Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo appear in trailer for new Marvel movie

The Ball brothers make another appearance in a Marvel Studios movie trailer.

You can find the Ball brothers on your TV and mobile screens once again, but this time, not on a basketball court.

Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo Ball appeared in a movie trailer for the new Marvel Studios ‘Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’, which was released this week.

In the trailer, the brother’s appear to be in a support group, in which they speak on how hard their father, LaVar, is on them to succeed.

The three brothers also appeared in a promotion for ‘Black Widow’, another Marvel Studios feature.

Check out the trailer for ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ below.

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Pelicans vs. Hornets Recap: The good, the bad and the Lonzo and LaMelo Ball

The Charlotte Hornets pulled off an impressive comeback in their lone national television game of the first half of the season, rallying from trailing by 18 to win going away in New Orleans on Friday, 118-110.

The Charlotte Hornets pulled off an impressive comeback in their lone national television game of the first half of the season, rallying from trailing by 18 to win going away in New Orleans on Friday, 118-110.

Charlotte allowed 38 first-quarter points and trailed by 16 by the end of the period and 12 at halftime. However, 71 second-half points allowed the Hornets to outscore the host Pelicans by 30 and win by double-digits.

Gordon Hayward finished with 26 points, tying Zion Williamson for game-high honors. Miles Bridges added 20 points, Devonte’ Graham had 17 and Terry Rozier chipped in 15.

For the Pelicans, Josh Hart had 19 points off the bench while Brandon Ingram and JJ Redick each chipped in 17.

Lonzo, LaMelo Ball share stories of memorable backyard basketball games

Years before stepping foot onto an NBA court, Lonzo and LaMelo Ball crafted their skills in the backyard of their Chino Hills home.

Lonzo and LaMelo Ball will meet for the first time against one another on Friday in an official basketball game. However, their battles against one another date back many, many years to the backyard in Chino Hills.

While the brothers rarely played 1-on-1 due to the age and size discrepancy, that doesn’t mean there weren’t backyard duels. With the benefit of three brothers, the boys could easily set up 2-on-2 or 3-on-3 contests.

“We played 3-on-3 pretty much every day,” Lonzo said. “So we always went at it. I think you see that in (LaMelo’s) game. He’s not he’s not afraid of anybody. He’s always played up and it’s always been that way for him.”

The youngest in the family, LaMelo held his own in the battles. As Lonzo notes, it was the beginning of LaMelo playing against older and bigger competition. It would be a recurring theme for LaMelo as he eventually played as a 16-year old professionally in Lithuania then as an 18-year old in Australia.

Before those stops, though, LaMelo played in his backyard and took more bumps and bruises than in any professional league.”

“Nobody took it easy,” he said.” I mean, that’s probably the most competitive basketball I’ve been in (was) in the backyard. Fighting, scrapping, falling on concrete, playing hella hard. I mean, parents getting scared when their kids go back there. So it was a whole lot. Something you just had a witness for real.”

Those backyard games clearly were as memorable as they were tough and served as a place where the Ball brothers crafted their skills years before landing in the NBA.

Lonzo, LaMelo Ball prime for first NBA matchup: ‘It’s going to be a lot of fun’

Lonzo and LaMelo Ball are set to square off for the first time against one another on Friday as the Pelicans host the Hornets.

Even if bother brothers say otherwise, Friday’s contest against the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets will not be simply another game.

For the first time in five years, Lonzo and LaMelo Ball will share the court in a competitive basketball game and, for the first time ever in that setting, they won’t be on the same team. And even if the country will be watching the nationally-televised game on ESPN, both brothers still have their focus on getting the win.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Lonzo said. “It’s our first time matching up in a real game. But I think it’s a good opportunity for us to get back on track. We lost the last two so we want to turn it around and it starts tomorrow.”

“I feel like if anyone’s feeling something, I feel like it’s probably going to be my family,” LaMelo added. “I think they’re probably going to be the ones getting all the joy out of it and stuff. Me and him are going out there both trying to get a win for our team.”

A lot has changed in those five years since Lonzo and LaMelo were joined by LiAngelo – as well as Hawks forward Onyeka Okongwu – at Chino Hills. Back then, the brothers and father LaVar had only begun to creep into the national media picture after leading the Huskies to a perfect 35-0 season and a state title.

“It was the first time that we all got to play together in high school, the only time we got to play together in high school, and we made the most of it,” Lonzo said. “It was just fun time just all around being with them before I took off on my journey and they want their ways as well.”

Those journeys have been vastly different. Lonzo took the traditional route of one year of college at UCLA before being drafted by the Lakers in 2017. LaMelo made stops in Lithuania, back in American in Ohio and overseas again in Australia before being drafted this fall.

Through it all, the brothers remained close, focused on making sure the time and effort they and their father put in wasn’t for naught.

“Everybody has to find their own way,” Lonzo said. “Obviously, I went the more traditional route. He didn’t but at the end of the day, we both ended up where we wanted to be. Like I say, hard work definitely pays off. No matter who you are, you put your mind to something, you can do it. I really believe that. So, I mean, it worked for me, it worked for him. So that’s what I would tell, you know, kids today growing up as well.

