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Basketball sensation LaMelo Ball has opened up about life under the spotlight in the United States as he continues his fledgling career in Australia.
The 18-year-old moved to New South Wales from his home in California this year to play for the Illawarra Hawks in the National Basketball League.
Thanks - Father - LaVar - LaMelo - Brothers
Thanks to his outspoken father LaVar, LaMelo and his brothers Lonzo - who plays in the NBA for the New Orleans Pelicans - and LiAngelo have all been much-hyped basketball prospects as youngsters, starring in their own reality TV show 'Ball in the Family' and being the faces of their father's 'Big Baller Brand'.
Lavar decided that LaMelo would skip the traditional path of going to university after leaving high school and would instead play professionally in Lithuania with LiAngelo.
LaMelo - Move - Australia - Pick - NBA
LaMelo then made the move to Australia and is shaping as a top pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
Ball is living with his manager Jermaine Jackson in Wollongong, who said the teenager has been used 'like a prostitute' by those around him.
Ball - Childhood - Things - Teenagers
Ball opened up about his unusual childhood, saying he had to sacrifice things other teenagers would take for granted as he chased his...
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