Despite going undrafted by the NBA and not being picked up by any Summer League squad, LiAngelo Ball insists he’ll join his older brother on the Los Angeles Lakers at some point.
Speaking to TMZ Sports recently, Ball seemed optimistic his chance to play alongside Lonzo—and perhaps his younger brother LaMelo someday—is still in the cards:
Ball did have a pre-draft workout with the Lakers, yet they didn’t even think enough of him to give him a summertime audition. Neither did any of the other 29 NBA teams.
Word has spread of Ball’s underwhelming performance at the Professional Basketball Combine in Florida, in which he missed 12 of 16 uncontested three-pointers. Not exactly professional-grade by any measure.
Gelo’s senior sibling, Lonzo, was highly touted coming out of UCLA, went second overall in the draft and showed out as an NBA rookie in just about every area other than shooting.
That far and away transcends Gelo’s trajectory. Ball was pulled out of the Bruins program after an arrest in China and appeared in just 14 professional games in Lithuania thereafter.
Although he did parody himself, if Ball is meant to have any chance as a Laker or in the NBA in general, he must prove he’s mature enough to handle the responsibility and back up his Big Baller Brand persona with substance in his game.