Well, that didn’t have long at all.
After it had been announced Monday that LaVar Ball is pulling son LiAngelo out of UCLA because he’s unhappy with the basketball team’s indefinite suspension of the guard following his shoplifting arrest in China, people wondered if the controversial hoops dad’s youngest son, LaMelo, was going to honor his commitment to UCLA.
Well, apparently certainly not. LaVar advised ESPN on Thursday morning that the 16-year-outdated won’t go to UCLA, and now the program is for both LiAngelo and LaMelo to take up together for a team abroad, as previously reported.
“I don’t care about the money,” LaVar told ESPN earlier today. “I’d like them to go someplace where they will play them collectively on the court simultaneously. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.”
He definitively added about LaMelo: “He’s not going to play university basketball.”
UCLA’s reaction to this?
“If you’re seeking for one word I’d head out with ‘surprised,’ because it’s nothing that people saw approaching,” Bruins men’s basketball trainer Steve Alford told The Los Angeles Times of LaMelo’s proceed to withdraw his determination to the program.
This comes after LaVar yanked LaMelo from Chino Hills SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL earlier this year to train and home-school him before undertaking the same with LiAngelo, taking him out of UCLA earlier this week.
Further forgoing their university eligibility, LaVar said that both LiAngelo and LaMelo have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, with resources telling ESPN that the Ball sons already have interest from several groups found in Asia and Europe.
That said, LaVar wouldn’t divulge any further details.
“I don’t know the deals and who is giving what,” Ball told ESPN. “I’m letting Harrison cope with all that, but I understand there are several teams interested. I just need to get them playing again.”
Earlier found 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 simply because far-fetched as some of his boasts.
But what do you consider about LaVar taking away LiAngelo and LaMelo from their respective colleges to go after a possible chance for them to play collectively for an overseas team?
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