Lonzo Ball has shown the ability to both run a team and contribute defensively, but the obvious complaint is his 31.3 percent shooting from the field, coupled with 22.8 percent from three-point range. For LaVar Ball, it’s not about efficiency but results. “Go get the W. Do whatever it takes. That’s why I’m down here saying, ‘Rebound,'” he continued. “He’s been away from me too long. I see tendencies in his game—they’re trying to baby him a little bit.”
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Lonzo Ball credited assistant coach Brian Shaw for urging him to hit the boards more aggressively. Both his father and the Lakers coaching staff want the same result for the point guard but have very different approaches. “They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son. I know how to coach him,” LaVar Ball said. “I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.” Does he have a problem with coach Luke Walton? “No, I have a problem with losing,” Ball responded.
Luke Walton: “As you’re building, you’re on that path. It’s never [smooth]. It’s never just you get it and all of a sudden you don’t have slippage anymore. Every team goes through it. The important thing for us is that we learn from our mistakes, we keep our head up, we keep working and grinding away to get where we all want to be.” That’s the kind of talk LaVar Ball seems to shun. “What I mean by babying [Lonzo], ‘He’ll figure it out,'” Ball said. “It ain’t about that. ‘Be patient with him?’ Ain’t no patience if you’re winning.” “They’re letting it go too easy, saying they’re a young team,” he continued. “Forget about that! Put the [onus] on them. Say, ‘You guys need to win. You’ve got enough talent. Win some games.'”
Ohm Youngmisuk: LaVar Ball reiterated there’s no reason for him to thank President Trump in the case of his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA freshmen returning to the U.S. after being held in China for shoplifting. “You heard what he tweeted,” Ball said of Trump during an interview on CNN. “He tweeted because he is mad at me [that] I should have left their asses in jail. First of all, they weren’t in jail, they were in a hotel. How did they get into a hotel? Somebody had to do something. Did he do it? If he paid for the money to put up whatever we needed to do then I would say thank you. Did he do that?… He said he helped. How did he help? If he helped, I would say thank you… Do I think the president helped? I don’t know. I don’t care and I don’t know.” Ball did thank Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Adam Zagoria: “If I was going to thank somebody I would probably thank President Xi. He’s the President in China.” – LaVar Ball
“There has to be something … look (laughs), you’re the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, there has to be something more important than getting into it with LaVar Ball or Marshawn Lynch,” Van Gundy told reporters. “I mean, there just has to be something else that you can be spending your time on as president. “I don’t know. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know, North Korea, trade pacts … there just has to be something. It just can’t be at the top of your priority list, I wouldn’t think. But obviously, it is.”
“You see Gortat, he put [Wall] in trouble like that. Don’t put no pressure on your point guard like that,” LaVar told Bleacher Report after the Lakers’ 102-99 overtime victory over Washington. “He’s not me. Lonzo, I’ve been telling him since he’s been a baby. It’s easy to him.” “I already knew what was going to happen. Like I tried to tell you all, he won’t be losing two games,” LaVar said. “Even if I’m wrong or right, you know what I’m going to do? Go get me some donuts and go back to sleep.”
Marcin Gortat: man….. pleaseeeeee!!! @JohnWall will torture him for 48min 😂😂😂😂
The Lakers host Washington on Wednesday, and LaVar said that the Wizards “better beware because Lonzo ain’t losing again. Not in the same week.” On Monday, Wizards center Marcin Gortat took notice to the video and offered his own Twitter commentary on the NBA’s most outlandish parent.
Gortat quickly responded that John Wall would torture Lonzo for 48 minutes on Wednesday. When a fan commented about the pressure LaVar puts on Lonzo, Gortat said that LaVar will “kill his son one day.”
LaVar Ball fired back at Patrick Beverley after the LA Clippers guard shouted an obscenity as he walked into the locker room that was presumed to be about Lonzo Ball. After the Clippers routed the Los Angeles Lakers 108-92 and held Ball to three points, four assists and nine rebounds in his debut, Beverley was heard screaming, “weak ass m—–f—–. Bring him out on the court with me and I will tear his ass up,” as he walked off the court and into the locker room. “Yeah, you shut the m—–f—– down,” LaVar Ball told ESPN after the game. “And your check still ain’t going to go no higher than what it is. Yeah, you shut him down. OK … Who is Patrick Beverley? He played all last year and nobody said nothing about him. Now we are looking at your first game. Why? Because Lonzo’s name is attached to it.