Over the last year-plus, Lonzo has provided LaMelo both a listening ear and guiding light. As Lonzo continued his NBA journey in a new city in New Orleans ahead of last season, LaMelo began his journey to the NBA with a one-season stop in the NBL with the Illawarra Hawks.

Having gone through much of what LaMelo was going through, Lonzo mentored him not just through his first season but in the pre-draft process as well, offering as much insight as he could. While Lonzo said the two haven’t talked as much this season due to the condensed NBA schedule, he said it’s “all love” when the two connect now.

“It’s definitely great,” LaMelo said of being able to learn from Lonzo. “I can learn from his mistakes and just learn from him. He can give me advice. He’s been through it. It’s pretty much like already having the answers to the test.”

LaMelo has passed the test with flying colors so far this season. Through his first eight games off the bench, he’s averaging 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists while shooting 36.1% from three. While Lonzo has struggled with his shot early in the season, he’s still averaging 13.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists and is second on the team in minutes played.

“I think it just shows that all the hard work paid off,” Lonzo said. “We’re really close. We grew up together doing the same thing even though he’s a lot younger than I am. It’s a good thing to see all the hard work pay off that my dad put in with us…and all the hills we were running, all the times we were playing on a court and it ended up getting us both to where we wanted to go.”

A lot has changed in the five years since they last shared the court. Between Lonzo and LaMelo being in the NBA, Big Baller Brand’s flash-in-a-pan success and the family’s reality series on Facebook, the family has global recognition.

But for all that’s changed, the goals have remained the same. After leaning on each other to get to their current spots, there won’t be trash talk on Friday regardless of the result.

The goals and everything always been the same,” LaMelo said. “We know that we were going to go the league and we want to be successful in the league and be Hall of Famers so that’s what we work for now.

“It’s all love. That’s my brother. I mean, we roll together. My pops had us real close. We spent every day together. We talk to each other all the time now. He’s still my brother at the end of the day.”

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LaVar, Lonzo, LaMelo Ball react to LiAngelo signing with Detroit Pistons

LaVar, Lonzo and LaMelo Ball all took to social media to react to LiAngelo signing a one-year, Exhibit 10 deal with the Detroit PIstons.

LiAngelo Ball shocked many around the NBA sphere on Wednesday afternoon by agreeing to a deal with the Detroit Pistons. Ball’s deal is a one-year, non-guaranteed, Exhibit 10 deal that largely operates as a training camp invite with an incentive to sign with the Pistons’ G League franchise when he is waived.

Nonetheless, Ball’s deal means all three of the Ball brothers have signed an NBA contract, another landmark moment for the Ball family. Despite his brashness and abrasiveness, LaVar ultimately saw his end goal reached as each oA, though not on the path he originally promised.

LaVar took to Twitter to show his excitement at the move while also stating that the family isn’t done yet.

Lonzo also immediately responded to the news on Twitter, channeling his inner Joel Embiid.

LaMelo’s reaction came on his Instagram story where he shared a series of pictures and posts.

As noted, LiAngelo will likely ultimately land on the Pistons’ G League affiliate, Grand Rapid Drive, a similar landing spot to where he closed last season. But that doesn’t change the accomplishment the team has made

Onyeka Okongwu looking forward to playing Lonzo, LaMelo Ball in rookie season

After playing together at Chino Hills, Onyeka Okongwu is looking forward to facing both Lonzo and LaMelo Ball in the NBA next season.

While the Ball brothers made history on Wednesday in becoming the first brothers selected in the top-5 in the NBA Draft in the league’s history, both are connected to another top-10 draft pick. Onyeka Okongwu was selected No. 6 by the Atlanta Hawks.

Okongwu played alongside the Ball brothers at Chino Hills, spending one year with Lonzo when the Huskies won the state title and two years with LaMelo before he withdrew from school. Okongwu and LaMelo stayed in touch in the years after Ball left Chino Hills and the group as a whole that won a state title kept in contact. The Ball brothers have been supportive of both Okongwu and the fifth starter on that team Eli Scott, who is entering his senior year at Loyola Marymount.

After being drafted to Atlanta, Okongwu discussed the players he was most looking to face at the next level and his previous teammates’ names came up.

Okongwu will have his chance to play both brothers this season. The NBA’s restricted schedule of just 72 games means that the Hawks will play the Pelicans just once next season. However, Okongwu will have four match-ups against Charlotte, who is a Southeast Division rival.

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‘Ball in the Family’ set to return to Facebook for sixth season on Sunday

After a long break between seasons, the Ball family’s Facebook reality series “Ball in the Family” is set to return on Sunday for its sixth season.

After a long break between seasons, the Ball family’s Facebook reality series “Ball in the Family” is set to return on Sunday for its sixth season. The fifth season came to a close in February and, after a lengthy break, a new season is set to bring back the drama and excitement around the family.

