No place for Lavar Ball in sports world

No place for Lavar Ball in sports world

As a former middle school basketball coach, I've witness firsthand how parents think little Johnny or Susan are the next great Olympians and anyone who tells them otherwise is insane and doesn't know what they're talking about.

LaVar Ball told ESPN before the season that LiAngelo would stay at UCLA for only one season, even if he wasn't projected as a draft pick. I think it was more, maybe, "surprised.' If you're looking for one word, maybe it's 'surprised" because it's nothing that we saw coming.

UCLA coach Steve Alford issued a statement later Monday. Authorities eventually let them go home. Before the team's season opener against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Shanghai, China, LiAngelo and two other freshmen, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested for shoplifting sunglasses.

Since withdrawing his son from UCLA, Big Baller Brand patriarch LaVar Ball has been lobbing shots at the UCLA program and coaching staff for their handling of the situation.

And after LaMelo was pulled out of Chino Hills High earlier this year by LaVar, it seems that the next step for the younger Ball brothers is to play in Europe to get them ready for the National Basketball Association. You wear whatever they have for you, a little jumpsuit.

So far, Alford says he has not had any conversations with LaVar.

LiAngelo is the middle child of Ball's three sons. Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball is reportedly "disgusted" with the Lakers' 8-15 record this season and their current five-game losing streak.

Alford noted since returning to the United States, Ball has been a model citizen at school.

Ball and his father LaVar appeared on morning news shows Tuesday, including the Today Show and CNN, detailing the shoplifting scandal that started in Hangzhou, China and eventually expanded into President Donald Trump's Twitter timeline. Alford said he expects a resolution to the Office of Student Conduct's investigation "sooner rather than later".

I'll be the first to admit, I didn't think much of the Ball family when I first heard about three brothers in California who were hyped to be the next great family in basketball. Due to their notoriety, it may be a good business decision to sign the two, even if it's not the best basketball decision, but one team from Lithuania has already said "thanks, but no thanks" to the circus. "If they need to talk to me, they know where to find me".