LaMelo Ball’s teammates didn’t enjoy his and his loud-ass dad’s presences.
Shocking, I know.
But it goes beyond the putrid numbers he put up in the LKL, Lithuania’s top basketball league.
His BC Vytautas teammates described the youngest of the Ball brothers as “lazy,” “arrogant,” and “undisciplined,” according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
But most damningly, LaMelo’s teammates said he didn’t improve his game during his tenure with the last-place LKL team.
Before father LaVar Ball pulled LaMelo out of high school to pursue a pro career, he was a highly touted college prospect, unlike middle brother and fellow Vytautas teammate LiAngelo. ESPN ranked him the seventh player in the class of 2019. 247Sports ranked him 37th.
LaMelo was in position to impress NBA scouts at UCLA come the 2019-20 season. And to develop at a school that’s sent 16 players to the NBA since 2008.
Instead, he went overseas and apparently couldn’t accept the coaching. That doesn’t bode well for his catching on with another team.
Now who’s going to help him improve his game over the next two seasons, at the end of which his would-be high school classmates will be eligible for the NBA draft?
He’s already done enough to hamper LaMelo’s NBA dreams.