LaVar Ball went back for Round II with Chris Cuomo on CNN. Perhaps learning his lesson from the last time, Cuomo thanked him profusely for coming back on the show. LaVar called him Chromo, and then Cuomo pressed the guest to get his name right because it “means a lot to my mom.” LaVar said he sent President Trump three pairs of Big Baller Brand sneakers, and griped about not getting a thank you for the gift.
The conversation again centered on what happened in China with LiAngelo’s shoplifting, and eventually got to this exchange about the education that he is foregoing by leaving school:
Cuomo: You worried about compromising his future? UCLA is a great ticket for him it’s a great education.
Ball: We’re going FORWARD with his future. With a great education of what? Now, if my boy wanted to be the smartest guy in the room, YES! With UCLA we’d have to wait back and say, ‘Wow.’ But to be the world’s greatest basketball player, man, it’s not rocket scientists. Either you got the talent or you don’t.
LaVar seemed to believe that when UCLA did get around to reinstating LiAngelo, he wasn’t going to play there, and was just going to be on the bench. It bears mentioning that this is probably accurate, and that LaVar’s apparent belief that he is going to get LiAngelo ready for the NBA really seems to be delusional.
Woj tweeted last night that one NBA GM didn’t even have the middle Ball brother on his extended scouting lists, and that LiAngelo “will struggle to find a serious job playing pro basketball, including the G-League.” Even LaVar himself admitted this past June that Gelo might not be that good.
I guess we’ll see what the endgame is, but from afar my take is that the best course of action for LaVar would have been to have LiAngelo to lay low and take his medicine from UCLA for a couple months until this all blew over.