Even after he went undrafted, as everyone expected, LiAngelo Ball said that he would not play in his father’s JBA. After Summer League invites failed to come, he is in the league, and he had quite the debut.
The middle ball brother went for 53 points, as well as 10 assists and rebounds for a big triple double.
Not to be totally outdone, his teammate and younger brother LaMelo Ball scored 29, with 19 assists and 17 rebounds.
The Los Angeles team blew out Philadelphia 171-140, as you’d expect with those two performances.
LiAngelo Ball made his Los Angeles debut!
Gelo: 53 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST
Melo: 29 PTS, 19 AST, 17 REB
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 13, 2018
LiAngelo Ball’s performance isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for the legitimacy of LaVar Ball’s league, though.
Obviously, LiAngelo Ball’s basketball plans have gone haywire. He was at UCLA, until the China shoplifting incident led to LaVar pulling him off the team. From there, we had the Lithuanian adventure, and then an NBA Draft process that really exposed Ball.
So here we are in the JBA. Based on the full box score, it is hard to argue that LaVar’s league hasn’t turned into a LiAngelo Ball showcase, which has so often been the case when Ball has had control of the teams that his sons play on.
53 points is very impressive. However, he did it on 42 total shots, and was just 4-for-18 from three-point range. Amazingly, he only drew one foul, and hit his lone foul shot. Based on the numbers, it was sort of reminiscent of Kobe Bryant’s final game, where nothing really mattered but his final point total.
The JBA is an interesting idea in concept. It could definitely fill a hole for players who want to collect a decent paycheck and play somewhere other than college before the NBA. However, if it is only going to be a showcase league for LaVar’s sons, people are going to see through it very quick.