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Tuesday’s Mashup: LaVar Ball to home-school LaMelo, doesn’t want to deal with high school coaches

Lucy Burdge
October 03, 2017 - 7:58 am

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-- LaVar Ball said he plans to pull his son LaMelo out of Chino Hills High School for his final two years to home-school him.

Chino Hills hired a new basketball coach, Dennis Latimore, in May and LaVar is not a fan.

"It's a new coach and I don't like him one bit," LaVar said of Latimore. "[LaMelo]'s on track for UCLA, but he doesn't have to be dealing with those knuckleheads. I'm not letting them mess with his head anymore. You can put that on the principal and the coach over there. That coach has his own frame of mind on how he wants to play and who he picks in the team. OK, y'all got all that going on, let's see how you do without my tutelage. Without me training those players at my house. It seems like anybody who's training over here, that coach don't want him in the team."

"I'm not dealing with the coach over there," LaVar went on. "I'm not dealing with the administration over there. I don't want no distractions on Melo. So therefore I'm going to home-school him and make him the best basketball player ever."

LaMelo is committed to play for UCLA for the 2019 class and is looking forward to this academic change "because I can spend all my time now and dedication into it instead of going to school and doing book work," he said.

"The coach made a comment the other day. He said, 'all those 50 shots a game, that's going to stop.' So I'm like, 'Wow,'" LaVar said. "And every kid he talks to, he asks which AAU program they play for and as soon as they mention my name, he goes the other way. I'm not going to put my son through all that."

-- Braves general manager John Coppolella resigned on Monday amid an MLB investigation into international signing rules violations.

The team announced the resignation citing a "breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market."

Gordon Blakeley, a special assistant to the GM who was the team's international scouting chief, resigned as well.

MLB is reportedly investigating Coppolella in areas other than international signing and this international player market infraction could be just "the tip of the iceberg.”

Coppolella was promoted to GM and signed a four year contract two years ago almost to the day of his resignation. John Hart, the Braves' president of baseball operations, will serve as GM until the team hires a replacement.

In a news conference on Monday, Hart said the Braves organization cooperated with the MLB investigation and doesn’t know if the team will be penalized.

"As we went into the last 72 hours, I think in their investigation they dug up a number of things that were quite serious as far as the MLB rules," Hart said. "Ultimately, I think because of what they did dig up and what they did have, I think it sort of drove us into the spot we're in right now."

Under Coppolella, the Braves farm system was overhauled through the domestic draft, the international signing period and trades with high-profile veteran players.

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