“So you got to be [all hard],” Ball added as he slapped his fists together. “Let’s see what you do the next five games, if you are going to be pumped up towards everybody like that and go back to your 0-for-5 shooting and your two or three rebounds. Nobody is going to care about you. But you put my son’s name in it and you put my name in it, now you got some action and you got some people talking.”
“One game. OK, you still don’t have your own shoe, you are still not your own boss,” he continued. “I know why you are looking at me. And you want to tell me that I got your son! Well I got two more you can try to get some of, too. They will be here, don’t worry about it. I don’t worry about one game.”
Eric Sondheimer: Stunning news: LaVar Ball said he is pulling junior LaMelo from Chino Hills and will home-school him the next two years and train him.
“I’m going to make him the best basketball player ever,” LaVar said. “It’s good for Melo,” LaVar said. “Less distractions. He just needs to focus.” The next time people will be able to see LaMelo play is next spring in travel ball.”They’ll have to sit back and wait,” LaVar said.
Well, OK then, LaVar. But there’s just one problem: LeBron plays for the Cavaliers. Not for long, according to LaVar. He’s convinced LeBron will join Lonzo in Los Angeles next season: “I know it’s gonna happen,” Ball said. “Let’s just keep it real on the business aspect. [LeBron] is one of the best players probably, over Jordan … but the fact is he hasn’t won enough. You been to the Finals too many times and haven’t won enough. “But the other thing that makes you better is if you do a three-peat and you won for three different teams. You went to Miami and won. You went to Cleveland and won. Now come to L.A. and win, and guess what? Now you’re the greatest player ever if you win two or three in a row.
Reiter then followed up with the question on everyone’s mind: If LeBron comes to L.A. to join Lonzo, whose team will it be? “Whose team is it? Man, everybody know whose team it is — it’s Lonzo Ball’s team! LeBron’s coming over here to join us. We ain’t going over there to join him! If you come to my house, and you need somewhere to stay — it ain’t your house because you came here to stay. It’s my house!”
LaVar said, calling out the NCAA: “The only thing they worried about is the money. How you thinking about not saying that the shoe look good or nothing like that? The first thing they’re trying to say is. ‘How can we make him ineligible?’ This has never happened before. So, you don’t even have a rule for it. You’re trying to find one. To say, ‘Yo, we gotta make him ineligible because he can’t be making money off a shoe.’”
He continued: “See here’s the thing, he’s not even in the NCAA and they’re trying to make something. He’s got two more years! So why even worry about that right now? But here’s the thing, when it comes to basketball and you’re good, you just better be ready for training camp … Who cares? He won’t go to the NCAA. ‘Oh, he better go overseas.’ Why? All he gotta do is be faster and stronger. And when it’s time to prepare, we could sit out for as long as we want.”
Kristian Winfield: LaVar Ball said Carmelo Anthony should be mad he wasn’t ranked in the Top 10.
In a totally precedented move, outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball has said something ridiculous. The latest on his Big Baller Brand, according to Slam, comes via a live Instagram question and answer session in which he discussed making his own signature shoe. “I just don’t know when I’m coming out with it yet. ‘The LaVar-iccis!’ Holler at your boy! But I will give you a tip,” Ball said. “Make sure you save your money because they’re gonna be $1,500 or more. Cause I’m gonna design them and they’re gonna be fly. My bad—they’re gonna be baller-ized.”
Tania Ganguli: LaMelo Ball is committed to UCLA. His dad said if it comes down to college eligibility or having his own shoe? “He’s going to have a shoe.”
Baxter Holmes: LaVar worried LaMelo’s shoe will affect his NCAA eligibility? LaVar: “NCAA ain’t going to tell me s—t. Because they’re not my boss.”
