LiAngelo Ball’s decision to declare for the 2018 NBA draft, as Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday, will test his father’s speak-it-into-existence approach like nothing before.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, “authentic nfl jerseys Not one scout Bleacher Report has reached out to thinks Ball has a chance to play in the NBA anytime soon.”
The most charitable takeaway from that scouting perspective on LiAngelo is the “anytime soon” qualifier—something even LaVar Ball seems to understand. Back in February, he told Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas:
“I want all my three boys to play for the Lakers. … If they don’t take Gelo this year, I bring back Gelo here [Prienai in Lithuania] to play with Melo for two years. Lonzo will be on his third year, and I want to let every NBA team know, that Lonzo is not going to re-sign with the Lakers but will go to any team that will take all of my three boys. That’s my plan.”wholesale nfl jerseys
Perhaps LaVar’s threat about Lonzo leaving the Lakers forces the team to do some damage control. Rather than drafting LiAngelo, the Lakers could add him to their G League roster. That would keep him in the theoretical pipeline and possibly appease LaVar enough to keep him quiet for a while (probably not, though).
If the organization is already fed up with LaVar sowing discord by questioning head coach Luke Walton’s grip on the locker room, nfl jerseys wholesale adding another Ball to the mix, even at the G League level, doesn’t seem worth the trouble.
LaVar’s threat also rings somewhat hollow, as the Lakers still will have team control over Lonzo throughout the timeline of his father’s daring plan. There’s no leverage here, and the Lakers have no incentive to keep LaVar happy.
It’s by no means a foregone conclusion that LiAngelo could compete at what amounts to the minor league level. He was a bench player at UCLA and a 3-star high school recruit. Just for the sake of comparison, Ian Baker played nine games for the South Bay Lakers nfl jerseys china this season, averaging 2.4 points per game on 30.4 percent shooting.nfl wholesale jerseys