LaVar Ball Told Son LiAngelo He Doesn't Think He'll Make It to the NBA

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2017

UCLA's Lonzo Ball (2) greets his brother LiAngelo Ball, left, and father LaVar Ball, right, after scoring 20 points in their 114-77 win over Long Beach State at an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
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In a GQ exclusive published Wednesday, LaVar Ball offered a brutally honest assessment regarding the NBA prospects of his middle son, LiAngelo Ball.

According to GQ's Zach Baron, LaVar doesn't expect LiAngelo to make it to the NBA but suggested he won't have to worry about struggling financially if he doesn't.

"I told my boys that one of them wasn't going to make it. Because if you've got three, only one, maybe two make it to the NBA," Ball said, adding that LiAngelo is "going to be taken care of either way."

The Ball family patriarch said he has told LiAngelo before he believes he is the least likely to reach the NBA among his three sons.

LiAngelo will attend UCLA this coming season, following in the footsteps of older brother Lonzo, who is expected to be one of the top picks in Thursday's 2017 NBA draft and is favored to go No. 2 overall to the Los Angeles Lakers.

LaMelo is the youngest Ball brother, and LaVar told Baron he believes his last-born son has the most star power among the trio.

No matter how LiAngelo and LaMelo fare moving forward, Lonzo has the makings of a potential NBA superstar. That alone could go a long way toward establishing LaVar's Big Baller Brand on the basketball apparel scene.


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