LaVar Ball is the closest thing we have to a wrestling manager in actual sports and has generally used that carnival barking to good effect for his three sons. But he may be skating on thin ice, now. After taking his two younger sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo out of their respective schools so they could play professionally in Lithuania, LaVar is now claiming that Lonzo could leave the Lakers when his contract runs up. It seems this will be in furtherance of his now stated goal to have all three brothers play on the same team.
Lonzo has had a rocky start to his NBA career, struggling mightily earlier in the season—which is fine, rookies struggle—and has been on the shelf since spraining his MCL in a game against the Dallas Mavericks on January 13. But it is perhaps not the best time to start daydreaming about setting up a family dynasty somewhere else with a 35 percent field goal shooter as the centerpiece. Although, I didn't think it would ever be the right time to put a $200 sandal on the market, so what do I know.
Anyway, according to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas, LaVar says if Los Angeles does not sign LiAngelo this year, Lonzo will leave the Lakers when his contract is up and will only sign with a team that takes on his two younger brothers as well. Good news, though: LaMelo and LiAngelo will take paycuts, since the make so much money off the court.
After arriving in Lithuania on January 3, LiAngelo and LaMelo just won their first game in the LKL yesterday.
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