31 March, 2017
LaVar Ball, the father known for his talented sons and his outlandish remarks, recently drew the ire of Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James by seemingly putting a cap on his sons' National Basketball Association talents.
Of course, that's easy for Mike Bryant to say. It's predictable that the headlines (including the one at the top of this page) would seize upon the most controversial thing Ball said, and ignore what nuance he did bring to the table. His other two sons did little better; their high school team was knocked out of the California state tournament shy of a championship.
"Keep my kids' names out of your mouth", James said to ESPN, responding to Ball. "But it'd be a blessing to play for the Lakers just because I'm from here, my whole family is here". That's how I usually play - let the first half come to me and do what I have to do the second half.
Have you heard the one about the guy who thinks he can beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one?
Ball was 25 when he first signed with the Jets - May 1, 1994. "I'm cool being average.' He wants the top spot, and that's why I told him to be chasing Michael Jordan since he was a baby". To judge others for those quirks or differences in personality is hard, but when it becomes more about themselves than the good of the kids, it has to be reined in.
"How can you have fun when you're anxious about your old man making a fool of himself", Bryant said. Bryant said. "There's ways to do it".
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To me, Lavar is simply trying to entertain.
I root for the kid because I think he's a hell of a player, and I wouldn't want to be in his situation.
Rogers' story has more quotes from Bryant, so check it out.
The debate over who is the better player between the two collegiate stars and more deserving of the No. 1 overall pick in the draft will rage on from now until draft day on June 22. Speaking of which, he taught his son and Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers. "He's been like this my whole life, I tell everybody that, so it's nothing new to me". "To put that on my resume, it's quite an accomplishment". If you're too busy talking you're going to miss the moments.
It's a lot of pressure, Bryant says, for a kid to handle. "I said, 'LaVar, don't go into the locker room.' He continues walking". It makes my skin crawl.