Big Ball Brand’s Leader!
Every now and again there are big names that come and go in the sports world. Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Aldu Jabbar. These are big time names, with big time careers in the basketball world. They are known for their talent on the court, and then some of them become famous off the court as well. Lebron James has sponsored television shows on NBC. Charles Berkeley, and Shaquille O’Neil have their own talk show. Kobe Bryant is breaking into the business world. These men are known for the entertainment outside of the NBA court. The average career in the NBA is 5 years. Some guys barely last two when others big names last almost 15!
Now there is a special college tournament that happens every march. Every D1 champion, and some special vote ins are invited to this Tournament 68 team’s single eliminations rankings depending on your season maddens. March Madness to be exact. This tournament is specifically to see who the next candidates for the NBA draft are going to be. With a few exceptions.
Now one player that I specifically one to point out is Lonzo Ball standing at 6’6 weighing 190 pounds this 19-year-old is taking the basketball world by storm. This freshman from UCLA as a high schooler he was awarded multiple national awards and honors. And led his high school team to an undefeated record, and a national /championship. In college, he led the nation in assets and broke UClA’s record for most assists. He was first team All-American honors, and was pronounced top freshman in the nation. He is also in talk for being top 3 picks in the NBA draft.
Now these are some impressive stats, and would be a great reason for the world to know, and respect. However, that is not the case for this young athlete. Now everyone knows what a helicopter parent is. This is where a parent takes an overprotective interest in the life of their child. I am sure that Lonzo is completely use to this by now. LaVar Ball has taken the media by storm, with his out ravenous comments. A man that averaged 2.2 points in college stating that he could be Michael Jordan in one v one. Now LaVar was not all that bad, he played in the NFL’s practice squad for the Jets and Carolina Panthers. He was born and raised in South Los Angeles. He didn’t grow up with all the nice luxurious life style that his three sons do today. LaVar has hustled, and worked hard his entire life to get where he is today. LaVar receives a lot of criticism because of how hard he pushes his three children. He has compared and said that Lonzo is a better player than NBA super star Stephen Curry, Lebron James, and even Russell Westbrook. He promises that all three of his children will play for UCLA and make it in the NBA. Now the youngest son is Lemelo Ball, is only a freshman in high school, and his middle son LiAngelo Ball is declared to play for UCLA in the fall.
In the book “Christian Perspectives on Sociology” it talks about the idea of a family. When Children are born, they deserve to be born with some rights. They deserve a name, both a father and mother, and being able to nurtured by both parents. However, some children are not that fortunate. LaVar Ball grew up in an area where baby mama’s, rape, and teen pregnancy were running wild. Yet after a third child is born he is still married, and showing his Children how to change a culture norm. The book also goes on and talks about the dangers of an abusive parent. That’s where the world is seeing LaVar now.
Now there is speculation on how LaVar, and how he is raising his children. Is he putting too much pressure on them to become Great. LaVar is known for ripping into his sons for losing games, and there are other rumors saying that they began basketball work outs when they were still small infants. However, some big names such as the Herd with Colin Cowherd who completely agrees with LaVar, and thinks that this culture has gone too soft on our children. Especially those who were raised like the Ball family. The Herd uses the example that LaVar has gotten them three full rides to UCLA. Now let’s say that LaVar got them three scholarships to Harvard, we would all say that is great parenting. UCLA is a nice premiere school, that takes pride in their students. LaVar has pushed his children in not just an athletic side of the scale, but the academic as well.
Lonzo lost in the tournament to Kentucky, who also has some future all-star NBA stars. When this happened, the media ate this up! Finally, the pressure got to him, and he cracked. That’s what they all wanted to believe. That LaVar pushed him too hard. Head coach of South Carolina had this to say on the matter. “You know what makes me sick to my stomach? When I hear, grown people say that kids have changed. We’ve changed as adults. We demand less of kids. We expect of kids.” This stuck on to me personally. If the Dad is supposed to be the head of the household, then it is his duty to make the best future for his children.
If I could give an encouraging word to the Ball family I would look at the Bible in Mathew 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow, will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. As much as LaVar is interested in his child’s future, he needs to know that there is a fine line between in investment, and worry. There is no telling if LaVar as professed faith of any type, and without a relationship with God he will always struggle with leading his children. It seems that material possessions take over everything that LaVar thinks about. His new BBB shoes that were released recently are priced at 495$. No one in the Ball family has played in the NBA yet, and now they’re dropping merchandise like it is hot.
I guess we will just have to wait and see if the Ball family will be successful in their next journeys in life. We have Lonzo who has some major decisions coming up. He is coming into the NBA with a head strong attitude, ready to take on the world. Then we have LiAngelo who is going to be playing at UCLA next year. He has some major shoes to fill in, for the bar is set high. Than we have the youngest Lemelo. His future is forever changed, because no matter what road he chooses next he is going to be followed by the media. He is now a form of a celebrity, who is on his way to follow his brothers in a basketball career. This being a good thing or not it is all thanks to their family structure, and how their Dad decided to raise them.