LiAngelo Ball
LiAngelo Ball (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

Lavar Ball has three sons who will all attend UCLA and be one-and-done players and pursue NBA careers with the Los Angeles Lakers. At least that’s what he believes. But he might have realized a flaw in his master plan.

While his son Lonzo is slated to be the selection for the Lakers with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, his middle son LiAngelo Ball is beginning his UCLA career. The prospects for LiAngelo to make it to the NBA, as they currently stand, are not great. He’s not a highly touted prospect and he’s nowhere to be found on early 2018 mock draft projections. Lonzo is a lock, LaMelo should be an interesting talent as he finishes up high school.

But Lavar might already see the writing on the wall when it comes to LiAngelo. He might have to start hoping for a stint with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Following comes from Zach Baron of GQ.

“I told my boys that one of them wasn’t going to make it. Because if you’ve got three, only one, maybe two make it to the NBA.” He says, right in front of everyone, that he thinks it’ll be his middle son, LiAngelo, who doesn’t make it. He says he’s told him that. “He’s going to be taken care of either way,” he says. At least Gelo is the handsomest of his sons, he says—if basketball doesn’t work out, maybe he could be a model.

Tina says: “All my boys are handsome.”

LaVar says Melo, with his curly blond hair and highlight-reel game, has the most star power. Tina says: “They all have star power.”


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