The reality show that is the Ball Family produced another surprising announcement today as future UCLA Basketball point guard, LaMelo Ball, has been pulled from his high school and will be home schooled and trained by his eccentric father, LaVar Ball.
"I'm not dealing with the coach over there", Ball said, via Shelburne. Ok, y'all got all that going on, let's see how you do without my tutelage. A prospect only needs to be 19 years old and one year removed from the graduation date of his high school class. It's good for Melo. Without me training those players at my house. Which could mean he could enter the 2020 NBA Draft having played only summer/AAU competition in the previous three seasons.
All this seems a bit fitting for Chino Hills, which reacted to LaVar's ludicrous public criticism of previous coach Stephan Gillig as he led the program to a 30-3 record in 2016-17 by opening the position, meaning Chino will have its third coach in three years despite extraordinary recent success. He has a vision for how his sons will blossom into National Basketball Association prospects and he's unafraid to go to war if the slightest detail isn't to his liking.
Lonzo Ball is the one on the court playing basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers, but it's his father, LaVar, who is continuing to make headlines. LaVar also repeatedly used Lonzo's likeness to promote Big Baller Brand items, a choice that suggested the threat of the NCAA ruling his son ineligible didn't particularly faze him.
While even LaVar doesn't have the juice to force UCLA to cycle through coaches, he can make life hard for Alford if he chooses.