Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons take shots at the Ball family following Lakers draft selection

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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:

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



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