Lonzo Ball: No word from LiAngelo amid situation in China


Lonzo Ball says he has not spoken with his younger brother LiAngelo since he and two other UCLA basketball players were reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China.

The trio were originally looking at up to 10 years in a Chinese prison for stealing some Louis Vuitton Shades in a country where they scored a 99.9 conviction rate just last year, but according to Bleacher Report, the punishment will likely just be a couple of weeks at the hotel as well as never returning to China again.

The three UCLA basketball players questioned over shoplifting allegations in Hangzhou, China, could face a lengthy legal limbo depending on the actions of authorities handling their case, an expert in Chinese law said Wednesday.

The championship and consolation games are the next day.

During the Golden State-Minnesota broadcast on Wednesday night, ESPN NBA color commentator Jeff Van Gundy blasted the Pac-12 for its decision to send UCLA and Georgia Tech to China for an early-season college basketball game.

The sources said police had released the three on condition that they remain at their luxury hotel in Hangzhou while the legal process plays out.

But Jerome Cohen, the faculty director of New York University's U.S. -Asia Law Institute, told USA Today the fact the players were released on bail and allowed to leave police custody was a "very good sign" they'd be given a light sentence.

A US State Department official said the department was aware of reports that three American citizens were arrested in China and stood ready to provide assistance, but had no further comment due to privacy concerns.

UCLA Coach Steve Alford has confirmed that the three players will not play in Friday's game.

LaVar Ball (right) sits next to sons LiAngelo (center) and LaMelo (left). "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards", he added. "He'll be fine. Everyone's making it a big deal. It ain't that big of a deal".