Thursday was the official start of LaVar Ball's Junior Basketball Association, which went head-to-head with the NBA Draft. Shelburne reports the latter squad never promised LiAngelo he would receive an invite, and that their choice would be purely based on performance; however, sources suggest LaVar Ball's media antics played a big role in the Lakers' decision.
The Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Ball's middle son, LiAngelo, went undrafted on Thursday night.
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"If they want to trade him, trade him".
"No, I don't worry too much about what my dad is doing".
Nonetheless, the organization saw several draft prospects who were likely candidates to be signed for their Summer League or G League rosters. That's where Ball figured to slot in with the Lakers in a best-case scenario. "It just shows you that LaVar doesn't have that magic ball like he thought he had because he said [all three of his sons] were going to the Lakers". No high-fives when they come out of the game.
LaVar's dream has been to have all three of his sons play on the Lakers, and for now, it seems like that dream is dead, and the chances of it ever coming to light again is slim to none. "Somebody will take all 3 of my boys and whoever do, guess what - championship".