In the past month, Lavar Ball, father of current UCLA star Lonzo Ball and two high school stars, has insulted the reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry, Michael Jordan,the G.O.A.T., King James, and Charles Barkley. His controversial comments have spurred a variety of reactions from coaches, players, and analysts. Recently, Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, said about Lavar Ball and his antics, “I don’t think it’s helping his kids. I think it’d be better for them if they can just play and have fun and not have to hear that every day, but whatever. It’s all part of him.” So the question obviously arises, is Lavar helping his sons with his outlandish comments?
Personally, I don’t believe that Lavar is helping his sons, but that does not mean that he is hurting them either. He is definitely bringing the family more attention, but the attention is warranted based on his sons’ play. Lonzo has brought UCLA back into the national spotlight on the basketball court, and his brothers are currently leading the best high school basketball team in the nation. The three brothers look like they all have the talent to take over the basketball world. Lavar’s comments mostly bring the spotlight to him, and this may not be the worst thing. Having the focus on their father, the Ball brothers have the ability to play and to develop as players without a constant focus on them. Also, while Lavar’s comments would distract many people, the brothers, Lonzo in particular, have said that he has been saying outlandish things their whole lives, but he know is being heard. The Ball brothers are completely unaffected by the attention on their father.
Lavar has ascended to a celebrity status and brought a lot of attention to himself, but despite constantly being in the news, he is not hurting his sons’ careers. He believes in his sons, and in a time when many players do not have a strong father figure, it is nice to see a father who is willing to bet anything on his sons. If the Ball brothers are good enough to make it as basketball players and truly have the drive, their father is not going to stop their path to greatness, no matter what he says.
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