on Lonzo Ball's 'Big Baller Brand' shoes]

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Report: NBA general managers are in favor of 20 or more playoff teams

Report: NBA general managers are in favor of 20 or more playoff teams

While general managers are split on how the NBA should proceed with the 2020 season, there is one factor that most teams agree on: expanding the playoff field. 

In a survey sent to NBA GMs this week, 83% (25 of 30) of them voted in favor of a "Playoffs Plus" format that would have 20 or more teams in the playoffs, according to Shams Charania. However, the 30 GMs were split on whether to maintain the traditional playoff seeding (53%) or to reseed the field (47%), presumably from 1-20 based on the overall league standings

The traditional NBA's playoff format has 16 team bracket with eight teams from each conference. A format that has been in place since 1984. Adding four teams, whether the four best teams outside the playoffs or two from either conference would make the largest playoff field ever.

Expanding the playoff field would be similar to the NHL's return to play plan which had the top 12 teams in both conferences advancing straight to the playoffs. The NBA is considering a play-in format to include New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio and Sacramento - all Western Conference teams - according to ESPN.

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Other details seem to have less of a consensus from the decision-makers of each franchise. Here are some of the results according to Charania:

  • 53% (16) GMs want to advance directly to the NBA playoffs, 27% (8) would like an abbreviated season with a play-in
  • 60% (18) were in favor of a 72-game season. All teams had completed 63-67 games before the stoppage.
  • Non-playoff teams were split on resuming the season
  • Most GMs wanted the season to conclude by Oct. 1
  • They wanted a larger roster or more flexibility when play resumes

None of the results of the survey are set in stone. Merely they were used to gauge opinions from each team. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will talk with the league’s board of governors to discuss formats and a potential timeline on Friday. 

The Wizards are currently the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference and 5.5 games out of the standard final playoff spot. In terms of the league standings, they have the 22nd-best record in the NBA.

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Wizards' Beal reacts to arrest of CNN reporter covering unrest in Minneapolis

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Wizards' Beal reacts to arrest of CNN reporter covering unrest in Minneapolis

Bradley Beal took to Twitter on Friday to express concern over the arrest of CNN's Omar Jimenez while covering the unrest in Minneapolis on Thursday night. 

"We arresting reporters and not the cop? Okay," Beal wrote.

Jimenez and his crew were detained while covering the response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes. His death has sparked massive unrest in Minneapolis. Beal is one of many athletes to speak out about the death - on a conference call earlier this week, Ravens' Ronnie Stanley told reporters of Floyd's death: 

“It’s something that obviously it’s pretty easy to see what’s happening. Hopefully justice prevails in this case. It’s really sad to see. I really feel bad for him, his family and his loved ones. I’m keeping them in my prayers.”

A number of other NBA players have also spoken out. LeBron James posted a photo of himself wearing an "I Can't Breathe" shirt, which he and a number of other players wore in response to Eric Garner's death in New York in 2014. "Still," he wrote in the Instagram caption.

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STILL!!!! 🤬😢😤

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Earlier this week, Beal also tweeted this about Floyd's death:

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