DETROIT – It took LiAngelo Ball covering his entire torso with ink for Lakers’ rookie Lonzo Ball to join the legions of tattooed NBA players.“I didn’t want him to be the only one in the family,” Lonzo Ball said.There is strength in numbers, after all. And given LaVar Ball’s vehement opposition to LiAngelo’s body art, Lonzo was doing his middle brother a favor.“My dad was pretty mad the first time,” said Lonzo, who went on to add: “He doesn’t like tattoos.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSo, over the winter the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft got two tattoos of his own. Around one wrist: “Motivated by Jesus, dedicated to the game,” and a crucifix. On the opposite wrist: “Born to ball, because of him,” and his birthday.“I used to have wristbands but they all snapped off,” he said, “so I figured I’d put them there permanently.”This is not to say Ball is going to go the way of his heavily tattooed brother or his pal and teammate, Kyle Kuzma, whose tattoos include the Ford Motor Co. logo and his mother’s first name.“I don’t like the pain,” Ball said.When LiAngelo Ball, who is now starring with younger brother LaMelo in Lithuania, decided to repurpose his chest and stomach as a billboard, Lonzo shook his head and said, “OK, as long as you want them.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers By the time Lonzo decided to join his brother – call it Big Baller, Ink – LaVar was “already over it.”“I’m in my own house now,” Lonzo said. “Pay my own bills. So he can’t really tell me nothing.”
Delta’s board also will be looking for a new CEO to replace Grinstein, 74, who has said he plans to step down once his successor is appointed. Delta entered Chapter 11 on Sept. 14, 2005, amid high fuel prices and the burdens of high labor and pension expenses. Delta significantly reduced its labor and pension costs while under court protection. As of March 31, the company had 52,260 full-time employees, according to a regulatory filing Friday. The figure includes subsidiary Comair. The bankruptcy process has been expensive for Delta, which has run up more than $127.9 million in bills for fees and expenses for its lawyers, consultants and advisers through the end of January. It could spend tens of millions more once the final fee and expense requests are dealt with. Delta underwent a lot of changes while in bankruptcy, which, along with cost cuts, included improving aircraft cabins and expanding international service. The carrier also defeated a hostile takeover bid by Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways Group Inc. US Airways withdrew its $9.8 billion bid after Delta’s unsecured creditors committee in January endorsed Delta’s reorganization plan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is an amazing day for an extraordinary company, which has reclaimed its heritage and has emerged from Chapter 11 as a fierce, determined and well-capitalized competitor,” Huebner said. Delta has set aside $10 million for its rebranding effort, which could also include a new advertising campaign. Now that Delta is out of bankruptcy, executives at Delta will consider shedding Comair, a Delta subsidiary that provides regional service for the airline. Comair also emerged from bankruptcy on Monday after nearly two years of restructuring in which the regional airline cut jobs and other costs. Delta’s outgoing chief executive, Gerald Grinstein, said last week he did not expect any “immediate action” on Erlanger, Ky.-based Comair since Delta has a new board of directors. Even so, some analysts expect Delta to make a quick decision. ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines Inc. emerged from bankruptcy protection Monday as an independent carrier after surviving a hostile takeover bid during a 19 -month reorganization that saw it eliminate jobs, cut costs, restructure its fleet and focus more on international flying. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in New York had set 9 a.m. EDT as the time the Atlanta-based airline could exit from Chapter 11 by closing on a $2.5 billion loan that would allow it to pay back lenders who gave Delta money to help it operate while in bankruptcy. Delta’s chief bankruptcy lawyer, Marshall Huebner, said in a 10:21 a.m. e-mail to The Associated Press that the wire transfers for the loans were completed. Delta, the nation’s third-largest carrier, also unveiled Monday details of a marketing plan that includes a new paint job for its planes, featuring the company’s three-dimensional red logo flying across a blue background. The new brand will appear on more than 900 planes, at airports and on Delta advertising.