LaVar Ball is still convinced, despite heavy evidence otherwise, his son LiAngelo will get a chance to play in the NBA.
On Thursday night, LiAngelo Ball wasn’t drafted or signed to an NBA contract. LaVar, who’s publicly touted all of his sons will play for the Lakers (with Lonzo), is still convinced Gelo will get a shot at being a pro. Ball said his son will get a chance to prove himself in the NBA Summer League.
— Fred Roggin (@FredNBCLA) June 22, 2018
Here’s the thing, I find it extremely unlikely any team is willing to even bring LiAngelo in for a Summer League audition. He’s simply not an NBA caliber talent, nor does he have the skillset to suggest one day he might be. Plus, you get all the baggage and circus of LaVar. There’s no incentive to give him a look. Even the Lakers want nothing to do with him.
A dribble of draft scuttle for those interested: The Lakers had LiAngelo Ball in for a well-chronicled workout this week but there is pessimism in the extreme coming out of L.A. today that the Lakers have any intentions for him … G-League or otherwise
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 30, 2018
Lakers officially informed LiAngelo Ball he will not be on their Summer League team last night. They were determined to make this a basketball decision but as one source put it, “obviously there’s more to it than basketball.” In other words— the LaVar effect was real.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 22, 2018
At the end of the day, Gelo has a slim chance at even playing in the Summer League. He’s a headache and then some and not good enough to warrant consideration for a roster spot. LaVar will keep banging the drum of his pro potential, but it’s all noise and no substance.