Discussion in 'NAU and All Non-Arizona College Sports' started by Southpaw, Nov 15, 2017.
Just a bad decision that didn't in any way put the best interests of his son first. Honestly there were people at UCLA who were trying to convince Gelo to consider trying out for football at some point because they thought he had a better chance as say a TE, than in basketball.
It is clear that LaVar is putting his pride ahead of what's best for Gelo. Even if Melo is good, Gelo isn't that good. By forcing him out of UCLA, he is limiting his opportunities
Not a big Jason Whitlock fan but he has an interesting spin on this. He says very connected UCLA sources tell him Gelo Ball completely lied saying he was just following along the other 2 players. That Gelo's credit card being denied at the first store is what actually started the whole thing, the players then shoplifted. He also says Gelo was the only 1 of the 3 players who stole from all 3 stores. He said Gelo blaming the other 2 players is a case of him throwing them under the bus and then backing over them.
No idea what's true or what's not but if Whitlock is correct Gelo just crossed a huge line blaming his teammates.
LaVar Ball told ESPN that LiAngelo and LaMelo have signed with Lonzo's agent, and the goal is to find an overseas team that will play both at the same time. This also means there’s no chance of LaMelo playing college hoops —
Yeah kind of stupid IMO. He in a week took away a free education from Gelo, and now near as I can tell he just ended Melo's HS career too, he can't play for a prep team even because he's got an agent now.
He had a formula that work for Lonzo now he's blowing that up for melo the guy is off the rails
Story filed to ESPN with @DraftExpress: LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are in serious discussions to sign professional basketball deals with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas. Club plans to decide in next 24-to-48 hours whether to finalize an agreement with the two American teenagers.
The Ball brothers are not expected to see major playing time for Prienu Vytautas in the Lithuanian (LKL) league, but could be afforded an opportunity to develop in the Baltic (BBL) League, where the stakes are much lower. The club must decide whether to pull the trigger first.
From what I'm told, salaries for players at this level of competition usually don't exceed $500 per month in the absolute best case. It wouldn't surprise me if the Ball brothers ended up playing for free. Certainly not the most glamorous league or part of the world to live in.
Prienu Vytautas has only had one American player on their roster in the past decade, Brad Tinsley, who departed after a month of action, according to my research. The Balls would likely be faced with a major culture shock in Prienai, a small village of around 10,000 people.
Not even good enough to receive playing time in the Baltic League...
A huge part of the issue is Lavar wants them to play together which is really limiting their odds of getting spots.
He' really screwing these 2 over IMO. Gelo could have stayed at UCLA and gotten an education, and Melo should still be in HS. I think he's materially harmed Melo's chances at a basketball future.
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