The Ball family had the Staples Center crowd buzzing Monday night after their unforgettable appearance with The Miz on WWE Raw, the latest instance in a long and storied history of figures from the professional sports world dusting it up in the squared circle.
The intertwining of professional athletes and professional wrestling goes back decades. Muhammad Ali's bouts with Antonio Inoki and Gorilla Monsoon, as well as his guest-refereeing of the main event at the first WrestleMania, are still some of the most talked-about moments in pro wrestling history. One of Ali's most legendary adversaries, Joe Frazier, gave the striped shirt a try once, officiating one of Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes' famous bouts.
From Lawrence Taylor headlining WrestleMania XI, to Mike Tyson delivering Stone Cold Steve Austin his first world title, to Rob Gronkowski's memorable charge into the ring at last April's WrestleMania 33, pro wrestling's colorful history is illuminated with memorable appearances from the pro sports world.
What's your favorite memory? Rank the best ones below:
Given LaVar's outsized, occasionally cartoonish persona, we're sure this won't be the last time we see the Ball family at a WWE event.
-- Brendan C. Hall
Scouting report -- positives:
- Athletic combo guard
- Has elite size when he plays the point guard position
- Can score from anywhere on the floor
Scouting report -- negatives:
- Needs to add strength
- Inconsistent 3-point shooter
ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):
- Chances he'll be an All-Star: 0.11 percent
- Chances he'll be an NBA starter: 6.72 percent
- Chances he'll be a role player: 9.21 percent
NEW YORK -- Ready to start fresh in Brooklyn, D'Angelo Russell said Magic Johnson's criticism of his leadership skills is "irrelevant."
"It is good to be here," Russell said at the Nets' practice facility in Brooklyn. "Can't really control that, what they say, I'm gone. So it's the past. I am here now. It's irrelevant, honestly."
During his introductory news conference with the Brooklyn Nets, Russell repeatedly tried to turn the page from the Los Angeles Lakers to his new home. But surely, Russell will hear about what Johnson said plenty more this coming season.
"D'Angelo is an excellent player," the Lakers president of basketball operations said on Friday when the team introduced second overall pick Lonzo Ball. "He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us.
"But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better and also that players want to play with."
Russell, 21, has certainly heard the knock on his maturity since being drafted second overall out of Ohio State in 2015. But Russell said he plans on being a leader for the young, rebuilding Nets.