Fathers are our bedrock and our backbone. They are our rudder and our tether; our guide and our guard. Fathers give direction and prod us to perfection; fathers give support and supervision and provide protection and loving affection. Just like our Heavenly Father, our earthly fathers are supposed to be there for us; they’re supposed to love us and school us in the ways of this life, and the life to come hereafter.
Sports fathers are a special breed. A father with a child athlete that is not over the top and operates under the radar is unique and exclusive. And LaVar ball, in his own inimitable, incomparable and incorrigible way, has demonstrated to all other sports dads in the sports world how NOT to be a sports dad.
LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball of UCLA fame, has two other sons coming up behind Lonzo. Dads’claim to fame is that all three of his “Baller” Boys will be multi-million dollar dandies in the NBA. At least that’s the plan. But sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray (from Robert Burns’ poem, “To a Mouse”).
LaVar Ball has been criticized and analyzed and pulverized in the popular press for his outlandish and outrageous comments; and rightfully so. His dramatic and bombastic and fantastic and sarcastic sayings have surely affected his sons, and especially his eldest son, and may affect his status and standing in the upcoming NBA Draft. An NBA team may want to jump on and snatch up the son, but do they want to fool with the father? Because the one certainly and assuredly comes with the other; i.e., the son absolutely does not come without the dad.
Just think about it: is LaVar Ball bettering his sons, or is he badgering their chances? A father is supposed to better, not badger. And so the jury is still out on this one.
Here’s just a sampling of some of the things LaVar Ball has said:
1. “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.” — March 2017
Have you stopped laughing yet? OK, good.
LaVar Ball averaged 2 points per game with Washington State before transferring to Division II Cal State Los Angeles. At that same time, Michael Jordan was averaging 35 points per game with the Bulls. He’s a six-time NBA champion and the greatest to ever play.
Plus, LaVar already admitted that he “wasn’t all that.” LaVar says a lot of crazy things, but this tops them all. Michael Jordan was beating NBA players at age 49. He’d destroy LaVar Ball.
2. “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 mil over 10 years.” — March 2017
This statement could make its case for the top spot because there is absolutely no way he should expect a billion-dollar endorsement contract for his sons. LeBron James’ lifetime deal with Nike is rumored to be worth in the billions, but he’s LeBron James — a future Hall of Famer and basketball icon.
This will never happen. How does he even expect that to happen?
3. “I’ll tell you right now, he’s better than Steph Curry to me.” — February 2017
“To me ‘Zo is the best player in the world. … I don’t know if he can beat (LeBron James and Russell Westbrook) one on one, but I know he can beat them 5 on 5.” — March 2017 By: Andrew Joseph , For The Win, March 17, 2017
God help the sons of LaVar Ball.