LiAngelo Ball is closing in on officially making an NBA roster. Considering all that Ball has gone through, now seems like the perfect time to open up about a very public scandal that set him back a few years ago.


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The middle Ball brother spoke to Shams Charania of The Athletic this week. In the interview, Ball addressed his well-publicized shoplifting incident in China back in 2017 that led to his departure from the UCLA basketball team.

“It made me who I am today,” said Ball of the scandal. “I done dealt with so much. I done heard everything — good and bad. Nothing really bothers me. My skin is thick. When I play today, I just keep that same energy. 

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“For sure, people cast judgment,” Ball continued. “I was young, I don’t look back on that. I just learned from it and kept pushing. I’m not gonna let one decision mess up my whole life.”

Ball has come a long way since that incident, and he is ready for a chance to prove he belongs in the NBA. Ball was a summer league standout, and he hopes to ride that wave into a roster spot in the NBA.