The move, having a signature shoe for a high school junior, raised eyebrows and the specter of whether LaMelo, who is committed to UCLA, would lose his eligibility for college. And if they have to choose between LaMelo playing in college or having his own shoe? “He’s going to have a shoe,” LaVar said. “NCAA ain’t going to tell me [anything]. Because they’re not my boss. That’s what they do, but they’re not going to be like, ‘Oh, LaVar, you can’t bring that shoe out until we tell you.’ What? Something that I’m doing for my family? That’s mine? I’m not under no umbrella.”
LaMelo said he’s focused on high school before worrying about his college eligibility. “I’ve still got two years left, so I’ll worry about that when it gets there,” he said.
If it isn’t, if LaMelo can’t play at UCLA in two years, LaVar says he won’t send his son overseas. He’ll train him himself. “Everybody else got to go [overseas] because you’ve got to make some money,” LaVar said. “We [don’t] need to make money, we ain’t got to go nowhere. All we got to do is train. … I’m not going to make it a big deal where I’m like, Melo definitely has to go to college in order for him to succeed. You just gotta be ready to play and do your job.”
LaVar spoke with ClutchPoints this week to talk about the family’s new show on Facebook along with a few other few other topics including LeBron James potentially coming to the Los Angeles Lakers next year and whether he’d be a good fit playing alongside his son, Lonzo Ball. “Let me tell you this, it would be a great fit, and LeBron is coming to L.A,” LaVar told ClutchPoints. “What’s in Cleveland? You want to be a superstar, man. Superstar franchise. “It’s going to be like this, and I’m talking about reality. He’s going to say, ‘You know what? I went to Miami. Won a championship. Brought one back to my home town. I’m the only one to go to three different places and bring a championship.’
There’s one rumor I saw this week that I didn’t believe. Is Steve Nash working with Lonzo in any way? LB: “I’d say no. The reason I say no because if he was, my son would’ve said, ‘You know what I’m working out with Steve Nash.’ “What Steve Nash going to teach my boy? He’s short and slow, man. Come on.”
What did the Lakers say when they heard about the show? Any concerns expressed? LaVar Ball: “What did the Lakers say? They don’t got to ask me nothing. I ain’t going to ask them nothing. This thing got nothing to do with the Lakers. This is what my boys and my family do. What we do, on the outside. “As long as he [Lonzo] produce on that court and do what he suppose to do…this is what people get caught up on. ‘Oh shoot! Lamar Odom started dating Khloe Kardashian.’
Rather, the crowd was there primarily to watch the most entertaining showman in sports. “The best coach ever. That’s how I describe myself,” Ball told ESPN before the game. “The best coach ever. Because I said so.” It didn’t matter that Big Ballers lost 104-92; the crowd didn’t leave disappointed. LaVar walked in surrounded by cameras and microphones, giving handshakes or acknowledgments to anyone calling out his name. People in the crowd began Snapchatting as soon as he went to sit next to Lonzo during the game before his own, and kids waited around after the game to take photos with LaVar.
“The referees were cheating,” Ball said. “I can see cheating when I see it. But when I said let’s go, not one of my guys turned and looked at the other guy and was like, what are we doing, what’s going on? They all got their stuff. Loyalty, let’s go. We go as a team, we come as a team. That’s what people didn’t get. They were like, ‘Oh he’s quitting and doesn’t know the parents want to see the kids play.’ They don’t understand. Every kid on that team, I train. Nobody does that.
Several NBA players were in attendance, including Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray, Thon Maker, and LaMelo’s older brother, Lonzo. LeBron James was reportedly set to sit courtside, but after talking with event personnel, The King elected to remain in his vehicle and eventually left in an effort to avoid causing more of a commotion. “They’re gonna have to get a bigger venue,” said LaMelo’s father, LaVar, of the large crowd. “When the Big Baller Brand come to town, better get something big.”
“Duck De’Aaron Fox? Have you heard about De’Aaron Fox? Hell nah,” LaVar said on Fox Sports Radio. “You can’t hear about him unless he puts my boy’s name in his mouth. He been doing all this stuff and ain’t nobody been talking about him. So he and his dad gotta link themselves to us to be relevant. De’Aaron Fox had a whole season and the only thing they talk about is 39 points against Zo. You don’t put Zo in a sentence, nobody cares about him.”
