LaVar Ball Makes It Official: LaMelo Won't Honor UCLA Commitment

LaVar Ball Makes It Official: LaMelo Won't Honor UCLA Commitment

Earlier in the week, LaVar reiterated his pipe dream of trying to get LiAngelo and LaMelo to team with their older brother, Lonzo, on the Los Angeles Lakers, but of course, that's as far-fetched as any of his boasts. LaMelo Ball will officially not follow his brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo to UCLA. The plan is now for both to play on the same team overseas.

"I don't care about the money", LaVar told ESPN .

LiAngelo Ball and fellow freshmen basketball players Cody Riley and Jalen Hill created an global incident that eventually involved President Donald Trump. LaVar has proclaimed that LiAngelo will enter the 2018 NBA Draft, so transferring to another school for next season was not an option.

The Ball brothers could even find themselves playing in the Chinese league, where several former National Basketball Association players have gone on to make million-dollar salaries towards the end of their careers. LiAngelo had been suspended indefinitely by the UCLA men's basketball program after being charged with shoplifting while overseas in China, along with two teammates.

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LiAngelo, who was a freshman at UCLA this year, is in the process of leaving the school at his father's request. The NCAA forbids players from signing endorsement deals and could have intervened if LaMelo ever attempted to play for the Bruins. "I'm not going to say I know for a fact he couldn't defend at that level, but he has never had to do it before and his overall athletic profile doesn't bode well in the future".

The boys' father said several teams in Asia and Europe have expressed interest.

"I think it is a good decision", Lonzo Ball said. LaVar said his primary goal for his two sons is for them to go somewhere together where they can play and get back onto the court.

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