Rumor: LaMelo Ball struggling in interviews, could slip in draft
LaMelo Ball could go to the Timberwolves with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Ball and D’Angelo Russell would be an awkward fit in Minnesota’s backcourt, but Ball might be the best prospect available. He’s widely expected to get selected high in the draft.
Or at least was.
Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer on Sports Radio WFNZ:
There are so many smokescreens around the draft. If someone gave word that Ball was bombing interviews, that’d spread like wildfire – true or not. People love to dump on the Balls, given LaVar Ball’s bombast.
One theory: LaMelo is intentionally tanking interviews to avoid high-picking teams (ahem, Warriors) and get to a lower-picking team (ahem, Knicks). But if that’s his plan, he’s not totally devoted to it.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Ball – a 19-year-old who has been shepherded around the world to play professional basketball and jacks a ton of bad shots – interviewed poorly.
One piece of circumstantial evidence: James Wiseman has emerged as the player mentioned to generate trade rumors near the top of the draft. That doesn’t necessarily mean Ball’s stock has fallen below Wiseman’s. That could just be about the wide-open nature of this draft. But it is interesting.
That said, it also wouldn’t be surprising if this rumor – like plenty this time of year – were completely false.