- Nov 13, 2008
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Don't overthink this, it's quite simple-Dad's a loud-mouthed *sshole who has reached the pinnacle of obnoxious sports parents as a public figure. When I was back in high school, prior to social media and cell phones and when there was only one ESPN station, Marv Marinovich was the *sshole dad du jour and he didn't seek the spotlight that LaVar does. The publicity he received was universally negative and his parenting methods questioned and again, he was no where the publicity hound of Papa Ball.It's interesting to think about the psychology behind the outrage over them. I think it's saltiness that they can accrue wealth/fame all while marching to the beat of their own drum to such a great extent. As I mentioned earlier, usually people have to sell out in some way, shape or form. Signing with a brand, working for a company, or dedicating years of free labor basketball to NCAA/an institution are all examples of that (there are varying degrees to this obviously and I'm not judging the morality of it).
There is a lot of upside in the Ball fam trajectory. Not saying it'll play out as planned, but what's the worst that could happen?
Worst case scenario, they'll have a brand that does alright and the three boys will all making a living as adults playing hoops somewhere in the world. That worse case scenario is already a monster win.
Do panderers, pushovers and sell outs get mad when they have to look at themselves in a mirror in comparison to a BBB or other self-made hustlers? Our most valuable possession is our dignity and pride, after all.
Oh, and everyone loooooves to talk social equality, but when a person hustles and figures out a way to be creative/resourceful and rise, we demonize them? Come on!
Plus, the 15 minutes are dwindling; Lonzo has not been Magic Johnson reincarnate out of the box, just a promising, uneven rookie with a jump shot that may be broken. The other kids might as well be in Siberia. It won't be long until VH1 is doing a "I love the '10s" retrospective and we see some third rate comedian riffing on Big Baller Brand.