How about a solid Round of Applause for LaVar Ball!
Mr. Ball is the father of UCLA basketball star Lonzo Ball. He is also the father of upcoming stars LiAngelo and LaMelo. The expectation is that Lonzo will be drafted in the ﬁrst round of the NBA. Mr. Ball has already stated that he wants Lonzo to play for the Lakers, and he is a determined man who makes things happen.
His approach to his son’s careers makes a lot of sense to me. They are all extremely talented, and each of them is likely to become a superstar. That being the case, does not make any sense for them to be drafted by Minnesota, or Charlotte.
They live in Southern California and they are tremendously talented. So in my opinion, Mr. Ball should have a strong hand in orchestrating their futures. If the Lakers are interested in Lonzo, and I think they are, then this gives them the opportunity to either draft him themselves, or to work out a trade in the event the some other team selects him ﬁrst. I suspect that everyone in the NBA now understands that if Mr. Ball wants him to play in Los Angeles, then that is where he will play.
It gets even better, Mr. Ball is not a shrinking violet, nor should he be. He has said that his sons are available to promote basketball shoes and other sports paraphernalia for the price of $1 billion. In my opinion, he is going to get that, or something very close. In the
meantime, he has already created the “Big Baller Brand”, for his own shoes and sports apparel. He has his own web site, and he is in business. I consider him to be an inspiration to many athletes and their families. They, like Mr. Ball, should understand that they do not have to wait for the offers that come in. You can play a big part in establishing the market, and the terms and conditions that are satisfactory to you.
Let the Madness Begin!
This is the day that most collegiate basketball fans have been waiting for. The sixty-four teams have been selected, and they have been matched up with their initial opponents. The hounds are loose, so let’s get this party started.
UCLA will start their tournament play against Kent State in Sacramento on Friday night. That game should be easy for them, as they began their quest. USC, on the other hand, just managed to get into this tournament by the skin of their chin. They will have a Wednesday day game against Providence. One of these teams will have to go home, we are hoping that it won’t be USC.
My unsolicited advice to the Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers is that he resign as the head coach of the team and devote all of his time to his presidential duties. Doc is still an outstanding coach, but his team does not have enough talent to win a championship. His organization needs to do a better job of scouting and developing new talent. That is the successful’s approach that the San Antonio Spurs have taken. They cover the whole world in their unending search for talented new players, and then they develop them. The Clippers should do that also, and as well, or better than the Spurs.