There has been a lot of hype surrounding potential first overall pick LaMelo Ball. Despite electing not to play for a college, Ball has been catching a lot of attention for his play in Australia’s NBL — where he averaged 17 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game on 37% shooting.
Since the Warriors are projected to have a high lottery pick in the upcoming Draft, their name has been thrown in as a potential destination for the young Ball brother.
But, in an interesting statement made by his father, LaVar, he suggested the pairing might not be the best fit.
“That’s the part I don’t like about Golden State,” LaVar Ball said of the Warriors on the Say Less with Kaz podcast. “They got Klay and the other guys, and now you want to put Melo in that mix to say you got to follow these guys. Melo ain’t no follower. He don’t need to do what they do, let them do they thing.
“There’s a reason you are looking at my son. He’s talented and can play the game. It ain’t that hard. Guy is open, and you pass it to them. You open and you been working on your shot? Shoot the ball. It’s fast-paced, it’s good. But don’t be like Melo got to his turn and wait for two or three years to go by and learn from the veterans. Ain’t about that. Can you play or not?
“And when you special, how do you coach somebody special? You just enjoy it, and they special because of the things they do. Enjoy it. Let him do what he does.”
LaVar is known for his outlandish comments, but (in this case) he might be right. As a ball-dominant guard and shooter, his fit with the Warriors is questionable considering they already have two players with similar playstyles.
This might be the reason why the Dubs aren’t as high on LaMelo as other teams.
Nonetheless, anything can happen come draft night and for a guy as talented as Meloyou can expect every team to consider him when it’s their turn to pick.