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Sunday / December 17.
  • Donald Trump: ‘LaVar Ball Is a Poor Man’s Version of Don King, But Without the Hair’

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    Another early morning, another Donald Trump rant about LaVar Ball.

    Trump woke up the day before Thanksgiving and went after the elder Ball, comparing him unfavorably to legendary boxing promoter Don King.

    Trump’s latest Tweets come in the wake of Ball’s appearance on CNN Monday night with Chris Cuomo in which he repeatedly refused to thank Trump for asking Chinese President Xi Jinping to release LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley after they were arrested Nov. 8 for shoplifting in China.

    The elder Ball, meantime, is conducting battles on several fronts.

    On top of his feud with Trump, he called out the Lakers coaching staff, saying they were “soft” in their coaching of the team and eldest son Lonzo Ball.

    “They’re soft,” he said. “They don’t know how to coach my son. I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”

    Asked for a response, Lakers coach Luke Walton said: “Absolutely nothing…it’s not what we’re here to do or talk about,” per NBC Los Angeles’ Shahan Ahmed.

    Photo: TMZ

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.