The series will take a look at how close all three brothers are to reaching the NBA as LaMelo goes through his pre-draft process, LiAngelo works his way into the G League and Lonzo plays through his first season in New Orleans.

The on-again, off-again relationship between Lonzo Ball and Denise Garcia will continue to be a theme of the show as their daughter, Zoey, continues to grow. The future of Big Baller Brand also is at the center of the show as LaMelo signs with Puma and Lonzo hints at starting his own company.

The first episode of the series picks the family up after the end of quarantine as Lonzo heads to the NBA’s bubble in Orlando and LaMelo and LiAngelo head to Detroit to begin training for the upcoming season.

The first episode is set to premiere on Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern. Take a look at the trailer for the upcoming season.

Chino Hills teammates talk about historic 2015-16 with Ball brothers

The 2015-16 Chino Hills season remains a memorable and magical one that is only aging better as time passes.

Only recently has the 2015-16 Chino Hills team started to receive more recognition for what was a truly historic season. While the team certainly received plaudits in the moment and the immediate aftermath of their season, the season has aged tremendously as more and more members of that starting lineup near the NBA.

The Ball brothers were the surest candidates to earn spots in the NBA and two of three will fulfill that in Lonzo and LaMelo Ball. The only of the trio not to appear in an NBA game, LiAngelo, latched onto a G League team just prior to the season being canceled.

Onyeka Okongwu is set to join LaMelo as incoming rookies from the 2020 NBA Draft class. Eli Scott, the oft-forgotten fifth member of that starting lineup, has carved out a role at Loyola Marymount, has an outside shot at an NBA job if he can finish his senior season strong.

NOLA.com’s Christian Clark recently profiled the team with some voices not often heard from. While the likes of Lonzo, LaMelo, LaVar and Okongwu have all talked about that season in some regard in the past, Clark spoke with Scott, head coach Steve Baik and Eric Sondheimer, who covered the team and the high school basketball landscape in Los Angeles for the LA Times.

The story as a whole provided one of the longest looks behind the curtain of the team that season and is a must-read. One of the most memorable quotes, though, came from Baik when describing what made the team and season so special.

“Nobody knew about Chino Hills. Now it’s like an international phenomenon. We were so proud that we were able to do that. So proud that we were neighborhood kids. So proud that we were a public school and came from a no-name town. There were so many stories within. It’s just really, really cool. It should be a movie one day.”

Honestly, it’s more than a little surprising LaVar hasn’t proposed a movie of the season to Hollywood execs. Maybe the demand of playing himself in the movie, something he almost assuredly has in any contract, is not something directors want to sea with.

Nonetheless, both Clark’s story and that of the Chino Hills team as a whole is a fascinating one that is only going to look better and better with time.

Roc Nation officially announces signing of Lonzo, LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball

Roc Nation Sports officially announced the signing of Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball on Monday.

On Monday morning, Roc Nation Sports officially announced the signing of Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball. The family reportedly chose to sign with the Jay-Z-founded agency in late April. Though it wasn’t confirmed, LaVar Ball’s slew of comments in the aftermath seemed to provide all the confirmation needed.

The Ball family has bounced from agency to agency in recent years. After Lonzo parted ways with Harrison Gaines, the family signed with Creative Artists Agency and were reportedly represented by Leon Rose, former agent of LeBron James. Rose’s appointment as president of the New York Knicks paved the way for the family to depart once again.

While LaVar admitted to considering signing with Klutch Sports, the family ultimately made the move to join Roc Nation Sports. Raymond Brothers will also reportedly represent the family.

Brothers will have some important hurdles and decisions to navigate in the coming months. LaMelo is set to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. Lonzo, meanwhile, can begin negotiating a contract extension with the Pelicans in the off-season.

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Ball family to resume construction of personal, private basketball facility

After being forced to stop construction due to a lack of permits, the Ball family will continue building a private basketball facility.

The Ball family was informed earlier this month that construction on its personal basketball facility could continue with some stipulations. Originally under construction without permits, the family was granted permission to continue building the facility by the Chino Hills Planning Commission during a May 5 meeting with the provision that the building not be used for commercial use.

The location of the personal gymnasium is where a tennis court used to be on the property. While tearing down the tennis courts without permits was acceptable, building a new facility was not. Construction on the new building had begun with the placing of footings and slabs before the family was forced to stop.

After being supplied with building blueprints, a precise grading permit and a soils report, the committee allowed the family to continue construction.

During the meeting, Steven Woods, who represented the family at the meeting, informed the commission that the building would be used for the brothers to workout “without getting mobbed.”

He also revealed that, like many other aspects of the family’s lives, the construction of the building was disorganized and led to many of the problems.

“This was a mess two years ago and you guys came in and saved the family,” Woods said. “The Ball family had a contractor they had to fire and now they’re on track.”

Another interesting takeaway from the meeting was the reveal that Lonzo Ball was the property owner of the 16,755 square feet of land that includes the family’s three-story mansion,

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