"Fifty percent of the people are going to like it and 50 percent (are) going to be like, 'Man, that dude's ungrateful, '" Ball said Tuesday, referring to his reaction to Trump claiming responsibility for ensuring his son, LiAngelo Ball, didn't end up incarcerated in China following an arrest for shoplifting.
LaVar Ball says in a TV interview his "grand plan" is for all three sons to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
It's absurd to suggest that LiAngelo and his fellow teammates shouldn't have been suspended for shoplifting in China, especially given the global news it caused, and drawing President Trump into the story. President Trump, who was on a tour of Asia, personally intervened with President Xi Jinping of China to get the issue settled.
The three players are subject to review for violating the university's Student Conduct Code, which includes a section on theft. Fed up with the punishment, LaVar pulled his son out of school.
"China already said, 'OK, you made a bad mistake". And we gotta serve some more punishment? Trump then tweeted he "should have left them in jail".
Equally freaky and controversial is the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers are going to enforce a policy that's called the "LaVar Ball Rule" that bars reporters from a section of Staples Center that's near family and associates of players after games, especially since Ball has been very critical of the team's coaches and players in recent weeks, according to a report from ESPN.
The announcement comes just two months after Ball chose to pull his other son, LaMelo, out of Chino Hills High School.
National Basketball Association insiders don't expect any team to draft LiAngelo, especially in light of his brief college tenure.
"We learned [Monday] of LiAngelo Ball's intention to withdraw from UCLA", Alford said, as reported by CBS Sports.
LiAngelo Ball's college career - at least for the 2017 school year - would have been on hold anyway.