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'LaVar Ball Effect' Reportedly Hurting LiAngelo Ball's Pro Career

LaVar Ball wearing a big baller brand hat.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: LaVar Ball, father of second overall pick Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks to media during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

If LiAngelo Ball doesn't get an opportunity to play for an NBA team this summer, he may have his boisterous father LaVar Ball to blame.

As expected, the middle Ball brother did not get drafted last night. He is seen as the least talented of the three brothers, without the great playmaking ability of his older brother Lonzo, or the potential of the younger LaMelo.

There was never a guarantee that any NBA team would have interest in bringing him on, even for a Summer League or G-League look. However, plenty of prospects without true NBA ability get looks at those level.

Given Lonzo Ball's status with the Lakers as a promising player coming off of a solid rookie campaign, there was some thought that LiAngelo might at least get a shot with the Lakers this summer. The team did work him out during the pre-draft process.

However, that doesn't appear to be happening.

Ramona Shelburne reports that LiAngelo Ball won't be a Laker, and insinuates that LaVar Ball could be to blame.

That last bit as actually a bit of a surprise. Turning LiAngelo down for basketball reasons would be a very legitimate move, but the fact that Shelburne's source couldn't help but hint at, as she called it, "the LaVar effect" is telling.

If the Lakers, which do want to keep a good relationship with Lonzo at the very least, won't invite LiAngelo, it doesn't sound like he has much hope from the rest of the NBA. No one else has an investment in the family, and there is no way another team is going to willingly bring on the LaVar Ball headache.

If not the Summer League, it is unclear what options LiAngelo Ball has. He is coming off of playing in Lithuania, during which he had some decent games, so that may be an option, but with LaVar Ball's JBA kicking off on Thursday night, he might be going it alone.

For those wondering if LaVar Ball would ultimately prove to be a detriment to his sons, that appears to be the case for at least one of the three.