Ballin’ Out of Control

Since bursting onto the basketball scene last year, the Ball family has been getting plenty of press. While Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo have been getting plenty of attention for their play, their father Lavar has stayed in the news for his boastful nature and confidence that often puts him at the center of controversy.

From his hype over his sons and shoe brand to his confidence in his own playing ability, Lavar Ball’s personality has made him such an entertaining figure in the sports world that the media gravitates towards. And whether you like it or not, he’s going to be around for a while.

When Ball kept bragging about how good Lonzo was, many people thought he was hurting Lonzo’s draft stock by doing this. But instead, it gave Lonzo more attention from fans and NBA players and would go on to be drafted #2 overall to the Lakers, just like Lavar predicted. People laughed when Lavar decided to start a shoe brand for the Ball Family instead of commending him for his entrepreneurial venture. I’ll admit that many of the things he does are questionable in many aspects. But, as much as we don’t want to admit it, the man’s a genius.

Lavar is showing the world that his son can take a different route and can be the first to rock his own unique shoe coming into his rookie year. He is teaching his sons to be confident in everything they do no matter how much the odds are stacked against them. It takes a very confident man to challenge legends like Shaq, Charles Barkley, and Michael Jordan knowing he averaged only 2.2 points during his playing career. I see many of Lavar’s antics as part of a genius marketing strategy with a very small hint of good parenting mixed in. Critics complain about Lavar Ball and wish that he would just fade away and become irrelevant but fail to realize that whenever they bring up Lavar in any context they are giving him more publicity, keeping him famous and impactful.

Lavar Ball has stirred up plenty of controversy since rising to prominence and it’s not stopping anytime soon. Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny the impact he has made in his short time in the spotlight. You also gotta give the man respect for being involved in his sons’ lives and careers to a level that we often don’t see amongst athletes, especially for African American athletes. As much as many of us say we can’t stand Lavar Ball, we just can’t get enough of him.

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