LaVar Ball is known for speaking his mind, and he’s not afraid to do it either. When Ball talks, he’s confident in whatever comes out of his mouth, no matter how it may sound. He doesn’t care what people think, and he loves to hear himself talk.
The Ball brothers have been in the spotlight since high school
The media quickly gravitated toward the Ball boys while they were at Chino Hills High School together. Lonzo was a senior, LiAngelo was a junior, and LaMelo was a freshman. The talented trio led Chino Hills to an undefeated season and a state championship. LaVar has spoken highly about his sons since they were kids. As they got older, they started to outplay the competition and make a name for themselves.
Lonzo led the way for the Ball brothers as he was one of the top-ranked players coming out of high school. He attended UCLA and was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year after averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, and six rebounds. Lonzo only spent one season at UCLA and declared for the draft. Going into the 2017 NBA draft, LaVar was adamant that the Lakers would draft his son. The Lakers had the No. 2 pick that year, and being from California, Lonzo wanted the chance to play for his home team.
A CBS Sports article talked about how LaVar believed his son was going to the Lakers. “All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers,” LaVar said. “I’m going to speak it into existence. I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers.”
“I’m not trying to say he won’t play for a different team,” he said. “But I’d like him to play for the Lakers because it’s home, and I’d love him to learn from Magic Johnson.” LaVar was right, the Lakers took Lonzo in the draft, and things were starting to fall in place.
Lonzo Ball traded away to New Orleans, and LaVar thought the Lakers made a mistake
Lonzo only spent two seasons with the Lakers. During his rookie season, he averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds. He was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. After the 2018-19 season, the Lakers decided to make a push to get Anthony Davis, and they sent Lonzo, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, the draft rights to De’Andre Hunter, two first-round picks, a first-round pick swap, and cash for Davis.
Just like that, Lonzo was out of LA and his new home was New Orleans. When the trade happened, LaVar voiced his concerns about the decision the Lakers made. “t will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in they life and they’ll never win another championship. Guarantee it. They’re going to regret it,” LaVar said. That’s right; he said the Lakers would never win a championship. Who knows if he said that out of anger or if he really believed that, but he was confident when he said it.
The Lakers are doing just fine without Lonzo
With the Lakers winning the 2020 NBA championship, it seems as if they made the right move letting Lonzo go to acquire Davis. Now the Lakers had to give up a lot of young talent, but they wanted to win now, and they knew that with Davis alongside LeBron James, they had a good chance of winning.
LaVar has made some wild remarks throughout the years and him saying that the Lakers will never win another championship is high on the list. One thing is for sure, and that is LaVar will always find a way to get himself into the spotlight.