Before he was a champion with Louisville, he was a high-school star. As a junior, he led the New York City Catholic League in scoring and was named to the New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State team in 2009. There are some obvious parallels between the 26-year-old and the Ball brothers. Smith told HoopsHype that he has nothing but love for the family and LaVar Ball reminds him of his father. “I can only respect how they are going to figure their lives out. The kids live a tremendous life,” said Smith. “[It’s] a life a lot of the population would wish to trade for. Shout out to Big Baller Brand and big ups to LaVar Ball.”
“China is a very forgiving place,” Smith said. “I feel like if he were to come here and do some positive things as far as camps or a clinic or something, it will all be forgotten as far as China goes.”
LaVar Ball tells TMZ Sports China would be PUMPED on his son, LiAngelo, coming back to their country to play pro ball … now that he’s done at UCLA. We got LaVar and LiAngelo at LAX … and the Big Baller dad told us the door’s wide open for his middle child to hoop in the same place he was ARRESTED for shoplifting last month. “Of course! Why not?!” LaVar said, when we asked if China would welcome Gelo back. “They would be happy to have him.”
Nicola Lupo: Former NBA point guard Semaj Christon has signed a deal in China with the Guangzhou Longlions. He was waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder during the last preseason.
Master P says LaVar Ball is dead wrong for not thanking Donald Trump … Telling TMZ Sports he believes POTUS did help get the 3 UCLA players out of jail, and thanking him is the Christian thing to do. Ball has refused to thank Trump despite the fact his son LiAngelo and the other UCLA players did, sparking a full-scale war of words between the Big Baller and #45.