Is the NBA Ready for the Ball Family?

We’re on the brink of the NCAA Championship and the NBA Playoffs, a.k.a. the greatest time of the year for us basketball fans. But in a few short months, we’ll be left without basketball and NBA junkies will be clinging with dear life to every basketball related story.

Enter the NBA draft.

Fans will be checking mock drafts daily (hourly if you’re a fan of team with a top lottery pick), and everyone will have their own opinion of who should be taken where. Currently, NBA draft experts insist that Markelle Fultz will be drafted #1 overall.

Fultz is an unbelievable player with definite potential to be a star in the league.  Despite his rare talent, he is almost unknown compared to the #2 projected pick, Lonzo Ball. Ball has a flashy playing style that has taken the NCAA by storm.

His unorthodox shooting stroke is enough to drive basketball purists mad. It doesn’t matter. He makes it. Ball is a 6’6”  playmaking point guard with limitless range. That description sounds like a genetically modified human that was created to dominant the NBA. There have been some people  His dad even stated that Lonzo is better than reigning unanimous MVP, Steph Curry. Here were his comments, via the Pac 12 broadcast:

“Hey, let me tell you this right now. I have the utmost confidence in what my boy is doing. I’m gonna tell you right now, he better than Steph Curry to me,’’ LaVar Ball said. “Here, put Steph Curry on UCLA’s team right now and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens.”I doubled down on it again. Like I said, if I don’t know what my boy is about, I’m not going to make that statement. Steph’s going to have problems trying to guard my boy. Play 1-on-1!”

LaVar Ball is unreal. I don’t care how good his son his playing, he can’t claim he’s already superior to Curry. Not only is it an outlandish statement, but how can he justify putting that much pressure on his kid? LaVar is a quote making machine. He continues to one up himself on a weekly basis. It makes you think, is there any way he could keep this up?

The craziest part is that he’s just getting started. Lonzo is going to be on the big stage next year in the NBA. Liangelo, the middle brother, will be starting his first season at UCLA next season. The youngest, LaMelo, will be starting his junior year of high school where he will finally be the only Ball brother on the team. LaMelo posted his infamous 92-point performance this season with his older brother still on the court. I can’t fathom his nightly numbers as the only Ball playing for Chino Hills.

Imagine the future. In two years, there could potentially be two Ball brothers in the NBA. Two years later, all three Ball brothers might be playing professional basketball simultaneously. The last family to have three brothers in the league were the Barry brothers (Jon, Brent, and Drew). Little known fact, there’s an even more impressive set of NBA brothers out there. The four Jones brothers of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.  All four played in the NBA and their combined careers stretch from 1969 to 1998.

Not all of LaVar’s projections are wrong. The NBA will undoubtedly be filled with Balls in the very near future. But if some unreal reality transpires, where LaVar is correct about his sons becoming the next coming of Michael Jordan, then the NBA is going to be DOMINATED by the Ball family in less than 5 years.

Just in case you need some more LaVar Ball in your life, here are some more of his insane quotes from an interview with USA Today:

“To make me cry, you’ve got to hit me with a 2-by-4.” 

“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.”

He averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds at Washington State in 1988. Ball continued:

“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.”

He was talking about a marketing deal with Nike, Under Armor, or Adidas for a package including all of his sons.

When asked if he was distracting his son, LaVar responded:

“They try to twist him [Lonzo] up. ‘Ah, man, your dad’s distracting you. What’s he doing?’ His dad ain’t out here on the court with no hula hoops going, ‘Hey! ‘Make a shot through here!’ That’s distraction.”

After a conversation with Colin Cowherd, LaVar found himself under scrutiny from Charles Barkley for being too outspoken.

“If Charles thought like me, maybe he’d win a championship.”

This is only the tip of the iceberg for LaVar and the rest of the Ball family. I’m not sure what I’m more excited to see: Lonzo playing in the big leagues or LaVar saying even more preposterous things. Can you imagine if one of his sons fail to live up to his hype? Regardless of how his sons pan out professional, LaVar will stay entertaining for a very long time…even if it’s for the wrong reasons.

Photo via Sara Smith

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