LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, has become the Donald Trump of college basketball for his over-the-top comments and outlandish statements. He’s the kid at the playground that takes his ball and goes home when he doesn’t get his way and is full of alternative facts.
Don’t believe me? Here are some of his most recent memorable sayings:
“I’m going to tell you right now, (Lonzo) better than Steph Curry to me.’’
“My son will only play for the Lakers.”
“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.”
“I told Lonzo I’ll meet up with him in Arizona for the Final Four … I’m not going to anything until the Final Four. I’ll be with my younger son handling business for this state title we’re about to get.”
LaVar Ball believes his son is the best player on the planet. pic.twitter.com/sENdrVINm4
— ESPN (@espn) March 18, 2017
And it’s these type of comments that have basketball fans everywhere cheering against his sons because of all the nonsense that is coming out of his mouth.
It didn’t help either that LaVar recently told USAToday that he wants a billion-dollar shoe deal for his sons.
“A billion dollars, it has to be there,” he 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.”
We all know even bad publicity is good publicity and this is a perfect example. The more nonsense LaVar spits out the more the media covers it. And the more the media runs with it, the more attention his family gets. It’s a never ending cycle and although it’s a smart ploy, I think I’d rather listen to the Kardashians right now than what comes out of LaVar’s mouth over the coming days.
LaVar got more than his 15 minutes of fame and its time to move on. And the more he hypes up his kids, the bigger the pressure becomes. And at this point, nobody will ever be able to live up to his outlandish expectations that he has for his kids.
He’s already set them up to fail by already comparing them to some of the best NBA players to ever play the game.
Like any parent, we all want what’s best for our kids and to see them succeed. But at the current moment, LaVar just needs to stop talking. Every time he talks, he’s taking the focus off of his kids and putting it all on himself.
And did you catch the part where he was talking about the billion-dollar shoe deal?
After throwing out the one billion figure, LaVar said, “And you don’t even have to give it to ME all up front.”
After reading that, do you really believe he’s in it for his kids? I think we all know the answer.
He serves as their hype man and will talk to anyone to keep the conversation going. But the media just needs to walk away. Most parents believe their son or daughter is the best on the team. That’s just how it is. No need to keep beating a dead horse.
LaVar has some very talented kids, but he needs to stop with the promotion, take a seat on the bench and let his kids do all the talking on the court.