Did Lonzo Ball duck De'Aaron Fox? LaVar Ball trashes Kings rookie

Did Lonzo Ball duck De'Aaron Fox? LaVar Ball trashes Kings rookie

It was the matchup most basketball fans had been waiting for.

The first professional meeting between Top 5 draft picks Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox.

It was supposed to happen on Monday, July 10 during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League.

Except Ball never suited up, citing a groin injury as reason for not playing in the game between the Lakers and Kings.

Speculation began that Ball was trying to avoid playing Fox, who scored 39 points on the UCLA star during their one meeting in college.

Nearly a week later, Lonzo's controversial father LaVar was asked if Lonzo was ducking Fox while appearing on Fox Sports Radio and he didn't hold back.

"Duck De'Aaron Fox? Have you heard about De'Aaron Fox? Hell nah. You can't hear about him unless he puts my boy's name in his mouth. He been doing all this stuff and ain't nobody been talking about him. So he and his dad gotta link themselves to us to be relevant. De'Aaron Fox had a whole season and the only thing they talk about is 39 points against Zo. You don't put Zo in a sentence, nobody cares about him," LaVar said on Sunday.

After a brief pause, the elder Ball took another shot at Fox.

"And the little white guy, what's his name, [Lakers guard Alex] Caruso, gave him a tailwhipping. Let's put that one out there. That boy outplayed him all day. All day," LaVar said.

While Ball sat out, Caruso scored 18 points in 30 minutes. Fox played 20 minutes and finished with 12 points, one assist and one rebound.

Labissiere returns to Haiti, reunites with man who pulled him from quake rubble

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Labissiere returns to Haiti, reunites with man who pulled him from quake rubble

Kings sophomore forward Skal Labissiere returned to Haiti for the first time since 2010 on Wednesday. 

One day later, he reunited with the man who helped save his life. Labissiere was trapped under rubble in a 2010 earthquake. The man and Skal's father searched through debris before finding the talented hooper. 

Labissiere is back in his native country to host a basketball camp from July 19-21. In his rookie year, Labissiere averaged 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 18.5 minutes per game.

The Kings selected Labissiere out of Kentucky with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

 

After one year in Sacramento, ex-Kings guard heads to China

After one year in Sacramento, ex-Kings guard heads to China

Editor's Note: The above video is from April 11, 2017.

With the Sacramento Kings drafting point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III and then inking George Hill, the door closed for a return of veteran Ty Lawson. On Tuesday afternoon, the 29-year-old announced via social that he is heading overseas to play in China for the Shanxi Dragons.

Lawson played well in his lone season in Sacramento, averaging 9.9 points and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per contest. He shot 45.4 percent from the field over 69 games, including 24 starts for the Kings.

Lawson almost made the leap to China last summer before landing in Sacramento on August 31. He joins free agent departures Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, Anthony Tolliver, Langston Galloway and Rudy Gay, all who have signed elsewhere this summer as the Kings revamp their roster.