LaVar Ball, in a radio interview with Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ on ESPN LA 710, said Monday that his son doesn’t need to tinker with his shot, despite his 38.2 percent shooting percentage in Las Vegas. “Oh, ain’t nobody tinkering with his shot. He’s going to shoot the same way, comfortable, like I said, who cares about his shot,” he said.
LaVar commented to ESPN this weekend about Lonzo’s footwear and he explained why he went from Nike to Adidas to Under Armour in consecutive games. “It’s making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind. The players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players.”
Asked whether there’s still a chance that a big shoe brand can sign his son Lonzo Ball, LaVar responded: “If the price is right. Quite frankly we are officially in the shoe game, and are a billion dollar brand either way.”
Responding to a question about Embiid’s $10,000 fine for cursing about him, LaVar Ball offered this pearl of wisdom: “He get fined every time he say a cuss word. Like I said, his vocabulary is limited. I bet he can’t say ‘F you’ more than I can say it to him. ’Cause his a—’ll be broke. When you working for somebody, shut your mouth!”
Jovan Buha: LaVar Ball says he isn’t impressed with Lonzo’s summer league performance — in which Ball averaged 17.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 9.8 assists, including two triple-doubles — because the Lakers lost games and he expects it from his son. “They say he can’t play no defense. Two five-steal games in a row. What’s defense?”
Jovan Buha: LaVar Ball responds to Joel Embiid’s fine for saying “F— LaVar Ball.”
LaVar Ball says his son’s wearing of Nike shoes Wednesday night is about the Los Angeles Lakers rookie’s freedom to choose and has nothing to do with any negotiations with the world’s largest shoe and apparel company. “Lonzo is not forced to wear any brand and can play in any shoe he wants as long as it’s OK with the NBA,” LaVar Ball told ESPN by text early Thursday morning. “This is what being independent is all about.”
When Ball made his summer league debut Friday, his father LaVar Ball said that if the Lakers ever managed to team up James with his son, they would win a championship together. James can opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers next summer. “Heck yeah!” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “Lonzo and LeBron? Come on man! That’s real deal. You don’t want to give him the best player in the world. You don’t want to give Lonzo the best player in the world and don’t get no championship? Shoot.”
Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar Ball, was among those to fire back at Delle Donne on Friday night while also taking a jab at Nike. “Let her go with Nike and see where she gets,” LaVar Ball said. “We will see her when time goes by.”
Harrison Faigen: LaVar says Lonzo already changed the culture of Lakers “Instead of going to the movies, these people were out here watching summer league”
Shaqtin’ A Fool: Lavar Ball on Joel Embiid: “i got three words for him: Can’t Play At All. Oh shoot that’s four.” #Shaqtin
LaVar Ball is coming back hard at Joel Embiid — after the NBA star fired an f-bomb at Lonzo’s dad on social media this week. “The reason he said that … his vocabulary is limited,” LaVar told TMZ Sports. “You gotta use cuss words when you don’t have no intellect.” And it didn’t stop there … “He’s not intelligent at all. He’s worried about me? He should be worrying about playing,” LaVar said … adding that Embiid has spent more time on the injury list than on the court.
In an interview with Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic (for some reason), LaVar used the interview as an opportunity to get his own swipe in on the 76ers’ young core. He said around the 17-minute mark: “When you don’t win, and don’t even make the playoffs, and don’t even stay on the court long enough, that’s the best thing you can do—is tweet and make some stuff. Ain’t nobody else doing that, because they’re working on their games in the gym. These guys ain’t played a game, always hurt, and at the bottom of the totem pole. So guess what? Get your asses off the goddamn Tweeter and get in the gym.”
Alysha Tsuji: LaVar on Lonzo: “From the words of Zeus, Jesus, everybody said he gonna be a Laker. They told me before they told ya’ll”
In an appearance on CSN’s Celtics Talk podcast, LaVar spoke about why he felt Lonzo was a better fit for the Lakers than Celtics. He pointed at the Lakers’ lack of leadership when it comes to their roster. LaVar said: “Team-wise, I think that the Lakers are a better fit. They really don’t have a leader. Boston already went to the playoffs. They pretty much already have a leader. It’s just being realistic.”
