LaVar Ball

LaVar Ball (born October 23, 1968) is an American businessman and media personality, who attracted widespread public and media attention in 2017 after making a series of incredible claims concerning the careers of himself and his sons. He is the father of basketball players Lonzo of the Los Angeles Lakers, UCLA freshman LiAngelo, and Chino Hills High School basketball player LaMelo.
News and discussion about LaVar Ball, a controversial figure in American basketball.
  • Agent told LaVar of LiAngelo's slim NBA draft hopes
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    Agent told LaVar of LiAngelo's slim NBA draft hopes

    As LiAngelo Ball prepared for the NBA draft earlier this summer, the consensus amongst NBA experts was that the middle Ball brother had no chance at getting drafted. Yet, LaVar Ball and LiAngelo were convinced - at least publicly - that he was going to end up hearing his name called. At the time, that aura of confidence seemed like an act. Because, if it wasn't, LiAngelo was being set up for a massive disappointment. It turned out, though, that both LiAngelo and LaVar were prepared for the tough news. In the latest episode of Ball in the Family, their agent, Harrison Gaines, briefed both LiAngelo and LaVar of the slim possibility that LiAngelo had at getting drafted. They were looking at one

  • Video of LaVar playing 1-on-1 shows MJ is better
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    Video of LaVar playing 1-on-1 shows MJ is better

    For the past two years, LaVar Ball has talked up his own basketball talents as much as he has that of his sons. Yet, unlike Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo, there isn't much proof that LaVar Ball can play. Outside of curiously edited old pickup game footage and an on-set battle with Marcellus Wiley, we haven't really seen the outlandish basketball dad, who claims he can beat Michael Jordan, actually play basketball. Well, until now. Lonzo's manager Darren Moore posted a recent Instagram story of LaVar playing a decidedly non-Michael Jordan opponent in one-on-one. This was how it went. We still don't get to see the full contest, but we do see LaVar struggle with a point-blank layup. Michael Jordan,

  • Brandon Phillips Says LaVar Ball's JBA Didn't Pay Him His Full Contract Amount
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    Brandon Phillips Says LaVar Ball's JBA Didn't Pay Him His Full Contract Amount

    Brandon Phillips, who played for the Los Angeles Ballers in LaVar Ball's Junior Basketball Association, said the league didn't fulfill its contract obligations to him.  Per Cycle Media's Thomas Duffy, Phillips said the JBA has only paid him roughly one-third of what he was promised, paid for his own bags to be checked on flights and hasn't had any of his phone calls returned regarding his last two paychecks.  Phillips also tweeted that he "can provide screenshots of players on my team who also got cut backing up my statements." Duffy noted that Phillips gave up his college eligibility for roughly $1,000 in salary.  Per Andrew Turner of the Los Angeles Times, JBA players are supposed to receive

  • LaVar Ball Is Cool With Male Cheerleader In Pro Sports: "They Better Than The Girls"
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    LaVar Ball Is Cool With Male Cheerleader In Pro Sports: "They Better Than The Girls"

    Don't mistake LaVar Ball for those other luddites with their hands in check. Sure his apolitical stance on issues pertaining to the NFL Anthem protests painted him as a conservative, but maybe his views are more indicative of a man resisting responsibility, and not by chance, spewing ignorance. His radio appearance on Power 106's The Cruz Show produced a delightful turn in character. When asked if he thought the NFL should implement Male Cheerleaders, he seemed warmed to the idea. His reasoning: "if you gon' dance and do your craft.... I don't mind it." Of course, LaVar Ball isn't a decision maker in the realm of football, but his JBA league is a progressive move. If the NCAA wants to eliminate

  • LaVar Ball reaffirms that Lakers are still Lonzo's team even after signing LeBron James
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    LaVar Ball reaffirms that Lakers are still Lonzo's team even after signing LeBron James

    It's been a while since we've had any over-the-top comments from the big baller himself, LaVar Ball, but don't worry. He's back. During an appearance on a radio station in Los Angeles, LaVar made one of his most outrageous comments yet.  You see, even though LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, it's still Lonzo Ball's team. Or, at least that's what LaVar will tell you. His reasoning? "Lonzo didn't go to Cleveland, LeBron came here." But in case that wasn't wild enough, he also added another ridiculous comment. According to LaVar, LeBron and Lonzo can't learn anything from each other.  "He can't learn nothing from Lonzo, and Lonzo can't learn nothing from him. What they gotta do

  • LaVar Ball reaffirms that Lakers are still Lonzo's team even after signing LeBron James
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    LaVar Ball reaffirms that Lakers are still Lonzo's team even after signing LeBron James

    It's been a while since we've had any over-the-top comments from the big baller himself, LaVar Ball, but don't worry. He's back. During an appearance on a radio station in Los Angeles, LaVar made one of his most outrageous comments yet.  You see, even though LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, it's still Lonzo Ball's team. Or, at least that's what LaVar will tell you. His reasoning? "Lonzo didn't go to Cleveland, LeBron came here." But in case that wasn't wild enough, he also added another ridiculous comment. According to LaVar, LeBron and Lonzo can't learn anything from each other.  "He can't learn nothing from Lonzo, and Lonzo can't learn nothing from him. What they gotta do

