LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball sign with Lonzo’s agent

June 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LaVar Ball the father of newly drafted Los Angeles Lakers player Lonzo Ball with sons LaMelo Ball and LiAngelo Ball in attendance at Toyota Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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So much for following in the footsteps of their older brother, Lonzo. LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, in the wake of the former electing to leave UCLA before ever suiting up for the Bruins, have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, their father told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on Thursday.

“I don’t care about the money,” LaVar Ball said while announcing the news. “I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.”

Gaines also represents the aforementioned Lonzo, the Los Angeles Lakers rookie and eldest of the Ball brothers.

Earlier this week, LiAngelo, a would-be freshman, parted ways with UCLA as the result of a program-levied suspension gleaned from his arrest for shoplifting on a team trip to China. Though LaVar Ball initially said his youngest son, LiAngelo, a ballyhooed high school junior, would play collegiate basketball despite his brother’s fractured relationship with the Bruins, this news forfeits his NCAA eligibility.

ESPN reports that multiple teams in Europe and Asia have expressed interest in bringing the younger Ball brothers aboard.

“I don’t know the deals and who is offering what,” LaVair said. “I’m letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again.”

Neither LiAngelo nor LaMelo is on the level of Lonzo Ball as a NBA prospect. The former, an undersized power forward, might be hard-pressed to find a job overseas if not for name recognition, while it’s unlikely the latter’s flamboyant play-making flair will overcome his lack of physicality and unwillingness to play off the ball.

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  1. Christian

    Dec 7, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Such a tough call on him as to how much admiration versus frustration I have for this man. LOL. He’s the ultimate helicopter parent, which can be as much of a blessing as it is an aggravation. The kids are okay with this and are use to “Superdad”managing their lives/careers. Duly noted in the case of the baby boy, but at some point the dad has to give the older ones more say-so. Then again with everything they do also reflecting back on BIG BALLER BRAND, he may always remain closely connected to their every move and decision making. They are the faces of the family empire. So hats off to dad and the multi-million dollar empire he has built from the ground up with his sons. It says a lot about the power of a helicopter parent, some of it good and some of it not so good.

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