LaVar Ball is hurting his childs future as he continues to make ridiculous statements. LaVar has been no stranger to headlines recently as he has made blasphemous claims such as that he is better than Michael Jordan, or that UCLA had no chance of winning a title this season with so many white boys on the court, or even that his three sons deserve a billion dollar shoe deal.
LaVar was a good athlete, however in his one season of college basketball at Washington State during the 1987-88 season he averaged a measly 2.2 points per game. While that same season Michael Jordan was the NBA MVP, averaging 35 points per game for the Chicago Bulls.
“A billion dollars, it has to be there. That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years.” LaVar Ball said.
Claiming his children should have a billion dollar shoe deal is an absolute joke, a deal like that is unheard of. Especially for two high school players and a one and done college kid some may have never heard of. In 2015 LeBron signed a lifetime contract with Nike estimated to be about $1 billion dollars, but that is LeBron James, a name known all across the globe.
His oldest son Lonzo Ball just finished his first season at UCLA and is going in this years NBA draft, where some believe he could go as high as the first overall pick. But LaVar’s bold statements could be costing Lonzo in the long run, or even as early as this Spring as the NBA draft is on June 22.
As organizations look at Lonzo’s athletic abilities, they will also take a look at LaVar and his involvement and the trouble he may bring. LaVar seems to stir up trouble every time he opens his mouth, and he really likes to open his mouth. .
NBA organizations are really going to have to decide if Lonzo’s potential is worth all of the negative publicity that LaVar may bring to the program. In the NBA it’s all about winning, being professional, and limiting distractions. Which might be hard to do with LaVar on the sideline at every game.
If teams decide that the tradeoff isn’t worth it, Lonzo will be missing out on a lot of money. As Lonzo is expected to be picked second in this years draft, if teams are turned off by LaVar, every pick that goes by without Lonzo’s name being called is hundreds of thousands of dollars, potentially millions in the long run.
This is why LaVar needs to be careful with what he says. If he keeps going on as is, Lonzo’s draft stock might fall, and his bank account will take an even bigger hit.