Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sport | By Floyd Cook

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball explore playing professionally overseas, report says

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball explore playing professionally overseas, report says

LiAngelo, 19, never stepped on the court for the UCLA Bruins this season after he was arrested in China for shoplifting prior to their season opener against Georgia Tech.

Trump repeatedly blasted Ball for failing to thank him.

According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Ball said he's pulling his son, LiAngelo, out of UCLA.

LiAngelo Ball's problems at U.C.L.A. and its basketball team started with a disastrous trip to China with the team, during which he and three teammates were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.

Ball minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release and Trump tweeted in response that he should have left the players in China in jail.

"Did you get a thank you?"

The development comes as no surprise given the way things have been trending for the Ball family.

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However, he added, "I ain't going to stress it out". "ZO2s bring you down, stop you from getting all riled up", he said. "Put some ZO2s on and walk light".

Equally freakish and controversial is the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers are going to enforce a policy that's called the "LaVar Ball Rule" that bars reporters from a section of Staples Center that's near family and associates of players after games, especially since Ball has been very critical of the team's coaches and players in recent weeks, according to a report from ESPN. The charges against LiAngelo - and two other UCLA freshmen - were dropped, which is what reportedly has LaVar peeved over the suspension.

If this is actually how this all went down, this is a blessing in disguise - or maybe even not that much in disguise - for Steve Alford and UCLA.

LaVar said he planned to help LiAngelo train for the National Basketball Association draft. And then you just sit in a cement cell for however long. "I rather be playing".

Sam Vecenie, a college hoops and NBA Draft reporter for The Athletic, noted that LiAngelo may not even have many overseas options, let alone the NBA. 'He's going to be taken care of either way, ' he says.

They had him there just to use the Ball family name. "We gonna ball till we fall".

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