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Report: Lonzo Ball’s brother, LiAngelo, planning to enter G League player pool

LiAngelo Ball, Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball’s path to the Los Angeles Lakers was swift and somewhat typical of most top-level NBA prospects. He played one year at UCLA before entering the draft and going second overall. LiAngelo Ball, on the other hand, is taking a much more circuitous route in his road to the NBA. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, LiAngelo is entering a player pool with intent to sign a G League contract.

The younger brother of Lonzo and son of LaVar Ball left UCLA after an international incident when he was caught stealing while on a trip with the UCLA basketball team. He left to play professionally in Lithuania with younger brother LaMelo in advance of the NBA Draft.

Unfortunately for the Balls, LiAngelo never heard his name on draft night and his hopes of making an NBA roster were questionable at best. He didn’t play in Las Vegas Summer League either. His prospects at signing somewhere in the G League don’t appear to be good, but never say never.

The Balls are one of the more interesting families in professional sports. Lonzo is on his way to becoming a star in the NBA, LaVar is a tireless self-promoter, LaMelo is a top-level prospect likely to enter the NBA Draft in 2020, while LiAngelo is somewhere in the middle.

LiAngelo Ball looks like the longest shot of the Ball brothers to forge a successful path in the NBA. It’s not over for him yet, but his options at a potential career in the league are vanishing.