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LaMelo disagrees with LaVar on potential Warriors NBA draft fit

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Are the Warriors and potential top-five draft pick, LaMelo Ball, a good fit?

LaMelo's father, LaVar, in late June explained why he believes the answer to that question is "no."

But based on what he said during a conference call Monday, LaMelo disagrees with that assessment.

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"That's the part I don't like about Golden State," LaVar said months ago. "They got Klay (Thompson) 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."

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LaMelo -- who averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.5 steals in Australia last season before a foot injury ended his season after just 13 games -- just might end up being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft (scheduled for Nov. 18).

 

While the 6-foot-6 point guard is considered a terrific playmaker and passer, draft analysts definitely have their concerns.

"Indifferent defender for much of his career," ESPN's Jonathan Givony writes. "Still reverts back to that frequently, especially off the ball. Struggles to get over screens due to his lack of strength. Has been maligned at times for his work ethic and level of focus."

The Warriors possess the rights to the No. 2 overall selection, but it will not surprise anybody if ultimately they trade the pick.

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