Like clockwork, every couple months, LaVar Ball spews something that grabs the headlines and creates a firestorm driven by the social media mosh pit — which is usually his intent. There are three things we can count on in this world, death, taxes and LaVar Ball making outlandish comments. For years now, Daddy Ball has said the youngest of his trio will be the best of the bunch.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 19, 2020
His adulation of Lonzo was overstated at times, but so far he has proven to be correct as LaMelo looks like a star.
LaVar also believes owner Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, has no reason to give LaMelo any advice. That’s the most asinine, “asiten” and “asieleven” comment maybe ever spewed.
In an interview with HoopsView LaVar was asked how often does Melo seek out advice from Michael Jordan?
“Never! What advice is he gonna give him?,” LaVar quipped. “You tell me what advice he gonna give him. … When the last time he won a championship? And the game has changed. What’s he gonna tell him?”
LaVar Ball says LaMelo doesn’t need advice from Michael Jordan: ‘When the last time he won a championship?’ https://t.co/2Nz01dMQbw
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) December 10, 2021
LaMelo Ball Is A Budding Star
One year after winning NBA Rookie of the Year, Ball has gotten even better. This sensational sophomore is wildly popular with the young generation of hoops fans and is averaging 20 points, eight assists and eight rebounds per game. The 20-year-old has a great shot at making his first All-Star team.
— Roc Nation Sports (@RocNationSports) December 8, 2021
The bulk of Melo’s success has occurred with LaVar keeping to himself for the most part. Melo was spared the media circus that his older brother Lonzo had to endure as his dad hit the media circuit in an attempt to boost his son’s draft stock. Melo has been his own flamboyant brand, moving with swag and service to the city of Charlotte.
Lavar has broken his silence and in typical shock-jock fashion, he threw out the hook, hung the bait and we all swarmed to bite. Too easy.
Jordan Has Been An Owner For 15 Years
In 2006, MJ purchased a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats, named after former owner Bob Johnson, who also owned BET. In 2010, Jordan ponied up $275 million to become a majority stakeholder. With the move, Jordan became the only former player to ever own a majority stake in an NBA team.
It’s MJ’s team and calling him out about giving advice to his players when he’s also the greatest player to ever play the game is just stupid. It’s been 21 years since MJ’s last championship was won in Chicago, culminating his second-three peat in an eight-year time frame. Two decades is not really THAT long ago. You still have to put the ball in the hoop, inspire and win rings to be considered an icon.
— Jordan (@Jumpman23) October 20, 2021
This Isn’t LaVar’s First Outlandish Comment Concerning Michael Jordan
At the height of his daily outlandish commentary, Ball once said he could beat Jordan one-on-one with some flip-flops on in the rain.
— Complex (@Complex) August 4, 2017
“I would just back [Jordan] in and lift him off the ground and call a foul every time he fouls me when I do a jump hook to the right or the left,” Ball told USA Today back in March of 2017. “He cannot stop me one-on-one. He better make every shot ’cause he can’t go around me. He’s not fast enough. And he can only make so many shots outside before I make every bucket under the rim.”
Anyone who’s surprised by this take from LaVar hasn’t been following the loquacious, soundbite-driven father of the Ball brothers. He needs to do this to make sure we know he’s still around and in his opinion’s relevant. It’s like he doesn’t know he’s already won. Yes, LaVar, apparently you’ve still got the juice. Now exit stage left and let Melo develop into a champion under the guidance of team owner His Airness. It could be worse.
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