Monday, December 4, 2017

Is Lonzo Ball trash at basketball ?





Brick by brick, Lonzo Ball is tearing down the sky-high expectations set by his father and tearing apart Laker Nation. Through the first month and a half of the NBA season, Ball has looked more Le’Bryan Nash than Steve Nash, shooting an abysmal 31.5% from the field and 25.7% from beyond the arc. If it holds, that 31.5% number would be the lowest field goal percentage for any player taking more than 10 shots a game since Woody Sauldsberry in 1961. Ball’s 3-point percentage would be the lowest ever for a player attempting at least the 4.9 triples he takes per game.

It’s all a bit perplexing. Many expected the rookie point guard to struggle with the speed and physicality of the NBA game, but making shots was something Ball never had difficulty doing until now. In his lone season at UCLA, he shot 55.1% from the floor and 41.2% from 3-point range, often pulling up off the dribble from well beyond NBA distance. The chest-release form on his jump shot was a very real concern coming into the league, but that worry had more to do with his ability to create his own looks than his ability to hit shots. Of the 103 threes he’s taken this year, only nine have come with a defender within four feet of him; he’s made three of those shots. And on the remaining 94 open threes he’s attempted he’s converted at an even worse clip, 25.5%.

His raw stats have been solid—9.0 points, 7.2 assists, and 7.0 rebounds with only 2.6 turnovers a night. And in a handful of games he’s shown glimpses of the Lonzo Ball we all loved watching with the Bruins last season, including two triple-double performances. While his historic inefficiency as a scorer has negated a lot of the benefits he’s brought the Lakers in other aspects of the game, his ability as a playmaker and floor general makes him a slight net positive for the Lakers in terms of win shares (+0.2) and value over replacement player (+0.2). A more bullish take on Ball can be found in a statistic called expected wins created by analytics guru and current editor in chief of cleaningtheglass.com Ben Falk. His formula indicates that Ball makes the Lakers play at the level of a 37-win team when he’s on the floor versus a projected win total of 35 when he’s on the bench.

So if Ball, despite all his struggles so far this year, is still contributing useful minutes to the Lakers, what does that say about his future in the NBA?
The reality of the situation is that Lonzo Ball’s shooting woes are bound to improve, even if he never becomes the shot creator and finisher some hoped he could be. Even if he simply raised his shooting percentage on open threes from 25.5% up to the league average of 37.1%, that alone would increase his scoring average from 9.0 to 10.5 points per game and improve his shooting splits to 39.7% from the floor and 36.9% from beyond the arc. And the expectation based on his college production is that Ball will eventually be an above-average three-point shooter when left unguarded.

To respond to the question posed in the headline of this article, the answer is yes and no. As controversial as Ball is as a public figure, his game is even more polarizing. As a scorer, he’s so far been one of the worst to ever don an NBA uniform. But as a playmaker, he’s posted assist and turnover numbers similar to those of Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, and Tim Hardaway as rookies. Projecting ahead, Lakers fans should be much more confident in Ball remembering how to shoot again than they should be worried that the obvious strengths in his game will atrophy.

Monday, November 27, 2017

SOOOO Cardi B Just Flashing Her Titties Now (NSFW)



Cardi B is running hip hop right now. The female rapper is without a doubt the biggest thing in the industry. Celebrating the success of her smash hit single “Bodak Yellow” going 3x’s platinum. Cardi was spotted out at a strip club and in the club she pulled her shirt up and showed the fans her Titties nipple and all.

A lot of fans love Cardi most for her realness and unfiltered ratchet ways. Check the video below and tell us what you think






Tuesday, November 14, 2017

XXXTentacion says he was assaulted by Migos outside of his hotel in Los Angeles.






XXXTentacion says he was assaulted by Migos outside of his hotel in Los Angeles.

The Florida rapper made the claims Monday night on Instagram, stating the trio had jumped him and pulled out a gun. XXX claims he was with his girlfriend and a friend during the incident.

“They jumped me […] Nobody gave the respect of a one-on-one,” he says in the video. “[…] I’m just letting y’all know for now that I’m a man before anything, and I’m gonna take my fucking ass-beating like a man, nigga, and I’m gonna carry myself like a man. This shit don’t affect me, and you niggas gonna lose money [for] fucking with me.”

