According to a statement from the Los Angeles Lakers, the organization has decided they will shut down LeBron for the final six games of the season. With the team being out of playoff contention, the organization decided it was in both their’s and LeBron’s best interests to shutdown the superstar for the rest of the season. During the 2018-2019 season, James averaged 27.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg, and 8.3 assist per game in a Lakers’ jersey.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Chicago Bulls are officially shutting down forward Lauri Markkanen for the season. The team reportedly decided to shut the young star down after he experienced “extreme fatigue” after Tuesday night’s game versus the Toronto Raptors. League sources also reported that Markkanen stayed in Toronto overnight to be evaluated by team doctors and physicians from a local hospital. When asked about Markkanen’s fatigue, Bulls’ HC Jim Boylen told media that the second-year player was “feeling a little sluggish” after several hard practices had caught up with him.
According to multiple reports, the Golden State Warriors have decided to suspend Jordan Bell for 1 game after the organization found him involved in conduct detrimental to the team. While no reports have surfaced as to what led the team to suspend Bell, both parties involved will seemingly handle this in-house. No further information on the subject is available at this time.
Several days after suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in recent basketball memory, veteran big-man Jusuf Nurkic finally received some good news from doctors on Tuesday.
— BH live (@BHlive_official) March 26, 2019
Doctors officially informed the Portland Trailblazers and Nurkic that no nerve or muscle damage had been sustained during his horrific injury. The Bosnia-native also underwent a successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the compound fractures he suffered on his left leg. In a press statement, the team announced that Nurkic is out indefinitely and is expected to make a full recovery.
Before he suffered his season-ending injury, Nurkic was having a career year, averaging career-highs in almost every category. The 24-year-old 7-footer was averaging 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the 2018-2019 season. The team will likely need big-men like Zach Collins and Enes Kanter to step-up into Nurkic’s role and give the Trailblazers good production down low.
According to multiple reports, Pelicans’ guard Jrue Holiday is done for the season after having surgery performed to repair a core muscle injury. The veteran guard was averaging 21.2 points, 7.7 assists, and 5 rebounds per game before coming down with the injury.
During the second overtime of the Portland Trailblazers’ 144-148 double-overtime win versus the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, veteran big-man Jusuf Nukic suffered what appears to be a season ending leg injury.
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) March 26, 2019
Late Monday night, the Portland Trailblazers told reporters that Nurkic had suffered multiple compound fractures in his lower left leg. The Bosnian-native was jumping for a rebound when he landed awkwardly on several Nets’ players, which caused him to suffer the gruesome injury. Nurkic left the game on a stretcher with the help of several Blazers’ players and was transported to a local hospital.
According to inside sources, the Ball family has had discussions about nixing their company, the Big Baller Brand, after reports surfaced earlier in the week stating that the company’s co-founder Alan Foster allegedly played a role in stealing $1.5 million dollars out of Lonzo Ball’s personal and business accounts. The Big Baller Brand has already made headlines this week after a report surfaced saying that the Lakers may ask the company to make changes to Lonzo’s signature shoes, after concerns were raised stating that the design of the shoes may have played a role in the young point guard’s ankle injuries during the team’s 2018-2019 campaign. According to sources close to the situation, the Ball family is looking at closing the company and several other business dealings in order to completely sever all ties with Alan Foster.
Lonzo Ball has severed ties with BBB co-founder, Alan Foster, after reports that he has allegedly been unable to account for roughly $1.5M from Ball’s business accounts, per @ramonashelburne, @pinepaula & @malika_andrews pic.twitter.com/lwsYkNRAD3
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 22, 2019
The Ball family reportedly learned about the missing money last fall after one of Lonzo’s financial advisors couldn’t complete a tax form because $1.5 million dollars was missing. This news comes just hours after Lonzo’s private Instagram account posted a photo which featured Ball in a Lakers’ uniform with a well-known Nike slogan beside of him. According to Bleacher Report, Lonzo’s manager recently posted a video in which he dumped a pair of ZO2s (Lonzo’s signature shoes) in a trash collection bin. The video also featured a caption which said “#dumpurmerch.”
Lonzo Ball’s manager posted himself throwing some BBB shoes in the trash 🚮👀 pic.twitter.com/U38UDNYMJJ
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 25, 2019
Ball recently told ESPN that he believes that Foster, who had been a personal friend to Lonzo’s father for more than a decade, had “used his access to my business and personal finances to enrich himself. As a result, I have decided to sever all ties with Alan, effective immediately.”
— Matthew Moreno (@MMoreno1015) March 24, 2019
According to ESPN, this is not the first time Foster has been involved in criminal activity. In 2002, Foster was sentenced to just over seven years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud and two counts of money laundering. Foster’s crimes where part of a scheme that defrauded 70 investors of $4 million. In that case, Foster was ordered to pay $3.7 million in restitution to the victims of his crimes. Currently, Foster owns 16.3% of the Big Baller Brand.