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LiAngelo Ball announces he will join father’s pro basketball league

LiAngelo Ball

LiAngelo Ball was not selected in the NBA Draft and has not received an invite to join any team during the Summer League, but fortunately he had a backup plan in place that he knew would work.

On Monday, Ball announced that he is joining the Junior Basketball Association — the league founded by his father LaVar Ball and funded by the Big Baller Brand.

LiAngelo will be playing for the Los Angeles Ballers like his younger brother LaMelo, of course. The JBA said in a press release that NBA teams “surprisingly passed” on Ball in the draft, but it really wasn’t a surprise to anyone who has followed him from before he chose to leave UCLA.

LiAngelo is still confident that he is going to wind up with one particular NBA team, but he has a very long way to go. Is the Junior Basketball Association and the Big Baller Brand going to get him there? We know how LaVar would answer that question.

LiAngelo Ball still believes he’ll end up with Lakers

LiAngelo Ball

LiAngelo Ball has frequently been linked to the Lakers because his brother plays there and his father insists all three of his sons will eventually be teammates in L.A., and the middle of the three ball boys still envisions himself wearing purple and gold.

In a brief chat with TMZ recently, Ball was asked about his father LaVar still being hopeful that LiAngelo will end up on the Lakers’ roster. LiAngelo expressed confidence that it will happen.

“Yeah, I will,” he said. “Probably later. I think I will.”

For what it’s worth, Ball said he has been “just working out” and indicated that no NBA teams have called him about joining them for the Summer League. That likely means he is a long way from being considered for any NBA roster, let alone the Lakers.

There have been some reports that indicate LiAngelo simply isn’t a good enough player for the Lakers to invite to their summer camp, while others claim LaVar is a factor. Whatever the case, the Ball family seems intent on willing LiAngelo to the Lakers. After all, LaVar was right when he said the Lakers would draft Lonzo and sign LeBron James. Why should we doubt him now?

Report: LiAngelo Ball not talented enough for Lakers’ summer team

LiAngelo Ball

LiAngelo Ball’s exclusion from the Los Angeles Lakers’ summer league team may have been due to an issue of talent.

Leading up to Thursday’s NBA Draft, Ball held workouts with a couple of teams, including the Lakers, for whom his brother, Lonzo, plays. That may be the extent of Ball’s association with the Lakers moving forward.

The Athletic’s Bill Oram reported on Friday that a Lakers source told him LiAngelo was left off the summer league team because of a lack of talent.

That’s notable because ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that Ball would not be invited to be on the Lakers’ summer league team for possibly another reason.

Prior to Lonzo Ball being drafted by the Lakers last year, his father LaVar talked about his plan to one day have all three of his sons one day play for the Lakers. One may be all LaVar gets. It seems the ship has all but sailed on LiAngelo wearing the purple and gold anytime soon. LaVar’s last shot could be with his youngest son, LaMelo, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Ballers of the Junior Basketball Association, a league founded by LaVar Ball.

Lakers not interested in LiAngelo Ball because of LaVar?

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LaVar Ball has not backed off of his prediction that all three of his sons will one day be teammates in the NBA, but he may have to find a team that is willing to put up with his antics in order to make that happen.

Ball’s middle son, LiAngelo, went undrafted on Thursday night. The Los Angeles Lakers were among the teams that hosted him for a workout leading up to the draft, but they are not inviting him to join them for the Summer League. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that the decision may have more to do with LaVar than it does with basketball.

To make matters more interesting, a report from earlier in the week indicated the Lakers could ship Lonzo Ball out of town if they end up landing LeBron James in free agency.

The Lakers obviously knew what they were getting into when they drafted a member of the Ball family, but perhaps LaVar has been a bigger headache than they envisioned. While the ridiculous comments he has made lately have been nothing out of the ordinary for him, it probably doesn’t help that Lonzo’s rookie season was a bit of a disappointment.

Watch: Fans chant for LiAngelo Ball before final pick of draft

LiAngelo Ball

If LiAngelo Ball is going to play in the NBA next season, it will have to be by way of signing a contract with a team as an undrafted free agent. Lonzo’s younger brother was not one of the 60 players selected in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, which was a major disappointment to some fans who attended the event.

With 59 picks in the book and just one to go, a small collection of fans in New York badly wanted the Philadelphia 76ers to draft LiAngelo. They were very vocal about it.

They didn’t get their wish, as Philly went with Dayton forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Ball worked out for several NBA teams prior to the draft, so he must not have blown anyone away. Unless the Lakers have plans to sign him, LaVar Ball’s prediction about the coming years is in serious trouble.

LiAngelo Ball makes light of China incident in Foot Locker commercial

LiAngelo Ball

LiAngelo Ball made light of his China theft incident in a new Foot Locker commercial.

Foot Locker released a commercial on Tuesday featuring Ball that promotes a new “One and Done” T-shirt ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft.

The commercial calls the deal a “steal” and also uses the word “criminal.”

Those are allusions to Ball’s China incident. He and two teammates were caught shoplifting in China ahead of UCLA’s season-opening game in Asia. The incident received international attention, with President Trump even getting involved.

Ball ended up leaving school to play in Lithuania. He has now entered the NBA Draft despite not being highly regarded as a prospect.

Report: Lakers unlikely to draft or sign LiAngelo Ball despite workout

LiAngelo Ball

Though much was made of the Los Angeles Lakers holding a pre-draft workout for LiAngelo Ball, it doesn’t sound like that will lead to anything.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, there is “pessimism to the extreme” coming from the Lakers side of things that Ball is on the team’s radar. Stein reports that it’s unlikely that they’ll even pursue him as a G-Leaguer.

Ball has made no secret of the fact that he wants to play for the Lakers. The feeling does not appear mutual. The former UCLA player is likely going to wind up undrafted and will have to assess his options from there, though if it’s any consolation, other teams have worked him out.

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