LaMelo Ball made headlines when he dropped 92 points in a high school game, and the younger brother of Lonzo Ball already has a UCLA scholarship lined up. But with the shadow of his father's Big Baller Brand looming over him, the youngest Ball son is a target any time he steps on the court.
That much is clear after watching the latest, uh, "highlight" tape of Ball making its way around Twitter. The first shot you see him throw up is an airball, and it doesn't get a lot better from there:
This dude LaMelo Ball has to be the worst person imaginable to play with pic.twitter.com/QGsUPLha6w— NBA All Access (@nballaccess) May 28, 2017
While most high school athletes can live in anonymity as they work through their struggles, Ball is not exactly your average high schooler. Once the video started circulating, everyone started lining up to roast the poor kid.
When your 2k MyPlayer is a 55 but shooters shoot pic.twitter.com/Y0naJdDxJM— #Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) May 28, 2017
Lamelo Ball may be the most overrated prospect iv ever seen. Horrible shot iq, can't play defense and makes 0 attempt to play any help— Robby Shoess (@RobbyShoess) May 28, 2017
@hardROClife The one that sticks on the rim had me dying— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) May 28, 2017
If it wasn't clear from the video, Ball's AAU team got absolutely run off the floor during the game, losing by 52 points to their opponent, the Compton Magic. The Compton Magic are an AAU powerhouse, but that's not going to stop anyone from piling on and slandering the Ball family, particularly after his dad was spotted giving a halftime speech mocking how boring their performance was.
LaVar Ball addresses his AAU team, the Big Ballers, at halftime of a 109-57 loss to the Compton Magic Saturday in Orange, Calif. pic.twitter.com/cQ0bWmfe2b— Josh Peter (@joshlpeter11) May 28, 2017
With the Magic running the score up, LaVar Ball reportedly informed those in attendance of his post-game plans to diffuse the tension. "This ain’t nothing but entertainment," he said. "You want to know what I’m going to do when I get out of here? I’m going to get a burger, lay down and take a nap.’’
Unlike with Lonzo—who is old enough to distance himself from LaVar's buffoonery—LaMelo doesn't really have a way out of this situation. He's still living under his father's roof and has him coaching his team, so speaking out against his dad isn't much of an option. At 15 years old, he just has to grin and bear it, hoping his game will shut up the critics over time.
Since that's the route he has to take, he better do his best to avoid any more performances like Saturday night's beatdown. I might feel a little bad for him, but I'm still going to laugh my ass off every time I see him shoot a jumper that gets stuck on the rim.