Look, I get it. Parents should praise and support their kids, regardless of what they do (to a point). If they get 100% of a math test, give them all the good words in the world and raise their confidence. If they score a shootout goal, tell the world that’s my boy. If they help a stranger cross the street, let them know that they’re a good person.
However, if they play for UCLA, perhaps a parent may want to simmer down a little bit. Take Lavar Ball, for instance, the father of Lonzo Ball, point guard for the UCLA Bruins, and one of the next big things in the NBA next season. He’s good, that’s for sure, as he has averaged 14.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 7.7 APG, and he’s destined for an early first round pick. But then, Lavar Ball said this:
Lavar Ball: “My son will only play for the Lakers.”
Really?!?! You’re telling me (and the world) that your son will ONLY play for the Los Angeles Lakers. Sure they may have a top pick, but who the hell are you to say that? Lonzo played it nicely by saying he would play anywhere. Lavar did also retract that statement, saying that:
“All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I’m going to speak it into existence,” LaVar told ESPN on Saturday night. “I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers. I’m not trying to say he won’t play for a different team. But I’d like him to play for the Lakers because it’s home and I’d love him to learn from Magic (Johnson) He’s the best guard ever to me, and nobody better for Lonzo to learn from than Magic Johnson.”
Nice try, but the damage was done. Many executives have gone on record as saying that they’re concerned with Lonzo Ball’s dad. I would be too. He’s outspoken and brash, and sometimes clueless. Don’t believe me, keep reading.
Lavar Ball, when speaking of his three sons who all play basketball (soon to be at UCLA for middle son and highschooler youngest) said:
“A billion dollars, it has to be there. 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 million a year.”
So, you want a major company, either adidas, Nike, Reebok or, whatever, to give you $1 billion for shoes, despite the fact that NONE of them have played in the NBA, and (I’d say) one is guarenteed to be there?!?! Are you insane? Maybe, maybe not, but here’s the tipper. He told USA Today:
“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one. I would just back (Jordan) in and lift him off the ground and call a foul every time he fouls me when I do a jump hook to the right or the left. He cannot stop me one-on-one. He better make every shot ’cause he can’t go around me. He’s not fast enough. And he can only make so many shots outside before I make every bucket under the rim.”
Ball averaged 2.2 PPG back in his heyday.