By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
LaVar Ball said that the reason he pulled LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA was for him to pursue professional opportunities overseas. However, it appears like those opportunities may be limited at best.
Ball, who is the father of Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, who is struggling, LiAngelo and 16-year-old LaMelo, said that all three of his sons would play for the Los Angeles Lakers someday. Right now, only Lonzo plays for the team, but he’s been a disaster at best thus far.
LiAngelo was arrested in China, along with two teammates, when the Bruins were there to play an exhibition game. He never got a chance to play for the Bruins, though. His draft prospects are also non-existent.
LiAngelo was on an indefinite suspension when his father decided to make the move to pull him out of the school.
Harrison Gaines, their agent, has begun to search for overseas possibilities. He even pulled LaMelo out of Chino Hills High School earlier this year after he clashed with the former head basketball coach, who was eventually fired, before deciding to homeschool his son.
While this sounds good, the likelihood of both players signing contracts is not good, because the teams do not want to give them a roster spot if they are not going to produce. In addition, they would not have to deal with LaVar, whose 15 minutes of fame should have expired a long time ago.
Plus, many of the overseas teams have already started, thus they would have a difficult time trying to adjust to the team chemistry should they sign. Also, with Ball as the microphone for the family, he’s going to want big money deals for each player, especially when there’s no tape on either player facing legitimate competition.
Lietkabelis Panevėžys has already said that they are not interested in the Ball’s. After a report surfaced that they would be interested in signing the duo, as a package deal, the team quickly shot it down.
Artūrs Štālbergs, the team’s head coach, decided to instead just say no, he decided to troll them, as well.
“Yes, we have openings at the security staff since they have an experience in this field,” he said.
While LaMelo, who some believe is the better of the three players, still has an AAU basketball career, LaVar could have seriously ruined any chances of LiAngelo having a basketball career.
If he doesn’t play college basketball, and no professional teams overseas come calling, his career is not expected to last. If they do sign, it could very well be for a publicity stunt and not actually for basketball.