  • Kawhi Leonard's Interest, LaVar Ball's Nonsense And More LA Lakers Updates
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    Kawhi Leonard's Interest, LaVar Ball's Nonsense And More LA Lakers Updates

    We still have weeks of painstaking agony before the Lakers suit up and play. But that doesn't mean we don't have some serious things to consider ahead of the season. The Lakers could have a Luol Deng exit strategy to consider. LeBron James may just stay young a little while longer. And those are just a couple things we have to talk about this week. LaVar Ball Speaks There was a glorious stretch there when LaVar Ball stood back and allowed his sons' talents to do the talking. The hot-air hiatus has ended. Ball is doing the media rounds and was on Power 106 in Los Angeles recently, which is when he exclaimed that the Lakers essentially belonged to Lonzo, not LeBron: “Lonzo didn't go to Cleveland.

  • LaVar Ball's Bold Claim About Whose Team Lakers Are With LeBron James In LA
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    LaVar Ball's Bold Claim About Whose Team Lakers Are With LeBron James In LA

    Just when we thought LaVar Ball was beginning to speak more sensibly, he comes out and says things like the Los Angeles Lakers are Lonzo Ball's team and not LeBron James'. Instantly, we are brought back to reality, and remember that Ball is living in his own alternate reality. Ball was recently interviewed in a radio program called The Cruz Show of Power 106 FM in L.A. According to the Ball family patriarch, there is no question that the Lakers are his son's team, and went on to eloquently belabor his point. “You say what you want but we know what it is,” claimed Ball. “I told you — Lonzo didn't go to Cleveland. LeBron came here to L.A. We already over here.” Based on his logic, the Lakers are

  • LaVar Ball's JBA Championship Schedule After LaMelo, LiAngelo Drop 81 in Semis
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    LaVar Ball's JBA Championship Schedule After LaMelo, LiAngelo Drop 81 in Semis

    The finals of the inaugural Junior Basketball Association season is set—and they'll feature both Ball brothers. Seattle and Los Angeles each advanced to the Finals on Saturday, setting up a matchup of the two most dominant forces in the LaVar Ball creation. Favorites every step of the way, LiAngelo and LaMelo's L.A. team had a big scare against an upset-minded New York team. Morissana Camara of New York went to the line with 6.6 seconds remaining and a chance to tie the game but missed one of two, giving LiAngelo a chance to make the score 127-124. New York missed on its chance to tie the game as time expired, sending Los Angeles to the championship game and narrowly avoiding an embarrassment

  • LaVar Ball's JBA Results: LiAngelo, LaMelo Combine for 92 in LA's Win
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    LaVar Ball's JBA Results: LiAngelo, LaMelo Combine for 92 in LA's Win

    LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball combined for 92 points in the Los Angeles Ballers' 157-134 win over the Philadelphia Ballers in the quarterfinals of the JBA playoffs Friday at California State University in Los Angeles.     LiAngelo led all scorers on the day with 58 points, while LaMelo added 34 in the featured game of Friday's slate. Additionally, New York, Houston and Seattle picked up wins to advance to the semifinals Saturday. Here is a full recap of every game that took place Friday, as well as a look ahead at the semifinal matchups for Saturday. Friday's Quarterfinal Scores New York def. Atlanta 93-82 Houston def. Dallas 106-105 Seattle def. Chicago 105-90 Los Angeles def. Philadelphia 157-134

  • LaVar Ball Says Everyone Knows Trump is a Racist
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    LaVar Ball Says Everyone Knows Trump is a Racist

    LaVar Ball Duh, Everyone Knows Trump's a Racist 1 8/11/2018 7:08 AM PDT LaVar Ball says it's hardly worth discussing whether Donald Trump is a racist ... it's soooo obvious. We got the Ball patriarch Friday night in L.A. at the Junior Basketball Ass'n tourney, and asked about Trump going after LeBron James, calling him dumb. It's interesting ... Ball says people don't care about LeBron's political stance ... they care about him winning for the Lakers. Weird comment, since LeBron is one of the strongest, most compelling voices in America for civil rights. Beyond that, it's Ball's feeling the love for everyone ... except, of course, Donald Trump. 

  • LaMelo Ball jumped off a moving golf cart
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    LaMelo Ball jumped off a moving golf cart

    LaMelo Ball turns 17 this month, and after leaving high school to pursue a professional basketball career, it can be easy to forget that. Sunday's episode of Ball in the Family basically served as a reminder that LaMelo is still a kid - a kid who jumps off moving golf carts. Early in the episode, LaVar Ball went shopping for a golf cart. He wanted to buy two - one for his wife, Tina, as she recovers from her 2017 stroke - and the other for staffers working at his estate. They made a point to not let LaMelo use the golf carts, but the youngest Ball brother still went for a joyride with his JBA teammates. After the group went to the store, LaMelo sat in the back of the cart and started jumping