High draft picks Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson will begin what could become a beautiful rivalry Friday while hoping to flush the detritus of their pro debuts. Ball's Los Angeles Lakers and Jackson's Phoenix Suns will meet for the first time in their four-game season series at Talking Stick Arena, and they appear likely to be adversaries for years to come. Ball was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, a point guard taken by a point guard -- Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, who traded another point guard (D'Angelo Russell) to create space for Ball.
BOSTON - Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Gordon Hayward will soon undergo surgery for the gruesome leg injury he sustained in the first quarter of Tuesday's season-opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stevens said Hayward underwent a battery of tests Wednesday morning that confirmed the initial diagnosis of a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia. While Stevens shied away from offering a potential timeline for Hayward's return, he did stress that Hayward is expected to make a full recovery. Stevens also admitted that Hayward is down after the injury that occurred little more than five minutes into his Boston debut. "I was [at the hospital] for a minute last night and also again today