You can see in the video that XXX sustained several injuries to his face; however, the Florida rapper says he was surprised Migos didn't do more damage considering all the shit-talking he did.

“After all the shit I’ve been talking, how the fuck you ain’t shoot me?” he says. “[…] He was scared to fight me one-on-one. These niggas were scared to fight me! Y’all niggas like 35! I ain’t mad because I got 35-year-olds afraid to fight me […] Migos just gave me free clout.”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Report: LiAngelo Ball Among UCLA Players Arrested for Shoplifting in China



Three members of the UCLA Bruins basketball team were arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting, ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday.

LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, is reportedly among the UCLA players facing legal trouble. According to Goodman, Chinese authorities also arrested freshman forward Cody Riley and freshman forward Jalen Hill. 

The arrests come a little over three days before the Bruins open their season against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday in Shanghai, China.



The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ken Sugiura reported Chinese police also questioned three players from the Yellow Jackets before releasing them. Authorities also searched the UCLA team bus and ordered the Bruins players to return to the hotel.

"We are aware of the matter involving UCLA student-athletes and we are gathering more information," UCLA spokesman Alex Timiraos said in a statement provided to Sugiura.

Ball played 16 minutes and scored 11 points in UCLA's exhibition victory over Cal State Los Angeles on Nov. 1. Riley also played 18 minutes in the 111-80 win, coming off the bench to finish with eight points, five rebounds and three assists.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Lonzo Ball Is Selling Shirts With His Face On Nas’ ‘It Was Written’ Cover




The basketball rookie debuted the t-shirt as part of his new ZO2 apparel collection.


Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball isn’t changing his opinion about Nas any time soon. After stating that no one listens to the legendary rapper on the season premiere of his family’s Facebook reality show in August, the basketball rookie later doubled down on the comment by claiming that Future and Migos are what’s “real hip-hop” right now. This weekend at ComplexCon, Ball took his opinion a step further by officially debuting a t-shirt with his face superimposed on Nas' It Was Written cover as part of his new ZO2 apparel collection.

The t-shirt first made an appearance on Ball’s Instagram account last month, where it was worn by his manager, Darren Moore.




The It Was Written cover is an updated version of the highly influential artwork for Nas' debut album, Illmatic. As pointed out by Art Genius, Illmatic featured a photo of him as a kid, taken by his father Olu Dara when he returned from an overseas tour, superimposed over a backdrop of a New York city block. The It Was Written cover had a similar concept but featured Nas as an adult.

According to Nas' manager, the Queensbridge rapper was unbothered by Ball’s initial comments. Perhaps the t-shirt will change his mind.

The next step in their rivalry would be for Ball to take it to the recording booth, but even the fledgeling athlete/rapper is probably aware of Nas' infamous diss track, “Ether.”



PRAY For MEEK MILL Because 'He's Going To Jail Now" 2-4 Years



Rapper Meek Mill has been sentenced to prison for a minimum of two years for violating probation.

The ex-boyfriend of Nicki Minaj was spotted arriving at a Philadelphia court on Monday before a judge ruled that he violated multiple provisions of his probation, according to Philly.com

A rep for Mill, 30, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.

His sentence comes after Mill — born Robert Rihmeek William — was arrested twice this year.
Explaining why she was imposing a jail term that could be up to four years, Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley, recounted the numerous chances she had given Mill.

“[You are] just thumbing your nose at me,” the judge said, according to Philly.com.

The judge continued, saying that once Mill was in prison, “I’ll be done with you.”

The musician was then immediately handcuffed and taken from the court, Philly.com reports.

PEOPLE confirmed in August that was charged with reckless endangerment in New York City. He later plead guilty to reckless driving.

Months earlier, in March, he was charged with misdemeanor assault after an altercation with employees at St. Louis International Airport. The charges were dropped after he agreed to perform community service.

Despite the charges being dropped the judge – who has been dealing with Mill for years – ruled it still counted as as violating his parole.

The star was previously in jail for eight months and on probation due to a 2008 conviction for gun and drug charges. Then eight years later, in 2016, Mill was placed under 90 days of house arrest for violating probation due to unapproved travel.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Show TuFli Pays Homage To Harlem Rap On New EP, R.A.W.





