Appearing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday for Lonzo's second National Basketball Association preseason game, the eldest Ball informed ESPN that he was pulling his youngest son, LaMelo, from high school.
The 16-year-old will still play travel ball. I am disappointed it couldn't have worked better for LaMelo and the players.
LaVar also spoke about something that could potentially impact LaMelo's college athletics eligibility: the release of the high school baller's signature shoe with the family-owned-and-operated Big Baller Brand, the Melo Ball 1 (also referred to by the brand as the MB1).
Chino Hills' former Coach Steve Baik helped the school to its 35-0 record on a previous season before leaving for Fairfax. That suggests there could be another announcement coming, perhaps involving a new high-school team for the junior to play on before AAU season. After his second preseason game, Lonzo's continuous development was overwhelming but Luke Walton, the Lakers' coach, still wants him to show more aggressiveness and selfishness.
While even LaVar doesn't have the juice to force UCLA to cycle through coaches, he can make life hard for Alford if he chooses.
LaVar still intends to have LaMelo attend UCLA.
"I'm not going to put my son through all that".
LaVar Ball has made a name for himself as a guy who isn't afraid to go against the grain.
LaVar has raised concerns about each of his sons' coaches during their stints in high school, and has been known to pull his team out of games entirely if he is displeased with the officiating, as he did earlier this summer at the Adidas Uprising Summer Tournament.