The Burden of Ball: Lonzo Gets a Rude Welcome to the NBA

Even when the game was over, when the pullover was on, when the fans were headed to the parking lots and the players to the locker rooms, Lonzo Ball could not escape. Back came Patrick Beverley, charging at him from 94 feet away, in his face and his chest and his ribs one more time.

Emmert would like to eliminate the “one-and-done” rule that allows elite basketball players to spend less than a year on campus before leaving for the NBA.

“I don’t think there’s any compelling reason why someone should be forced to go to college who doesn’t want to go to college,” he said. “I think that makes no bloody sense. Why would anyone do that? If someone wants to become a professional athlete, they shouldn’t have to go to college to do that.”

“Same thing as tonight,” Kershaw said after Game 6. “I’ll be in the bullpen and ready to go in the first inning. Whatever they need.”

Kershaw joked that he could give the team 27 innings. He would be pitching on two days of rest after throwing 94 pitches in Game 5, when he allowed six runs in 4? innings.

If Kershaw makes an appearance, it would present a scenario similar to that of the 2014 World Series, when Madison Bumgarner started Game 5 for the San Francisco Giants and then threw the final five innings in relief in Game 7 as the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 for the title; or that of last season’s World Series, when Jon Lester started Game 5 for the Cubs and then threw three innings and 55 pitches in Chicago’s Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Brandon Morrow has appeared in all six World Series games for the Dodgers, but he threw just 14 pitches in Game 6.
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