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Sport LaMelo Ball says he's not concerned with where his father LaVar wants him to get drafted: 'I'm my own man'

11:20  29 september  2020
11:20  29 september  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

Report: Warriors likely to pass on drafting LaMelo Ball

  Report: Warriors likely to pass on drafting LaMelo Ball Those hoping for LaMelo Ball to become the third Splash Brother in Golden State are probably out of luck. © Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports LaMelo Ball likely won't be heading to the Bay Area. Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that the Warriors will likely pass on drafting Ball. Letorneau also mentions Tyrese Haliburton from Iowa State and Killian Hayes from France as point guards Golden State might be higher on than Ball. The Warriors hold the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft.

While LaVar Ball has said he thinks Golden State would be a bad fit for his youngest son, a potential top-five pick, LaMelo Ball said he ' s his " own man " and will play anywhere. "Like I said , I feel I could play on any team and do good anywhere I go, so anything that happens, I ' m positive."

LaVar Ball has said that the Warriors aren't a good fit for his youngest son, but LaMelo isn’t buying that. “ He ' s his own man ,” he said . I ' m a Basketball and Tennis insider who contributes to The New York Times, NJ Advance Media and newspapers nationwide.

Over the past few years, LaVar Ball's influence on the basketball world has faded, but the Big Baller himself is still trying to speak things into existence. His latest efforts to bend events to his will came in an interview earlier this summer, when he said he didn't want his son LaMelo Ball to be drafted by the Golden State Warriors.

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The youngest Ball son is expected to be a top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft this fall, and the Warriors have the No. 2 overall pick. Depending on how things go, Ball might already be off the board by the time the Warriors are on the clock, and that's if the Warriors even end up keeping the pick.

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“He’ll beat anybody 50 years old,” LaVar Ball said of his son, in what must qualify as one of his On the other hand, it was only four years ago that Jordan beat one of his own Hornets players, Michael He ’ s too little,” Ball , 48, told Kimmel. After Ball added, “You know I ’ m undefeated one-one-one; I

LaVar Ball (right) with his sons LiAngelo (second from left) and LaMelo Ball (left) during a press conference after LiAngelo and LaMelo ’ s first training session I cannot figure out if LaVar Ball , the enigmatic father of three basketball prodigies, is a genius using common man ’ s -speak or, really just a

But whatever happens, LaMelo isn't concerned with his dad's comments. In an interview with reporters on Monday, the 19-year-old said he can fit in with any team. Via ESPN:

"Well, I'm my own man. He's his own man. He has his opinions, I have mine. Like I said, I feel I could play on any team and do good anywhere I go, so anything that happens, I'm positive. Anywhere is a great fit. I mean, it's the NBA. You put me with good players, I feel like it's even gonna be better."

Ball has had a fascinating journey, leaving high school to play professionally in Lithuania in one of LaVar's schemes, before returning stateside to play at SPIRE Institute, a prep school in Ohio. With questions surrounding his eligibility to play in NCAA, he made his way to Australia, joining the NBL's Illawarra Hawks. He registered multiple triple-doubles and won the league's Rookie of the Year Award, despite the fact that he left the team in January after suffering a bruised foot.

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LaVar Ball is a black man , and owning a league that will now bypass the NCAA makes him a dangerous black man . It’ s one thing for him to make decisions for his own money: Currently, Ball has pulled two of his sons— LaMelo from Chino Hills High School, and LiAngelo from UCLA—and has

2 He says he (meet) us at the bus stop, but I ’ m sure he (forget) to tur up. 3 Don’t ring now; she (watch) her favourite TV programme. He ’ s had his licence suspended. 3 Pupil to teacher: I (not come) back next term. My parents want me to get a job. 4 Headmaster: I (not have) girls here in slacks.

Since returning to the States, Ball has been preparing for the draft with his manager, Jermaine Jackson Sr. There's no clear consensus for the No. 1 pick this year, in what is seen as a rather weak class. But with his size at the point guard position, and high-level passing ability, Ball has established himself as one of the leading candidates.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have not made any decisions about whether or not they want to trade the No. 1 overall pick, but if they end up keeping it, Ball is likely to be their selection, Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report, reported earlier this week.


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