The outspoken father of Top 3 NBA prospect Lonzo Ball has recently gone on record to say he expects his three sons, Lonzo (star UCLA guard), LaMelo and LiAngelo (UCLA commits) to be signed to a whopping $1 billion shoe deal to either Nike, Adidas or Under Armour.
You read that correctly. One BILLION dollars. For all three. $333 million each. To put that in perspective, last year's number one pick, 76ers forward Ben Simmons, signed a five-year deal with Nike, worth between $12-$20 million, as well as an extra $20 million in performance bonuses.
“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
It may seem that Mr. Ball is just optimistic and trying to sell his children's worth, but look at the language he used. "And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front." Excuse me LaVar, but why would shoe brands be giving you any of the money? They're supposedly going to sign this deal with your children, the ones actually playing basketball.
This comment is only the latest in the travelling circus of the Ball family. LaVar has also gone on record to say his son Lonzo, who is a college freshman at UCLA, would be better than two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry. Not in the sense that Lonzo would develop into a better player in the future, no. He said if Lonzo was swapped with Steph Curry and put onto the Golden State Warriors, we should all "watch what happens".
And even more outlandish was his comments comparing himself to the Greatest Of All Time, Michael Jordan.
“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.”
Hold your horses there. Before you assume MJ would blow LaVar out of the water, check out the stats: Mr. Ball averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds for Washington State in 1988, before transferring to Cal-State because he wasn't getting enough playing time. In comparison, that same year, Jordan averaged 35 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Bulls.
So you were right to assume, Michael would actually murder LaVar.
One has to wonder, when will Mr. Ball stop with all these hot takes? Is it all a sly marketing ploy to raise his son's draft stock and to get his brand "Big Baller Brand" exposure? Are we all getting played and LaVar Ball is actually a genius? Or are all these comments hurting his son's image and reputation in the long run?
Time will tell when Lonzo Ball suits up for the number 3 seeded UCLA in the NCAA tournament later this month, hoping to prove he is what his father says he is.