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Brand new Ball game: LaMelo Ball training in Detroit hoping to bolster NBA Draft stock

Detroit — A nondescript SUV pulls into the parking lot at Detroit Thrive gym on Detroit’s east side and there’s some chatter as 19-year-old LaMelo Ball and his brothers, Lonzo and LiAngelo, head inside for a daily workout.

There’s no entourage, no fans, no reality-show camera crew, no pomp or circumstance surrounding LaMelo, the potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.

It’s a work day. Every day is a work day.

Mike Fox, Ball’s trainer and co-owner of the gym, puts LaMelo and his brothers to work right away, with specific instructions reinforcing what the workout regimen will be for the day.