Ball also went into the approach he took with his sons, fostering a relationship with their mother when they were younger. “I told them, ‘If you’re going to be disrespectful to your mom, I want you to be all the time.’ So, excuse my language right here, but if you want to say, ‘Good morning, b—-,’ that’s fine with me,” Ball said. “I’m not going to say nothing. If you want to call your mom a b—-, that’s fine. But don’t get sick, when your stomach is hurting and you want me to care for you because you know I ain’t. … She’ll clean up the throw-up, the s—, whatever. She’ll take care of what you want. … So don’t wait until you need something, or you need her to make you something and now you want to be nice to her. … “So they never disrespect their mom, or talk back to her or say nothing. Because I say, ‘In the long run, you’re going to need her before you need me.'”
Ball later clarified remarks he made during the interview, saying that he has spanked each son once in their lives — and that has instilled a sense of fear so that he hasn’t needed to do it again. “I spanked them once,” Ball said. “To let them know there are repercussions at times. But my boys are respectful, and usually my voice is enough.”
Ball said he doesn’t regret the comments he made to Fox Sports’ Kristine Leahy on an interview last month with Colin Cowherd. Ball told Leahy to “stay in your lane” in response to a question, and he called her a “hater.” “I don’t regret anything I say … never,” Ball said. He later added, “First of all, she was disrespectful by saying that Lonzo was so scared that he didn’t want to talk to her. Lonzo didn’t want to talk to her because she was disrespecting me, so why would my son ever want to talk to you?”
Ball and his kids went shoe shopping with Complex and was asked who helped design the ZO2 sneaker and if it was a team effort. He gave an answer that led to yet another classic LaVar Ball quote (the exchange starts around the 4:35 minute mark): “Everything on that shoe, Lonzo created with no team. Just the creativity of a 19-year-old that knows what he likes. After all these shoes, it’s a mixture of everything that he likes … A shoe is not that big of a deal. It’s two things, stitching and glue. It isn’t a science project.”
There have been questions about whether Ball would want to play in Boston, considering his Los Angeles roots. His father, LaVar Ball, hasn’t been shy about his desire to see his boy play for the hometown squad. “I want him to be a Laker. But that’s just my opinion,” he said on Dale & Holley with Keefe in March. “It’s not about me liking [the Celtics] or disliking them. It’s just that we’re west coast guys,” he said. “I’d love for him to stay on the west coast where his brothers can see him all of the time. We’re a real big family. That’s just the only difference.”
Ball’s father, LaVar, has previously said that his son would only work out for the Los Angeles Lakers. “That’s all we working out for is the Lakers,” LaVar Ball told Lakers Nation earlier this month. “Just the Lakers. There’s nobody else that we need to work out for.”
During an appearance on FS1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” last week, LaVar Ball explained his preference for Lonzo to play for the Lakers over the Celtics but said, ultimately, he’d be OK if Boston drafted Lonzo. “If Lonzo goes to Boston, he turns into a 2. … Lonzo’s always going to be a point guard. He can play any position, but his true position is point guard and Boston has so many guards, you don’t need that guy,” LaVar Ball said. Later he added: “Here’s the thing: I prefer Zo to go to the Lakers, but if Boston were to choose him and Lonzo wants to play basketball, then guess what, he doesn’t care where he goes.”
Among the many athletes to comment on LaVar’s behavior was Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who said on a podcast that LaVar needs to back off and “let Lonzo be Lonzo.” Surprise, surprise — LaVar didn’t appreciate those comments. On Fox Sports’ Undisputed, LaVar scoffed at the suggestion, asking how Irving could possibly give advice when he isn’t even a father himself. “Kyrie, definitely,” LaVar said. “How you gonna tell me how my son should be when you don’t have a kid?”
The only problem is, Irving does have a kid — he’s had one since November of 2015. So LaVar got a fact wrong — no big deal, it happens more often than not. But what he said later about Irving’s late mother may have crossed the line from playful trash talk to insensitive bullying. Maybe he don’t have the relationship that me and Zo got. And I don’t think he did. First of all, your mom wasn’t there, so something’s got to change right there. It’s not the same. Lonzo can come home and see his mom and dad all the time. We’ve been together. Most people, with this talent, usually has a single parent. Not two of them together.
