As LaVar Ball weighs options for his middle son, it's safe to say that a jump to the National Basketball Association shouldn't be one of them. "He's out of there".
The UCLA freshman guard appeared Tuesday with his father, LaVar Ball, "TODAY" for an interview, in which they offered insights into LiAngelo's recent arrest in China and subsequent withdrawal from school.
LaVar says he sent some of Lonzo Ball's signature shoes over to the White House, and then mocked the situation by saying Trump should thank him for it. LaVar was referring to the fact Trump wanted the father to thank him for his part in helping LiAngelo out of China after his shoplifting scandal.
The incident also resulted in a feud between LaVar and Trump, who insisted he helped convince Chinese president Xi Jinping to release LiAngelo and his two teammates.
When Cuomo pushed him to confirm that he had sent the President of the United States athletic shoes, Ball clarified, "I sent him three pairs: Red, white, and blue, to show him that we're patriotic. and didn't get a thank you".
As of now, it certainly looks like the Ball's affiliation with UCLA is over.
LaVar Ball explained his reasons for pulling his son out of school just months after enrolling.
UCLA coach Steve Alford said in a statement on Monday that he learned of Ball's intention to withdraw that day.
LiAngelo Ball, 19, has remained suspended and has not played for UCLA, prompting LaVar Ball to announce his son would leave the university and seek to enter the National Basketball Association draft next June.
Sam Vecenie, a college hoops and NBA Draft reporter for The Athletic, noted that LiAngelo may not even have many overseas options, let alone the NBA. The elder Ball pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of Chino Hills High recently in favor of home schooling him. "That's just a long time of doing nothing - I'd rather be playing". "We respect the decision he and his family have made, and we wish him all the best in the future".
LiAngelo was set to become the second member of the Ball family to suit up for the Bruins.