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Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons take shots at Ball family following Lakers' pick

It took about as long as one of Lonzo Ball's deft, cross-court passes for NBA players to start licking their chops at the prospect of taking the Ball family down a peg.

Jun 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Lonzo Ball (UCLA) celebrates with his father LaVar Ball after being introduced as the number two overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Not too long after the Los Angeles Lakers took Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft -- and after his father, LaVar, declared to ESPN's Jeff Goodman that the Lakers would be playoff-bound in 2018 -- Philadelphia 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons subtweeted some thinly veiled shots at the father-son duo:

Asked on a conference call with Los Angeles media about Embiid's tweet, Lonzo said, "That's funny."

The NBA's 2017-18 regular-season schedule won't be released until August, but suffice to say, the first Sixers-Lakers matchup between Ball and Philly's No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will be appointment viewing.

-- Brendan C. Hall

Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/QTP0622EmbiidSimmonsSubtweetBall/philadelphia-76ers-joel-embiid-ben-simmons-take-shots-ball-family-following-lakers-draft-selection

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