If Lonzo Ball had been given another option, he likely never would have worn the blue and gold of the UCLA Bruins. He would have never led the country in assists, become a first-team All-American or led the Bruins to a 31-5 record and the Sweet Sixteen. He never would have stepped foot on campus in Westwood. Ball scored 16 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing four assists in the Lakers’ surprising 122-116 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at Toyota Center. His headline-a-day family was back in the news earlier in the day because of plans announced by his father, LaVar Ball, to launch a professional basketball league for high school graduates who don’t want to go to college. If that league, which LaVar Ball told ESPN will pay players up to $10,000 a month, had existed a year ago, there is a good chance Lonzo would have played in it rather than go to college. “Personally, probably,” Lonzo Ball said. “If you know you’re going to be a pick (in the NBA Draft), go ahead and get to play versus the top guys in the country and move on with your life.” The Balls are remarkably skilled at creating buzz around their brand and it’s impossible to know whether the league, called the Junior Basketball Association, will ever get off the ground. But it already has a logo: A silhouette of Lonzo Ball mid-flight for a dunk against a gold and black background. It’s an image from Summer League, said the rookie, who joins Jerry West as former Lakers featured prominently in the logo of a professional basketball league. LaVar Ball told ESPN that the league would be funded by Big Baller Brand and would consist of 80 players on 10 teams that play in NBA arenas.
Lonzo Ball would have ‘probably’ skipped UCLA if father’s proposed league had existed
L.A. Daily News | Dec 21