“This project is a culmination of correcting not only myself, but hopefully putting N.Y. music on the right path.”

Harlem rapper Show TuFli wants to put New York rap back on the map by nodding to its heritage. On his new 10-track project, R.A.W (Right All Wrongs), TuFli pays homage to the influence of Harlem rap — Cam'ron and The Diplomats, Vado, and Dave East — with flashy lyrics and murky storytelling over slow-tempo, soul sampled production. The up-and-coming rapper tells stories of his early brushes with success and fame, while also acknowledging the hardships of coming up in Harlem.


"The past year I've had the opportunity to go through a lot — both right and wrong," he told The FADER over email. "I've seen right and wrongs in my city, and seen some right and wrongs in myself. This project is a culmination of correcting not only myself, but hopefully putting N.Y. music on the right path." Listen in full below.

XXXTENTACION CLAIMS HE’S TERMINATING HIS DEAL WITH CAPITOL RECORDS



About a week ago, it was reported that XXXTentacion had signed a multi-million-dollar record deal with Capitol Records. Now, he's saying he's going to terminate it, and we shouldn't be expecting new tracks from him any time soon.

"I am not a signed artist, and I will not be releasing music for a very long time, I’m tired of this shit," he wrote in one part of his Instagram story.

While the specifics of X's deal have been debated, it appears his arrangement with Capitol Records was actually one with their Caroline label, which was going to distribute releases from X's Bad Vibes Forever imprint. But now it looks like that may not happen.


This isn't the first time X has announced a rap game sabbatical. Back in July, the rapper used social media to tell fans he was, for a time, saying peace to the game. "I'm going to disappear for a little while," he said in a cryptic post. "I love you all."
The rapper had been assaulted in concert the last time he claimed he was leaving the music scene alone for a while, Of course, X came back with his 17 album in August, so no one had to wait too long for new music. His upcoming domestic abuse trial is scheduled to start in December.

Take a look at XXXTentacion's Instagram story below.

Drake Wont Submit More Life For Grammy Considerations/Nominations


This year’s ceremony could be ’More Life’-less.


The 2018 Grammys Awards are just around the corner, but there’s one huge album that may not be represented. According to a report from the Associated Press, Drake declined to submit his March playlist More Life for consideration in the categories of Album of the Year or Best Rap Album. The AP source also noted that he didn’t submit any of More Life’s tracks for categories like Song of the Year, Record of the Year, or Best Rap Song.

Although he hasn’t spoken out about the decision yet, Drake expressed his frustration with the awards process in an interview with DJ Semtex back in February. “I don’t even want them,” Drake said about his pair of 2017 Grammys for "Hotline Bling.” “It just feels weird, it doesn’t even feel right to me. I almost feel alienated… I’m a black artist, I’m apparently a rapper, even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song. The only category that they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black."

He also declined to appear at the 2017 show, joining artists like Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean, the latter of whom didn’t submit Blonde or Endless for consideration, either.


Drake has previously won three Grammys: Best Rap Album for Take Care and the aforementioned Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap song awards for “Hotline Bling.” He has 35 total nominations throughout his career.

More Life is one of the most successful projects of 2017, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and eventually going double-Platinum. It spawned Billboard Hot 100 hits like “Passionfruit,” “Fake Love,” and “Portland” featuring Travis Scott and Quavo. Although it would have faced a strong challenge in the rap categories from Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., More Life seemed likely to pick up at least a few nominations had Drake submitted it for consideration.

This year’s Grammy Awards nominees will be announced on November 28


Listen To More Life Here : https://open.spotify.com/user/drake/playlist/2gEzAOf6gi1SvJzRy3cpfg

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lonzo Ball Debuts ZO2 Prime Remix for throwback Night against John Wall


New ZO2 Prime Remix for throwback night in LA.



Prior to today, the re-designed Big Baller Brand ZO2 Prime Remix had only been seen in the black and gold launch colorway. However, with the Lakers breaking out their MPLS throwback uniforms for the first time in 15 years, Lonzo Ball decided to debut a new colorway.

The latest ZO2 Prime Remix is white-based, with gold BBB branding and a black carbon fiber heel counter. Unlike the black colorway of the $495 sneaker, this pair isn't yet available to purchase on bigballerbrand.com, but that could very well change in the near future.