With the second pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball of UCLA. Lonzo’s basketball accomplishments are impressive. They include:
2017 Associated press All-American
2017 First-team All Pac-12
2017 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
2016 Naismith Prep Player of the Year
2016 McDonald’s All-American
To put it plainly, Lonzo can ball (pun intended). His dad, Lavar, on the other hand, is the the bigger star. We’ve seen parents who live vicariously through their kids. Lavar Ball has taken things to the next level. He’s used the celebrity reserved for athletes like his son to make himself shine.
LaVar Ball is the sports parent equivalent of the moon.
As kids, we looked at the night sky and saw the mesmerizing light we thought was coming from the moon. Songs have been written and movies made about the moonlight, but we learned in science class that the moon produces no light of its own.
The moon gets its light from the sun, or in Lavar Ball’s case, from the son. Lonzo is a Laker. He’ll be brought along in the tradition of Kareem, Worthy and Shaq. He’ll be tutored by Kobe and managed by Magic.
If Lonzo scores 20 points a night for Los Angeles, he’ll have a front-row reserved seat the Oscars – every year for as long as he wants.
So, why was Lonzo, along with brother LaMelo, at WWE Raw last night watching their father do this?
Don’t be surprised if Lavar squares off against The Miz in a WWE ring on September 24 at the No Mercy pay-per-view event originating from Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Furthermore, don’t be surprised if Lavar Ball gets a TV talk show or radio program out of the deal.
This is his big break, too.