A History Of LaVar Ball’s Most Outspoken (And Not So Crazy) Comments
You might think LaVar Ball is a delusional father who is hurting his sons — Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo — by opening his big mouth and spitting out offensive opinions. I see a proud funny father and a genius self-promoter who has received millions of dollars in free advertising for his Big Baller Brand clothing by big media companies earning high ratings and lots of clicks by talking about him.
Seriously, what exactly is he doing that’s so wrong? Is stating stupid comments and opinions on television a crime? We just watched a man become President by doing those things so I think answer is “No!” And from my experience, LaVar isn’t much different than a lot of parents of talented basketball kids, the only difference is he has a TMZ camera in his face, one son who is about to be a top two NBA draft pick and two other sons who are online viral stars. I’ve seen parents of middle school kids barely averaging 10 points a game say their son has a game reminiscent of Kevin Durant. Now that’s offensive!
Some of the latest comments by LaVar that’s generating a lot of buzz includes him saying he wants a billion dollars for a 10-year shoe deal for his family.
“A billion dollars, it has to be there,” Ball 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.”
Yes that’s insane but it’s an asking price no company has to offer. I was car shopping today and I can tell you a sticker price is for suckers not willing to negotiate. What a dealership will take is way below the asking price but the sticker price establishes a value and might make you think twice about making a low ball offer.
LaVar also recently said in his “heyday,” he would have beat 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,” Ball said. “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.”
Stupid? Yes! But so is the average person looking at the last man on a team’s bench and saying he could do better than him. Unless we released a mixtape of you, I’m willing to bet 2017 Chandler Parsons with a torn meniscus could beat you 10-0 in a game of one-on-one.
So, while a lot of people are getting mad at LaVar, I’m just going to continue to laugh and if Lonzo plays as well as I expect him to play next year, LaVar and his family are going to be laughing all the way to the bank.