By Lamar Battle
Unless you have been living on an island for the last 4 to 5 months I’m fairly certain that you have heard of LaVar Ball father of 2016-17 second pick in the NBA draft Lonzo Ball.
To say LaVar is a proud dad is to the least an understatement as he has been described as arrogant, loud, bombastic and of course crazy.
Mr. Ball has taken the sport world by storm mostly due to the basketball skills of his three boys, Lonzo, Li Angelo and LeMelo all accomplished players with Li Angelo and LeMelo following their older brother to UCLA on full scholarship.
The sports world is rife with stories of stage mothers and fathers following the exploits of their progeny with a zeal that may best resemble oh, say Black Friday shoppers at a local Best Buy.
LaVar has on occasion been accused of saying that his son would become the greatest basketball player of all time, that he (LaVar) could have beaten NBA legend Micheal Jordan in a game of one on one.
LaVar signaled that he would accept a one billion dollar shoe contract from one of the major companies ( Nike, Adidas and Under Armour) for his three boys. Better yet he announced the formation of his families signature brand for shoes and apparel: The Big Baller Brand.
The major sports networks most notably ESPN and FOX Sports cannot get enough of LaVar and word has it that Facebook has inked his family for a reality series.
Son Lonzo was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers and new team president of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson who has since characterized Lonzo as the new face of the franchise.
LaVar predicted ( he says since Lonzo’s birth) that his son would be picked by the Lakers. So how did it happen ? LaVar said he spoke it into existence.
The Law Of Attraction ?
Could LaVar Ball be practicing that metaphysical discipline based in quantum physics that illustrates the influence of thought and words on our circumstances?
Last time I checked LaVar was the one who said he spoke Lonzo’s ascension into being. He also spoke on how he chose his wife and mother of his children because she was beautiful, tall, (6-1) confident and together they raised three sons two of which will be NBA players and since launched a shoe and apparel line that has at least a 50-50 chance of succeeding.
Lonzo Ball is a 6-6 point guard who shoots 55.1% from the floor and 41.2% from the 3 point line and wields an unusual knack for passing and unselfish team play.
Lonzo could not ask for a better mentor than Magic Johnson (one of the NBA’s all time great point guards) but his greatest potential as a pro may be in the impact he has on his teammates.
So LaVar Ball the man many feel is as polarizing as he is impressive ( And he deserves more credit than he gets for being a first class athletic trainer) may very well be on to something reminding any one within ear shot over and over and over that his boys will make history.
Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com