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first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite It’s final: PBA veteran superstars to beef up Gilas in Fiba Asia in Lebanon IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass the ball as he drives against Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks during a semifinal game of the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 108-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLonzo Ball seems to be just what the Lakers needed.Yes, it’s only summer league, but Los Angeles is mired in a playoff drought and in much need of some excitement. Enter the No. 2 pick in the draft.ADVERTISEMENT The circus atmosphere off the court somewhat overshadows what Ball has done on the court.Ball has been impressive with is play-making skills.It all makes the 6-foot-6 Ball seem like an ideal for La La Land.He grew up in the suburb of Chino Hills and the City of Angels is used to big point guards with next level passing ability. Fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma has averaged 20.5 points per game in large part due to Ball’s pinpoint passes.Magic Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, immediately laid out his expectations after drafting Ball — for the rookie’s number to hang from the Staples Center rafters. And the former UCLA star is making the architect of Showtime and owner of five championship rings look like a soothsayer.“Passing translates, I don’t care what level you’re on,” Johnson told Lakers.com. “Lakers fans are thirsty. … This team will be exciting and it starts with that point guard position. ”Lakers fans in Vegas are all on board for the Ball era.“I like the idea the Balls are taking control of their own lives and trying to start their own brand and do things their way,” said Mark Appelbaum, 51, who sat courtside in a Kobe Bryant high school jersey. “It’s brought life and excitement back to the Lakers because Lonzo brings life and excitement with the way he plays.“I don’t look at it as being brash I look at it as being confident. … I think it’s funny that people are making a big deal about it, he’s just doing what he wants.” Ball has created a buzz around the Los Angeles franchise — on and off the court.He has averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds in six summer league games in Las Vegas. The California native with Showtime-like flair has two triple-doubles and four double-digit assist games while leading the team to Monday night’s championship game. He will miss the final contest with a mild calf strain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’His absence Monday is almost throwaway line in the final chapter of Ball’s summer league story.The 19-year-old Ball made more headlines wearing different brands of sneakers each game. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “All press is good press, technically,” Finish Line content manager and creative strategist Brandon Edler said. “Just the fact that we continue to talk about their every single move is amazing for their brand. … Maybe his dad is just on a completely different level and he’s sitting there thinking, ‘Maybe this isn’t a great way to sell the shoe, but we’ve got everybody talking about us and every time somebody’s talking about us, that’s great for Big Baller Brand.’”Ball and his boisterous father, LaVar, just might be marketing geniuses with how they’ve kept his sneaker choice as headline news despite turning down lucrative offers from the major brands.The sneaker rotation is clearly a deliberate plan and LaVar continues to tell people he’s asking for a huge deal with one of the major companies.Many have criticized the hype machine and multiple summer league players have said they wouldn’t wear the brand. But those same players were supportive, even envious, of the concept of having their own independent fashion and sneaker line.The Ball method is certainly unconventional. Rarely does someone promote their own brand by featuring products from other companies. But Lonzo said that’s part of the Big Baller Brand — having the independence to do what one wants.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgArnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday said building a 700-mile wall along the border with Mexico to deter illegal immigration would amount to “going back to the Stone ages,” and urged the federal government to use high-tech gear and more patrols to secure the nation’s southern boundary. “We are landing men on the moon and in outer space using all these great things. I think that other technology really can secure the borders,” the Republican governor said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” “If I say now, Yes, let’s build the wall,’ what would prevent you from building a tunnel? How many tunnels have been built in these last 10 years? I mean, we’ve detected tunnels left and right that people can drive trucks through,” he added. The comments were Schwarzenegger’s most detailed to date on the border wall proposal, which was included in legislation enacted in the U.S. House of Representatives. Schwarzenegger has said previously that fences might be appropriate in some areas, but raised doubts about the effectiveness of a wall snaking along the border. Speaking on ABC, the governor said, “I think that it will be ludicrous to limit yourself to just building a wall. We’re going back to the Stone ages here.” Schwarzenegger said relying on a wall as the only means to stop illegal immigration was “crazy.” But at other points he spoke more broadly in opposition to the proposal, on practical and symbolic terms. He alluded to the Berlin Wall, suggesting that such a structure on the U.S. border would send the wrong message to Mexico, “our friends … our trading partners.” “We can’t do that, either,” the governor said. Schwarzenegger, a native of Austria, also repeated his opposition to amnesty for illegal immigrants, but provided few specifics of what requirements an illegal immigrant would have to meet to achieve legal status in the United States. “I think we should give them a chance for redemption,” he said. He also said it’s unrealistic to consider uprooting or driving out the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. “It would cost $500 billion. Who’s going to pay for that?” he asked. Schwarzenegger immigrated to the United States in 1968 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1984, but has retained his Austrian citizenship. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more