It took about as long as one of Lonzo Ball‘s deft, cross-court passes for NBA players to start licking their chops at the prospect of taking the Ball family down a peg.
Not too long after the Los Angeles Lakers took Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft — and after his father, LaVar, declared to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that the Lakers would be playoff-bound in 2018 — Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons subtweeted some thinly veiled shots at the father-son duo:
— Ben Simmons (@BenSimmons25) June 22, 2017
Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.. https://t.co/cMvt5RYiSQ
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 22, 2017
Asked on a conference call with Los Angeles media about Embiid’s tweet, Lonzo said, “That’s funny.“
The NBA’s 2017-18 regular-season schedule won’t be released until August, but suffice to say, the first Sixers-Lakers matchup between Ball and Philly’s No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will be appointment viewing.
— Brendan C. Hall