On FS1’s “Undisputed,” Ball replied to Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving’s recent suggestion that the famous basketball dad be prepared to “let go” once his son Lonzo is drafted. The senior Ball promptly put his foot in his mouth with his response. “Kyrie, definitely.” Ball said. “How you gonna tell me how my son should be when you don’t have a kid?” Irving’s first child was born in 2015, but that wasn’t the most offensive thing Ball said.
“Kyrie, he’s in a different situation,” he added. “So you can’t put yourself in the same situation as Lonzo. I have a wife and two other sons. You not in that situation … first of all, your mom wasn’t there, so something’s got to change right there. It’s not the same. Lonzo can come home and see his mom and dad all the time.” Irving’s mother, Elizabeth, died when he was 4 years old.
Ball was asked about dealing with the big shoe companies, and he said they will regret not making a deal with him after his son is picked by the Lakers. “Now that Lonzo’s headed to Los Angeles, what they should have done is give me a billion dollars and let me be on my way,” he said.
Fox Sports reporter Kristine Leahy, whom Ball earlier referred to as a “hater” and told to “stay in your lane” after she pressed him on the number of shoes sold, argued that for Big Baller Brand to be appealing to the big shoe companies, he would have to market his products to women. Ball scoffed at the idea. “Yeah, if you have a women’s company. … We’re talking about Big Baller Brand,” he said. Later in the interview, after several tense exchanges with Leahy, Ball said: “I never disrespect women, but I tell you what, if you act like that, something’s coming to you and it’s OK.”
LaVar is way ahead of him. “Oh, he’s going to be a Laker,” he says. “I’m going to keep talking about it until it happens.”
Those stars waited until they were stars to cut out the middleman. But already LaVar’s called out: the shoe companies, the NCAA, AAU basketball teams run by shoe companies, retail stores taking a cut of shoe and merchandise sales — basically all the gatekeepers of the world he’s trying (to conquer. Is he trying to change the system or work it? That might not matter, as long as at least one of his sons lives up to the hype he’s created for them. “People don’t understand the movement,” he says. “This is a power play to show everybody, ‘Yo, we don’t need you to make this s — .'”
LaVar Ball says he wouldn’t seek any advice for his son Lonzo Ball, a top NBA draft prospect, from retired Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant. “I don’t need no advice from Kobe Bryant,” LaVar Ball said Thursday on Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ on ESPN Radio 710 LA. “I don’t need advice from Kobe Bryant. ‘Zo’s got to play his game.
“If they’re at practice and he sees something and Lonzo listens to him or whatever, he’s good. … But it’s just not, ‘OK, I’m talking to Kobe, so now I’m going to be good.’ If Kobe sees something that ‘Zo is doing, then go from there. But I’m not trying to pattern after nobody.”
Much of social media was up in arms at the price of the main shoe, the ZO2, which retails for $495. When asked Friday about how he came up with the price point, LaVar said on ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show that he was the sole decision-maker. “I figure that’s what the shoe is worth,” LaVar said. “When you are your own owner you can come up with any price you want.”
In his meetings with the three, LaVar insisted that the company license his upstart Big Baller Brand from him. He also showed the companies a shoe prototype that he hoped would be Lonzo’s first shoe. “We’ve said from the beginning, we aren’t looking for an endorsement deal,” LaVar told ESPN. “We’re looking for co-branding, a true partner. But they’re not ready for that because they’re not used to that model. But hey, the taxi industry wasn’t ready for Uber, either.”
Ball would not disclose how big the Big Baller Brand has become — the company sells hats and t-shirts ranging from $38 to $100 on its website — but he said that current sales numbers shouldn’t have been on the mind of the shoe companies. “When Facebook bought Whatsapp for $19 billion, those guys weren’t profitable,” LaVar said.
After Nike exec George Raveling referred to the outspoken basketball dad as the “worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years” earlier this week, Ball took to his Instagram account to respond. “Let me tell you something: I know I’m on the right step because if nothing ain’t happen like this in 100 years, guess what? We in a new lane, baby,” said Ball in a video. “That Big Baller Brand about to be your competition.”
LaVar says: “So I’m the worst thing that happened in 100 years? That’s because everybody been in the darkness for 100 years, but you know how this bothers me? Not at all. Big Baller’s chicken. Big Baller’s barbecue. Call it what you want. “But George Raveling, you the worst man to be a best man. That’s what I heard. How you gonna go to a guy’s wedding and then stab him in the back? And you say this the worst thing I’m doing is talking and making chicken? “Let me tell you something, I know I’m on the right step because if nothing like this ain’t happen in 100 years, then guess what? We in a new lane, baby. That Big Baller Brand about to be your competition.”
“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” LaVar Ball said. “I told Lonzo – ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out the that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”
A day after LeBron James told him to “keep my kids’ name out of your mouth,” LaVar Ball doubled down on his opinion that the children of star athletes don’t themselves become star athletes. “I gave an opinion on what I felt about no superstars’ kids really being superstars and the fact that they have to live up to their parents or to their fathers or whatever. I have yet to see one, and I’ve been around for 50 years,” Ball said in an interview with SiriusXM’s “Full Ride” on Wednesday. “Have you seen one where the superstar’s son is just as good or better than him? I said a superstar. I ain’t saying just a regular player. I’m talking about a guy who we picture as an icon — a Dr. J, an Allen Iverson, a LeBron James. If somebody asks me a question, I’m gonna give them an answer.”
Not content to just reiterate his point, Ball also went on the offensive against James on Wednesday. “I don’t care what LeBron said,” Ball said. “He talking about he warned me. He warned me for what? What is a warning going to do? Nothing.”
Appearing Tuesday on FOX Sports Radio’s JT “The Brick” with Tomm Looney show, Ball reiterated his comments about LeBron’s sons just hours after the Cleveland Cavaliers star asked that he keep his family out of it. “I have no problem with LeBron, they asked me a question about if I thought superstar players’ kids were good. My opinion is I’ve never seen one that’s been really good. LeBron is going to make his kids one of the best players ever according to him.”
The full interview is well worth your time, but LaVar goes on to say that he’s not going to change his ways, no matter who he offends. “I don’t care, they not going to stop me from doing what I’m doing. If they get a little touchy about it, who cares,” Ball said. “They’re not gonna do nothing to me and I’m not gonna do nothing to them, it’s not a big deal.”
The Bruins kicked off their NCAA run Friday night with a convincing 97-80 win over Kent State, and Lonzo, to his credit, hasn’t let the surrounding noise get to him. But Ball’s father seems to have already turned his attention to the NBA. “Why shouldn’t they (pick Lonzo first)? … If you’ve got a kid who makes everybody better, you mean to tell me you wouldn’t take him over a guy that’s just averaging 40 points and does all this stuff and losing? The key to the game is winning. If you want a winner, you pick my boy,” LaVar told TMZ.
Fultz, whose Washington Huskies didn’t make the tournament, averaged just over 23 points and nearly six rebounds and assists this season. The Huskies were just 9-22 on the season, and Fultz has already announced his intention to go pro. Despite Fultz’s gaudy numbers, Ball’s father, unsurprisingly, continued stumping for his son. “Look what he did to UCLA. They 15-17 last year. You bring one dude and change the culture, that’s what you want,” he said. “He’s going to go to the Lakers. Watch. The Lakers gonna get that ball, and then they gonna get that Ball.”
In the interview, Ball was asked about the pressure that comes to sons of former great players. He used the question as a soapbox to claim that LeBron James’ sons essentially don’t stand much of a chance to emerge as basketball stars. As noted by 247 Sports, here’s the full context of the elder Ball’s quote: Here’s the thing, you gotta play the odds and the percentages,” said Ball. “There’s been a lot of great players, and all of their sons are whack.” “Kareem’s got sons, Jordan’s got sons, Shaq’s got sons.” “His son is pretty good too,” said Broussard.
