LaVar Ball is no stranger to making headlines. Whether he is going off on the New Orleans Pelicans for their treatment of his eldest son Lonzo, or describing which of his boys had the most talent, or taking credit for the 2020 Presidential Election – the Ball family patriarch always speaks his mind.
It was more of the same this week, when LaVar appeared on Mason & Ireland on ESPN LA 710.
While on the show, LaVar went into great detail regarding why he was happy that LaMelo didn’t end up with the Golden State Warriors.
“This is what I’m thinking,” he said.
“I called Steve Kerr the Milli Vanilli of coaching. Don’t get mad at me cuz that’s what it is, but he’s gonna hold something against my son if he starts doing some stuff and this what he gonna say ‘we don’t do that around here.’ Now you got Melo trying to play the game listening to me and the guy he works for. That ain’t gon — you can’t perform like that, you can’t have that over your head.”
LaMelo decided to invite a special guest. https://t.co/nC2CuuD7yJ
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 17, 2021
What’s interesting about this whole situation is that the Warriors actually came very close to taking LaMelo with the second overall pick in this year’s draft.
In fact, the front office even went so far as to lie to him about it.
Ultimately, Golden State selected James Wiseman out of Memphis – a decision that they’re no doubt regretting now that they see what star potential LaMelo possesses.
On the year, LaMelo is averaging 16 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting from the field, while also dishing out 6.2 assists and grabbing 5.9 rebounds per outing. Aside from one minor blip, a bizarre physical altercation with one of his teammates, LaMelo has had a virtually flawless rookie campaign.
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