LaVar Ball has made some outlandish statements about his son, Lonzo, being better than Steph Curry, Michael Jordan, or Jason Kidd. He went on say, “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.” For context, LaVar played basketball at Washington State where he averaged 2 points per game before transferring to Cal State – Los Angeles, a Division II program. He was an All-Conference player there in 1990. Not sure, but I think Jordan’s resume reads a bit better than LaVar’s…
LaVar has been involved in war of words with the likes of Stephen A. Smith, Charles Barkley, and LeBron James to mention a few and there is no sign that his lips will stop moving as he still has two more sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, who play for Chino Hills High School. In one game, while LiAngelo was out, LaMelo scored 92 points.
Now that UCLA has been ousted by Kentucky in the March Madness tournament and Freshman De’Aaron Fox of Kentucky outscored Lonzo, 39 to 10, his whole family will suffer major backlash.
My take on LaVar is that he is a brilliant marketer of his sons. They will be NBA level players and while we won’t know how good they will be at the highest level, we do know that they will mostly likely be set financially for life.
Having said that, I don’t know how his sons and his wife, Tina, feel about LaVar’s big mouth. There are reports out there indicating that Tina suffered a major stroke in February, 2017 and that LaVar has not allowed his sons to visit her due to the media attention it would draw. During a life threatening skull surgery on Tina to reduce pressure, LaVar chose to watch his sons play at Chino Hills High School instead of being with his wife.
If there is harmony within the Ball family, I’m fine with LaVar’s marketing strategy. If the reports of Tina’s health and actions that LaVar has taken are true, then it appears on the surface that there some serious family issues that LaVar needs to prioritize. After all, sports is entertainment, family is life… While I don’t know them, my prayers go out to Tina and the Ball family.
My advice to LaVar is to relax, support his family and let his son’s actions and play on the court speak for themselves. But most importantly, TAKE CARE OF YOUR WIFE !!!