Oct 11, 2019

L.A. high school team with sons of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James holds NBA-style media days

Los Angeles-area Sierra Canyon High School's basketball team tours Dwyane Wade's son, Zaire, as a senior and LeBron James' son, Bronny, as a freshman. They also have 2 five-star recruits and a seven-foot-two-inch center from China — along with an NBA-style media day.

Why it matters: High school basketball teams don't normally hold media days. Then again, the children of NBA legends don't normally team up in high school — so nothing about this is normal.

  • Arash Markazi of the L.A. Times called Sierra Canyon High "Los Angeles' third-most interesting basketball team" after the Lakers and Clippers.

The big picture: Just like in the NBA, there are now "super teams" in high school. And, just like in the NBA, the best high school players have large social followings and function as their own brands/media companies.

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Los Angeles is now the center of the NBA universe

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It's been eight years since a team other than the Warriors or Spurs won the Western Conference. That's bound to change this season — and two of the teams that will be battling for supremacy play in the same city.

The big picture: While title contenders are only just now returning to Los Angeles, it's been the center of the NBA universe for a while now.

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NBA suspends media availabilities for rest of its China trip

The NBA flagship store in Beijing. Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The NBA cancelled all media availabilities for the rest of its China trip ahead of this weekend's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shenzhen, reports ESPN.

"We have decided not to hold media availability for our teams for the remainder of our trip in China. They have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time."
— The NBA's official statement, per ESPN
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Top high school basketball players choose to play in Australia over college

LaMelo Ball (L) and RJ Hampton (R). Photo: Kelly Defina/Getty Images

While the majority of America's top high school talent chose to spend the year in college where they will earn $0 in wages, LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton chose to spend the year in Australia's National Basketball League where they will earn $68,400 each in wages.

What they're saying: Ball was unlikely to be NCAA eligible anyway after playing professionally in Lithuania, but Hampton had full eligibility — he simply chose the path he thought would best prepare him for the NBA.

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