Top 3 NBA headlines for Oct. 29


Nam Y. Huh | Associated Press

Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball drives against the Detroit Pistons during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. The Bulls won 97-82.

By Waleed Alamleh , Sports Reporter

Ball brothers dominating the East 

LaVar Ball has been preaching since 2016 how he had not one but two sons that were going to take over the NBA for years. Five years later, that time has finally come. Point guards, Lonzo and Lamelo Ball, have both helped turn around their respective franchises.

Lonzo, who just signed a four-year, $85 million contract with the Chicago Bulls, has had an amazing impact alongside Zach Lavine and Demar Derozan. Lonzo is averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. The eldest Ball is shooting a career best 43% from three to help lead the Bulls to a league-best 4-0 record. In just his second season, LaMelo Ball is matching his brother’s play. Lamelo averages 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 4-1 start, second best in the East. 

New look Lakers struggling to start season 

The Los Angeles Lakers’ early season struggles seem like a sign of things to come after a flurry of questionable off-season moves. The Lakers’ struggle came at a bad time with superstar Lebron James already sitting out a couple of games. The main concern has to be the erratic play of point guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has six turnovers a game, second most in the NBA, according to The Lakers hit an early season low in their last game when it blew a 26 point lead to the winless Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook had 10 turnovers in the game and took an ill-advised three in the fourth quarter to tie the game, missing badly.

Two more newly acquired Lakers would get a chance to tie it. Both guard Malik Monk and forward Carmelo Anthony airballed chances to close the game out. 

NBA’s 75th Anniversary list has obvious snubs 

The NBA celebrated its 75th anniversary the same way it did the 50th. By releasing a list of its best players to ever come across the league. The 75th-anniversary team was selected by a panel of media members, current and former players, coaches and team executives.

The list has generated some controversy and debate around the NBA world over some of the names left off the list. The biggest snub might go  center Dwight Howard; many seem to forget the number of accolades he received with the Orlando Magic and early Lakers career. Howard is an eight-time All-Star, five time All-NBA First Team, and he’s a Three-Time Defensive Player of the year winner.