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LaVar Ball reacts to reports he’s considered ‘baggage’ to teams wanting to draft LaMelo Ball

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Bleacher Report recently reported that LaMelo Ball could see his NBA Draft stock drop due to LaVar Ball being a “wild card.”

LaVar, on the latest episode of Pardon My Take, reacted to that report. Via Lonzo Wire:

“No. I couldn’t be baggage … But here’s the thing. If you don’t take my son LaMelo [based] on how you feel about me, he ain’t supposed to be there anyway. I’m not on the court.

“People like to make the narrative, ‘Oh he put pressure on them.’ No, no, no. My sons wouldn’t be where they’re at without me.”

LaMelo Ball impressed scouts in Australia, where he played 12 games in the NBL before a foot injury ended his season early. LaMelo is preparing for the 2020 NBA Draft and he’s expected to be a top pick.

LaMelo averaged 17.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists in the NBL. Now that he’s taller and stronger, NBA scouts believe he can succeed at the NBA level, though he remained turnover prone in the NBL.

LaMelo can hit 3s in bunches due to his quick release, but he’s a very streak shooter, just like his brother, New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball.

Like Lonzo, though, LaMelo is a gifted passer, with one scout even likening the youngest Ball brother to Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic.

Regardless of LaMelo’s talent, it’s not that big of a secret that LaVar is very hands on — to say the least — about his sons’ careers. So it’s also not that shocking that some teams could be turned off by LaVar’s overbearing “basketball dad” tendencies.