The patriarch of the Big Baller Brand announced some unsurprisingly controversial plans.
Lonzo Ball has been playing for the Los Angeles Lakers for less than a year. Of course, his father, LaVar, has already announced plans for his future a couple of seasons down the road.
The patriarch of Big Baller Brand has often said that the plan is for all three of his boys – Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo – to play for the Lakers. Lonzo is already there, of course, while LiAngelo and LaMelo are playing overseas in Lithuania.
LaVar, though, is apparently OK with that team not being the Lakers. He just wants his three sons playing together on an NBA team – any NBA team.
So, LaVar has come out and said that if the Lakers won’t take LiAngelo and LaMelo, Lonzo will leave and go play for whatever NBA team will take his brothers. (That NBA team almost certainly does not exist, of course.)
“Lonzo will be on his 3rd year and I want let every NBA team know, that Lonzo is not going to resign with the Lakers, but will go to any team, that will take all of my three boys,” he said.
LaVar says all of his sons are at their best when they’re playing together. The played together in high school at Chino Hills in California.
“Lonzo plays best when he is with his brother – why wouldn’t he, he’s a hell of a shooter. They don’t play the same position. You see how successful he was when he was with his brother?” LaVar said.
LaVar Ball on his big plan how he's going to bring Lonzo, Melo and Gelo to one NBA team: “Lonzo will be on his 3rd year and I want let every NBA team know, that Lonzo is not going to resign with the Lakers, but will go to any team, that will take all of my three boys.” pic.twitter.com/GErdXjraYU
— Donatas Urbonas (@Urbodo) February 12, 2018
While it would be insanely cool to see three brothers playing together in the NBA, this is a ridiculous move by LaVar. Most of the things he does are fun and entertaining (and this kind of is) but a “Lonzo won’t re-sign with the Lakers if they don’t take his brothers” proclamation is something that could legitimately hurt his eldest son’s NBA career.
Lonzo’s contract runs through the 2021 season, though the final seasons are not guaranteed. He could get out earlier.
The No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season. He’s played in 36 games.