LaVar Ball Rumors
The Junior Basketball Association (JBA) USA team has found its head coach. According to JBA Media, the official media outlet for the JBA league, LaVar Ball will be the head coach of the JBA USA team for the upcoming international season. Alan Foster, LaVar’s business partner, will resume the role of president of basketball operations.
The coach of a Lithuanian basketball team lashed out at the Ball family and Big Baller Brand on Thursday, four months after LaVar Ball abruptly pulled his sons off the squad and reportedly took his company’s financial support with him. “The first and most crucial mistake we made was allowing them, especially LaVar, think that they are in charge of the club — its decisions, its plans and even the game,” coach Virginijus Seskus said in a statement released by the Prienai-Birstonas Vytautas, now known as BC Prinai-Skycop, of the Lithuanian league on Thursday. “His boys were nowhere near the level of the LKL, let alone NBA, which the league obviously understands, seeing the draft outcome.”
The Big Baller patriarch’s company sponsored the BC Prinai-Skycop team in the Lithuanian pro league for four months before he abruptly pulled out with two games remaining in the season. LaVar Ball claimed differences with head coach Virginijus Seskus for the rift, but the team issued a news release on Thursday claiming Ball and his family were the real problem.
In the latest episode of Ball in the Family, their agent, Harrison Gaines, briefed both LiAngelo and LaVar of the slim possibility that LiAngelo had at getting drafted. They were looking at one pick – Phoenix at No. 59 – and that was it. Gaines then presented LiAngelo and LaVar with the option of withdrawing from the draft.
During his recent appearance on Power 106 radio in Los Angeles, the outspoken father of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball said the team still belongs to his son. “How is it going to be LeBron’s team? He ain’t homegrown,” LaVar said. “You say what you want but we know what it is… Lonzo didn’t go to Cleveland. LeBron came over here. We already over here.”
As part of his media tour in Chicago leading up to Friday’s JBA All-Star game, Ball appeared on the Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder radio show on WGN on Friday. During his interview, Ball was asked who he thought was the best player currently in the league and, maybe surprisingly, he did not pick his son, Lonzo Ball.