“His son is alright,” Ball quickly interjected. “…the monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn’t that good. They were OK, they was players, but the fact that the old Curry wasn’t no All-Star, he wasn’t cold. He could shoot the ball though. Kobe Bryant, his dad wasn’t all that, that’s why he’s such a monster.” You got LeBron, it’s gonna be so hard for his kids, cause they gonna look at them like ‘you gotta be just like your dad.’ And after a while that pressure starts sitting on you like ‘why do I gotta be like him, why can’t I just be me?’ And then they’re gonna be like ‘aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high.”
During the interview, Ball also said he is prepared to package Lonzo and his two other sons — LiAngelo, a high school senior who has signed with UCLA, and LaMelo, a high school sophomore who has committed to UCLA — for a marketing deal with Nike, Adidas or Under Armour. “A billion dollars, it has to be there,” Ball said. “That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years.”
The Ball boys already are riding in style — at least the two that have driver’s licenses. Lonzo and LiAngelo each drive $100,000 BMWs, said Ball, who is a self-employed personal trainer and whose wife, Tina, is a middle school physical education teacher. “To get my boys a little $100,000 car, that’s nothing,’’ he said. “I don’t have to pay for education. I’m saving over $1 million dollars.”
If you thought LaVar Ball sounded outrageous when he said his son Lonzo, a freshman point guard at UCLA, is better than Steph Curry, well, you haven’t heard anything yet. “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,’’ said Ball, the 49-year-old basketball dad who is 6-6 and 270 pounds and has a mouth to match his size. The mouth was motoring during a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports while LaVar Ball stood in the kitchen of his home here, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles and heaven only knows how far from reality.
It’s worth noting that Ball played basketball for Washington State during the 1987-88 season and averaged 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds a game before transferring to Cal-State Los Angeles in search of more playing time. Jordan, meanwhile, averaged 35 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Chicago Bulls that same season and is widely regarded as the greatest player in basketball history. “Now in a game of five-on-five, (Jordan) might do some damage, but I’m going to do some damage too,’’ Ball added.
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Fans should be “cautiously optimistic” Spurs franchise player Kawhi Leonard will return to the court sooner rather than later, as coach Gregg Popovich recently put it, provided his lingering condition hasn’t been diagnosed as chronic, an expert with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City said Tuesday. “I think he’s going to be fine if they are truly saying what is wrong with him,” said Sabrina Strickland, an orthopedic sports surgeon who has been in practice more than 20 years. “Usually, it’s just a matter of doing the appropriate type of treatment to get better tissue in that area.”
A Spurs spokesman said Tuesday in a text message there still is “no timeline at this point” for Leonard’s return. Leonard has been sidelined since just before the start of the preseason with what the Spurs say is right quadriceps tendinopathy, a condition that can cause the tendon to tire from overuse.
“Typically, with rest and physical therapy, they get over it and get back (in action) pretty quickly,” Strickland said. “But with ones that are more chronic, that’s when players tend to have more aggressive treatment, something more evasive than just the rest-and- rehab route, such as platelet rich plasma (therapy), and that can slow them down for a while because you have to allow some time for that to work.” Strickland said, given how long Leonard has been out, that could be the case with him. The Spurs haven’t made Leonard available to the media since the start of training camp.
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As he sat at his locker after returning from a five-game layoff, only to be part of an 11th loss in 12 games, Patrick Beverley expressed how “pissed off” he was. “This … feels like 100 losses,” Beverley said. “Straight up. This … is weak. This ain’t how I roll. That ain’t OK and I won’t allow it to be OK as long as I’m here. That’s a fact.”
“Hell no,” Beverley said. “We just got to play harder. That’s it. We just got to play harder. You get rid of the mistakes by playing hard. We’re not playing hard; the first unit, not the whole team. I challenged the first unit to play harder.”
Lillard says the two never had a problem, and that Aldridge has already heard everything he says in this article. Lillard’s point in bringing up his experience with Aldridge is that it helped shape his approach in how to mentor Nurkic. “Me and LaMarcus had a good relationship. We never had a single argument. We really got along,’’ Lillard said. “I’m just saying the stuff I want to go out of my way to do for (Nurkic), is the stuff I wish I got from LaMarcus.’’