Lavar Ball reveals stunning offer rejected by Hawks
LaVar Ball, American basketball personality and the well-known father of LaMelo, Lonzo and LiAngelo, has revealed the Illawarra Hawks knocked back his stunning proposal to pair two of his sons together.
Joining the NBL as part of the league's 'Next Stars' program which aims to help young athletes reach the NBA, Lavar's youngest son, LaMelo, was a member of the Hawks this past season.
The American teenager stunned basketball across the globe by not only notching multiple triple-doubles, hitting a three-point buzzer beater and selling out arenas across Australia, but earlier this month he earned the NBL's Rookie of the Year award despite making only 12 appearances out of a possible 28.
However, it appears Australian basketball fans might've missed out on one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the country after Lavar admitted the Hawks knocked back his request to pair two of his sons together.
Speaking exclusively to Wide World of Sports, Lavar revealed he approached the Hawks on potentially pairing Melo with older brother LiAngelo after Hawks' guard Aaron Brooks went down with a torn Achilles.
He said the approach was knocked back by the NBL club.
"When Aaron Brooks went down, I was like, 'Man, this would be a great opportunity to put Gelo (LiAngelo) on the team and you will start winning,'" Lavar said.
"Melo's very comfortable with him, you have a scorer who can shoot the heck out of the ball, and you have a bigger body than what you had."
Lavar said the addition of LiAngelo didn't sit well with people in the Hawks' organisation, who felt pairing the two brothers would become a distraction to the club.
"You're going to have a lot of success at winning, but some people on the outside looked at like it wasn't going to fit," he said
"But who wouldn't want to come see the two Ball brothers playing together?
"And now you say 'Oh, Melo's reunited with his brother, they're not going to lose,' but what's going to come with it is, 'They only pass to each other, they take all the shots.'
"Now it's no longer the Illawarra Hawks, it's just the Melo and LiAngelo show. That's when they were like, 'we don't want that.'"
Wide World of Sports reached out to the Illawarra Hawks for a response to Lavar Ball's claims but didn't hear back.