(Richard Jackson - USA Today)
As the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament tips off with all of the play-in games, fans of college and NBA basketball will have their eyes glued to their TVs in search of their team's next franchise centerpiece. And the person who should be on everyone's radar is UCLA Freshman Guard, Lonzo Ball. Ball and Washington Guard, Markelle Fultz, have been chomping at the bit over the course of the collegiate season for the number one Draft Prospect in the nation.
But instead of focusing on Lonzo, another Ball is drawing lots and lots of the attention. I'm talking about the Elder Ball, LaVar. LaVar has been having the time of his life over the course of his son's brief success at UCLA, talking trash and hyping up all of his sons to be the next face of the NBA. However, in recent interviews, LaVar has started to really get annoying with his comments. In an interview with the Kevin and Mike Show on SportsRadio1290 in Arizona, LaVar blurted out his first obnoxious bit when he said "My son will only play for the Lakers." Now that's all well and good, especially since the Lakers appear to be in the hunt for the 1st overall pick in the draft this June. However, what happens if the Lakers wind up with the 4 pick? Is LaVar going to contact GMs and tell them to F off? Because if he does that, Lonzo is out $1.5 million bucks right there. Obviously he'd still be making a good amount of cash ($3.5 million), but still, that makes a difference.
Later down the road, on Monday, Ball came out and said that he'd crush Michael Jordan "back in my hey-day." Which is just absolutely ridiculous in itself. What makes this situation even funnier is that his stats at Washington State in 1988 were 2.2 PPG and 2.3 RPG. The dude was a bona fide scrub, word to Stephen A. Smith. He couldn't play and he would get absolutely licked in a 1 on 1 with the GOAT.
Also on Monday, LaVar said in an interview with USA Today that he wants a $1 billion shoe deal for his 3 sons (Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo). First off, that's just absurd. Considering two of his kids haven't even sniffed a college basketball Hardwood in their lives, by playing in collegiate game, LaVar expects them to get a $1 billion shoe deal? Does he even realize that LeBron James' shoe deal is lifetime and even HE might not crack a billion dollars in said deal?
LaVar is making his son's scouting process all about him, and his comments could leave a lot of sour tastes in people's mouths. Ball needs to shut up fast, before he starts costing his son some money. Not many businesses are going to want to handle the stupidity of a delusional, idiotic parent like LaVar Ball, and Lonzo is only going to be the victim of this.