One of the country’s most well-known helicopter parents, LaVar Ball, has goals to turn his trio of talented basketball-playing sons into money making machines. But what he does not realize is that he is placing his children on such a high pedestal that it is basically impossible for them to not fail in living up to his sky-scraping expectations.
Ball’s three sons, Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo are all very good at basketball.
Lonzo has just announced his decision to enter the 2017 NBA Draft after one season at UCLA in which he ended by being named college basketball’s freshman of the year. He’s a potential number one overall pick, but he’ll have to beat out the rest of this year’s stacked draft class for that honor.
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Midde brother LiAngelo is a 6-foot-6, 240 pound beast of a baller who has already committed to playing for UCLA in 2018.
While LaMelo is still only 15 years old, he has been able to easily light up the court for his local high school in Chino Hills, California. Earlier this year, he exploded for an astounding 92 points in just one game.
Realizing the talents of his children, LaVar created the Big Baller Brand.
Basically, he thinks his brand his going to become something bigger than Nike. But in reality, these clothes probably will not be worth more in five years than the light-up sneakers people can find at their local Walmart.
Instead of sitting back and letting his sons’ play on the court do the talking, Ball has made claims that his kids are going to be better than Steph Curry, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and anyone else that has made millions of dollars by shooting a ball into a hoop.
“I’ll tell you right now, he’s better than Steph Curry to me.”
So what happens if Ball’s sons do not succeed on the professional level? Perhaps a better question may be what do his children have to do in order to be deemed a success in their father’s eyes?
Would careers that lasted over 10 years in the NBA but were not full of All-Star appearances be enough for LaVar? Judging by the way his mouth has been uncontrollably moving lately, this type of future for any of his sons would likely be interpreted as a failure.
Maybe Ball should take a lesson from those before him who attempted to do something similar.
Marvin Marinovich had big dreams for his son Todd as a pro quarterback and it eventually led to Todd being drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft. However, his son’s career in the NFL ended after just two seasons and he is now more known for being a crazy, drug-addicted beach bum.
People can believe what they want, but it is very hard to deny that Todd’s failures in the NFL were due to the incredible amount of pressure put on him by his father.
“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.”
If Ball truly believes that his sons are going to turn the NBA upside-down on its head and change the game forever, then that’s fine. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having high hopes for your talented offspring.
But Ball should know that he will make a whole lot more money if he remains in the stands (and off of TV) and just lets his sons do their thing on the basketball court.