LaVar Ball, father of Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball, once wanted his youngest son to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. Currently, this will never happen. Lonzo Ball, LaVar’s eldest son, was selected second overall by the Shippers in the 2017 NBA Draft.
However, Lonzo only played two seasons with Los Angeles. In July 2019, the Lakers traded Lonzo to the New Orleans Pelicans. Of course, then he was traded to the Chicago Bulls by the Pelicans last August. Anyway, the Chargers pissed off LaVar by trading Lonzo.
LaVar Ball is not shaking at the thought of LaMelo Ball joining the Lakers 😳
Link to our full interview with LaVar: https://t.co/hYqq6WY2Sl pic.twitter.com/dp2LhkHdb9
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) December 20, 2022
According to several NBA betting sites, the Lakers have the 12th-best odds to win the championship in 2023.
“I wanted Melo to be a Laker,” LaVar Ball replied in an interview with Complex. “They remove the zone [Lonzo Ball] And do you think I’ll come back? I am not that kind of stupid person.
LaVar Ball was interested in a playable LaMelo Ball for the Lakers before the Lonzo Ball trade.
Lonzo’s best season with the Lakers was his rookie 2017-18 season. He made 50 appearances in 52 games. Ball averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He also shot 36% from the field and 30.5% from beyond the arc. He was then selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
“Common sense would tell you, hell no,” the 55-year-old added when asked if he had second thoughts about LaMelo playing for the Lakers. “You did something to my son Lonzo, and you think I’m going to come back with others? I must be stone-cold crazy.
LaMelo Ball went 16 of 23 in the Hornets’ 4th quarter win over the Kings.
23 PTS, 12 AST in 27 min
– Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 20, 2022
LaVar Ball is confident that his three sons – including LiAngelo Ball, who is currently signed with the G League’s Greensboro Herd – will be playing on the same NBA team in the near future.
In seven starts this season, LaMelo Ball is averaging 23.1 points and 7.4 assists. He is also averaging 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting a career-best 45.7% from the floor and 40.3% from 3-point range.
The Hornets guard has dealt with two injuries in the past few months. During the preseason, Ball suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for the first 13 games of the regular season. When the guard returned, the 21-year-old tweaked the same ankle, causing him to miss 11 more games.