LaVar Ball🏀 to Start Pro League for NBA Hopefuls👏
Saying that he has found a “long-awaited solution” to an “ongoing problem,” LaVar Ball announced Wednesday his intention to launch a professional league specifically geared toward recruiting top high school players who don’t want to make a “pit stop” at a college before becoming eligible for the NBA draft. The league will be called the Junior Basketball Association, and it will be sponsored by the Ball family’s company, Big Baller Brand.
“The JBA will cater to the top ranked high school basketball prospects in America,” Ball said in a statement (via SLAM). According to reports, Ball plans to pay players between $3,000 and $10,000 a month to fill eight teams, with 10-man rosters, based in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas.
“Getting these players is going to be easy,” Ball told ESPN's Darren Rovell. “This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we’re going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids.”
Turkey Wants Enes Kanter🏀 Jailed for Insulting🗣 President Erdogan
A Turkish prosecutor asked for NBA's New York Knicks star Enes Kanter to be jailed for up to four years for insulting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Wednesday.
Kanter's passport was revoked by Turkish authorities earlier this year, and an arrest warrant was issued after he was named a "fugitive" by a Turkish court over his support for U.S-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating an attempted coup in July 2016.
Kanter is a long-time supporter of Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 and whose extradition Erdogan is seeking.
Last year, Turkish media published a handwritten letter signed by Kanter's father, Mehmet, disowning a son he accused of having been "hypnotized" by the Gulen movement.
In response, the 25-year-old Kanter - the third pick in the NBA draft when he joined Utah Jazz in 2011 - said he was dedicating himself to Gulen and the cleric's Hizmet (Service) movement.
Thompson, Durant Lead 🤕Injured Warriors to Record 10th Straight Win🎉
Klay Thompson scored 27 of his 29 points in the first half and made his first nine field goals, leading the undermanned Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 97-84 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight win.
Kevin Durant added 22 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots as defending champion Golden State was down five regulars again, including two-time MVP Stephen Curry out for his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle.
Thompson shot 10 for 16 overall and didn't miss until a 3-point try with 6:10 left before halftime.Warriors are the fourth team in NBA history, after San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics & Seattle Supersonics, to post a double-digit win streak in five consecutive campaigns(2013-2017).