EL SEGUNDO — By the end of Thursday’s training camp session, Lonzo Ball felt fatigued. But he was more focused on what he didn’t feel.Pain.For the first time this season, Ball, the 20-year-old second-year point guard felt healthy enough to go through an entire practice. Since a knee injury that ended his rookie year prematurely and led to offseason surgery for a torn meniscus, Ball has been sidelined and limited from full competition.While he’s not likely to take the floor in Sunday’s preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets, getting back into a full practice felt like a significant step in the right direction after months of restrictions. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years During one offseason pick-up game after hitting several consecutive 3-pointers, he drew effusive praise from President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson (“Oh my goodness, this boy here. Wow.”). Teammate Brandon Ingram said “he can shoot the damn basketball.” James’ comments Thursday might’ve been the most glowing yet.“He doesn’t say anything and he works his butt off,” he said. “He puts in his work. … But he can shoot the peel off the ball, man, and it’s going to be very good for our ballclub, no matter if it’s to start the season or whenever. If he ever gets his number called, when he gets his number called, he’ll be ready because he just loves what he does.”JAMES WILL PLAY IN PRESEASON OPENERWhile it seems unlikely Ball will see action Sunday, James will, Walton confirmed after practice. The 33-year-old forward is not expected to play close to a full game, but he’ll see the floor in San Diego.“We talked about it a little bit today, so we’ll get him out there on Sunday and see how much he plays and it will be determined later but he’ll get out there and play on Sunday,” Walton said. “He will not play 48 (minutes). It will be more than one and less than 48.”Related Articles Ball acknowledged he was “rusty,” throwing some of his characteristic pin-point passes slightly off-target. But Walton was complimentary of what he saw from Ball.“He looked really good,” he said. “It was good to see him out there cutting and making his reads and his passes.”In the first two days of camp, Ball said it was up to him to tell the staff if he was ready to fully participate. Recently he had some swelling in his knee, but this week, he said, the inflammation has been down and he hasn’t been in pain, even when working on his cuts and change of direction motions.It was the first time Ball shared the court with new teammate LeBron James, one of his idols growing up. But he said he wasn’t intimidated by the experience.“I am never nervous,” Ball quipped good-naturedly. “I mean, he is just another person at the end of the day. He’s not God.”MYKHAILIUK TURNING HEADSWhile the media viewing portion of practice tends to be after the true action, there is at least one event cameras have begun lining up for: Svi Mykhailiuk’s 3-point shooting.The rookie out of Kansas has been remarkably consistent at the end of practices from the 3-point line, hitting 20 straight shots during one segment on Wednesday afternoon. A 44-percent 3-point shooter as a college senior, Mykhailiuk had a reputation as one of the draft’s best shooters – one which has only been bolstered as the Lakers have watched him throughout the week. The Lakers went through what Luke Walton called “a controlled scrimmage” on the third day of training camp, installing more offense. He said the effort was good, but the execution was not as sharp – as the team continues to figure itself out, he called some of the practice “sloppy.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Did the whole practice. Did everything today,” he said. “Obviously I was a little tired but had to get back.”
LAS VEGAS — Two-division women’s champion Amanda Nunes took great exception to teammate Colby Covington calling her home country of Brazil a “dump” and her fellow countrymen “filthy animals” during his post-fight interview after he defeated Demian Maia in 2017. Either way, there’s certainly something about this situation with Covington that doesn’t sit right with Nunes. It’s just that she has zero interest in putting any energy into the situation and would prefer for the universe to deal with her teammate when the time comes. “He’s an adult and knows what he says,” Nunes said. “I don’t see myself at any time — and maybe even never — talking to him about the things that he has said. It was the past, and that’s on him.”If he has to pay for what he has said, then life is going to make him pay.” Two years have passed since then, and as Nunes prepares to defend her bantamweight title on the same UFC card that will feature Covington challenging for the welterweight title, she revealed to Sporting News that those broken fences between teammates have yet to be mended.And she has no interest in doing so.”Like, why?” Nunes asked Sporting News when it was suggested that the teammates should have a conversation at some point. “Why do I need to talk to him? This isn’t a big deal to me anymore. I don’t need to have anything to do with Colby and the things he says.”Covington has caused some division at American Top Team with his divisive character that demonstrates undying support for President Donald Trump while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and routinely disparaging others with his often crude trash talk. Considering that ATT is composed of a diverse group of fighters, it is no surprise that Covington would rub his teammates the wrong way.MORE: Watch Bellator MMA and more than 100 fight nights a year on DAZNSome have gone on record with their distaste for Covington’s tactics, but Nunes has remained relatively mum on the subject. And whether or not his words have affected her, Nunes doesn’t see a need to approach Covington.Despite both fighters calling American Top Team home, Nunes said that she rarely, if ever, crossed paths with Covington during her tenure at ATT. She doesn’t foresee that changing, even if both come out victorious on Saturday night and bring UFC titles back to the gym.”We don’t even see each other in the gym,” Nunes said. “We have a huge team with completely different schedules. Whatever goes on is between him, the gym and the coach. It has nothing to do with me.”This is not a big thing for me. I do what I do, and he does what he does.”You can hear a slight annoyance in Nunes’ voice when it comes to the topic of Covington. It could stem from her teammate’s actions, or it could simply be something she prefers not to address ahead of her UFC 245 bantamweight title defense against Germaine De Randamie.