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NBA stars LeBron James (left) and LaMelo Ball (right) suffered serious injuries in NBA games over the weekend.
James suffered a high ankle injury during this weekend's Lakers loss to the Atlanta Hawks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The 36-year-old forward injured his ankle when Hawks forward Solomon Hill fell on top of him as he tried to secure a loose ball on the court.
James screamed out in agony, but he stayed in the game and scored a 3-pointer before throwing a chair and hobbling to the locker room.
An MRI confirmed a high ankle sprain. James' injury opens the door for Trail Blazers superstar Damian Dillard to win this season's MVP award.
The Lakers are without their two superstars after losing forward Anthony Davis to a calf strain in his right leg.
In other NBA injury news, Charlotte Hornets rookie guard LaMelo Ball will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his wrist on Saturday.
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Ball #2 of the Hornets fractured his right wrist on this play as his shot was defended by Nicolas Batum #33 of the LA Clippers during the second quarter at the Staples Center.
The 19-year-old guard, who was expected to win Rookie of the Year, averaged 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.
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LaVar Ball gave his youngest son LaMelo a father-son pep talk about meeting groupies in the NBA.
LaVar warned his son that he will never meet a good, clean Christian woman during his NBA career.
He cautioned LaMelo about the trappings of success - and the traps that groupies set for rich young players like him.
"You'll never meet a good girl during your NBA career," LaVar said. "I hate to tell you, you gonna meet a h*e!"
LaVar made the statements during an appearance on the BroBible Endless Hustle podcast.
He told his son that most groupies will pretend they don't know who he is. But groupies always do their homework before meeting their prospective baby daddies.
"They know about you before you even get there. So, son, that's the bad part of the life you gon' get is you never gon' meet a good woman."
LaVar told his son that even if he meets a 30-year-old woman:
"You got to wonder why she's by herself at 30. There's something that's dangerous no matter how good they look. But, have a good time son. I feel bad for you, but hey, I love the fact you made it."
LaVar Ball continues to make enemies within the L.A. Lakers organization, even as he coaches his other sons' Lithuanian team across the pond. LaVar, who coaches his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo in Lithuania, reportedly told Lithuanian media that he will pull his son Lonzo Ball away from the Lakers (and presumably sign him to the Lithuanian team), if the Lakers don't acquire LiAngelo and LaMelo.
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Sports fans are still shaking their heads over the news that NBA hopefuls LaMelo Ball, 16, and LiAngelo Ball, 18, will play for a pro basketball team all the way in Lithuania, a country in Europe.
Bleacherreport.com writer David Pick detailed the meager life awaiting the Ball brothers in an article titled "What Are LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball Getting Themselves into in Lithuania?"
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Sports dad LaVar Ball is shipping his sons LiAngelo, left, and LaMelo off to Lithunia to play for a pro basketball team. LaVar announced the decision on Instagram.com last night.
"LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are Officially Professional Basketball Players," he wrote under images of his sons signing pro contracts.
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LaMelo Ball, pictured left, and LiAngelo Ball, center, are considering going overseas to play professional basketball after their father, LaVar Ball, right, screwed up their chances of ever playing in the NBA.
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