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Lonzo Ball

 

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FAMOUS FRIDAY: LONZO BALL
 
On June 22, 20 year old Lonzo Ball was selected with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.  Lonzo is a “one and done player” out of UCLA, who played one year of college ball with the Bruins as required by the NBA before turning pro. Lonzo is expected to be a revolutionary, Magic Johnson type of player, and he is living up to the hype. He has won countless awards. During the 2017 NBA Summer League, Ball led the event in double-doubles and triple-doubles recorded becoming the Summer League’s MVP by averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. Ball also was named to the NBA Summer League first team.
 
Lonzo’s father, Lavar, has created quite a stir in the media. He generates a lot of publicity for Lonzo and his other superstar sons. His tweets get almost as much attention as Donald Trump’s. Some people say Lavar Ball is an annoying loud mouth, but others think he is a marketing genius. Lavar played college basketball and a bit of pro football and first wanted to date his wife, Tina, who was also a college athlete, because he thought they would make great athletes together. He was right. Basketball was the families priority from the start and Lonzo’s two younger brothers, Lamelo (freshman in high school) and LiAngelo (junior in high school), have also been offered basketball scholarships from UCLA! 
 
They have established the Big Baller brand and have already launched their first shoe, the ZO2, which is priced at $495!!! This is going to be fun to watch.
 
– Karson Baldwin, Project RACE Teens Co-President

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FAMOUS FRIDAY: KLAY THOMPSON

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Klay’s parents and brothers, both of whom are also pro athletes.

Klay Thompson is an NBA All-Star. He’s explosive! He does not get anywhere near the amount of attention that his teammate, and fellow Splash Brother, Stephen Curry receives. But then again, who does? Still, Klay Thompson is a huge contributor to the Golden State Warriors success throughout the past two seasons. Last year he scored an NBA reord 37 points – in a SINGLE QUARTER – going 13 of 13 from the field. GHEEEESH!

Basketball is clearly in his blood. Born on February 8 1990 to a Bahamian father, who played good ball for the championship Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s and 90s, and a white mother, Klay attended Washington State University.  After winning the NBA championship in 2015, Thompson and his father became the fourth father-son duo to each win a title as players, joining Matt Guokas, Sr. and Jr.; Rick andBrent Barry; and Bill and Luke Walton.

The 6’7″ 26 year old shooting guard, has been playing great basketball, on what is arguably the greatest team in NBA history and definitely the winningest team in NBA history, finishing the regular season with a all time best 73-9 record.

 

“Make your supporters proud and your haters jealous!” – Klay Thompson

Dec 8, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Golden State defeats Indiana 131-123. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 8, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Golden State defeats Indiana 131-123. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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