If you don’t know anything else about LaVar Ball besides his feud with Donald Trump, you may have gotten the message that he has his own way of doing things and isn’t the least bit shy about it. Ball is CEO of sports apparel company, Big Baller Brand, and father to basketball players Lonzo Ball, point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as LiAngelo Ball, formerly a freshman guard at UCLA and LaMelo Ball who was recently pulled out of Chino Hills high school so his father could train him personally.
He’s always been clear that when it comes to his brand and plans for his sons, he doesn’t believe in having a Plan B, because that means he’s not investing his all into Plan A. Ball once again proved he’s a man of action when he recently pulled son LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA after he was suspended from the school’s basketball team following his arrest for allegedly shoplifting with two teammates while overseas in China. ESPN reported that Ball felt that the consequences for his son were too harsh and that the family doesn’t need to go through the traditional means of making their way to the NBA draft:
“I’m not sitting back and waiting. He wasn’t punished this bad in China.”
“We get back over here, and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they’re in jail here.”
“I’m going to make him way better for the draft than UCLA ever could have.”
“He’s not transferring to another school. The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the NBA draft.”
Sports Illustrated reports that Ball is now is taking his plans a step further by creating a way for all NBA hopefuls who want to bypass playing for a college team and go straight for the pro’s. Ball recently revealed to ESPN that he plans to start a professional league for top-ranked prospects who do not want to go to college. The Junior Basketball Association will be fully funded by the Big Baller Brand and Ball is looking for 8 players to fill 10 teams that will pay in professional arenas in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Dallas. Sport Illustrated lists details for Ball’s plans to attract players to the college basketball alternative: