Basketball teams - both at the college and NBA level - often embellish a bit when it comes to player height. But some are wondering whether one of the Ball brothers - LiAngelo - might be significantly shorter than he was listed by UCLA ahead of last season.
Ball was given a workout by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this week. Apparently, it didn't go well, and many reporters on-hand walked away questioning Ball's height.
Ball was listed at 6-foot-5 by UCLA heading into last season. Reporters came away thinking that he's more like 6-foot-2. Yes, NBA players are often listed taller than they really are. But 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-2 are almost different positions at the next level. If he's the height of a guard, he's going to have a tough time staying with his peers at the NBA level.
Either way, it doesn't look like Ball is going to get his NBA shot with the Lakers. The franchise is reportedly not interested in signing him to even its G-League affiliate.
Could he land elsewhere? Maybe, but you have to assume the Lakers workout was more a courtesy to Lonzo than anything else. It's more likely than not that LiAngelo just isn't an NBA-caliber player at this point.