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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Some have questioned the Ball family's decision to send LiAngelo and LaMelo to Lithuania to begin their pro careers. LaVar Ball told me tonight he's looking forward to seeing the "smiles on my sons' faces at the fact they're playing basketball competitively again." He added, "My boys are going over there to have fun, change the culture. Now young cats is coming to the game. That's all we're going over there to do, man: play."

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Sources: Lakers asked LaVar to tone it down

LaVar Ball confirmed that he met with the Lakers' front office recently to discuss his criticisms of head coach Luke Walton, saying of the meeting, "It's about coming together and to get a solution to this problem."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

LaVar Ball is relishing his role as an instigator on the road. He never sits courtside at Staples Center.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball has several hoodies with his face on Nas' album cover.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton says he stays in touch with ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson and receives coaching advice from him. He commented on Jackson's firing before the Knicks-Lakers game Tuesday. "I don't know all the details of what was going on here, obviously, but a mentor to me like that and someone that means as much to me as Phil does, I feel, I'm not in favor of it happening. But again, I'm coaching in the west coast and I'm not around out here to see everything and how and why everything played out the way it did…. I love the triangle offense. I wanted to see that work. But for whatever reasons it didn't."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Tina, LaVar, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball courtside at Madison Square Garden for tonight's Lakers-Knicks game.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

There are some Lonzo Ball fans at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Odell Beckham Jr. is seated courtside next to Magic Johnson, who received a huge applause from the Garden crowd when shown on the big screen. Beckham Jr. and LaMelo Ball know each other and have talked before. It will be interesting to see if Lonzo Ball and Beckham Jr. meet tonight.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

LaVar, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are sitting courtside for Lonzo Ball's Madison Square Garden debut tonight.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVar Ball, his wife Tina, LaMelo and LiAngelo are seated near the end of celebrity row here at Madison Square Garden, a few seats down from Spike Lee's seats.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball and Big Baller Brand are making their Madison Square Garden debut tonight.