LaVar Ball Offers To Coach Lakers, Says He Can Do It “With My Eyes Closed”

LaVar Ball has offered to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, according to an interview, a job he claims he can do with his eyes closed.
The voluble and controversial Ball, who stars in his own Facebook series, Ball in the Family, and runs the Big Baller Lea…

LaVar Ball has offered to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, according to an interview, a job he claims he can do with his eyes closed. The voluble and controversial Ball, who stars in his own Facebook series, Ball in the Family, and runs the Big Baller League and shoe brand, is again taking shots at current Lakers coach Luke Walton, who reportedly was recently called on the carpet by Lakers executive Magic Johnson for the team’s slow start after adding LeBron James and a…

LaVar Ball To Lakers: My Two Younger Sons Join The Team Or Lonzo Walks

Basketball patriarch LaVar Ball might be thousands of miles away from Los Angeles, but he’s still firing away at the franchise.
Ball issued an ultimatum to the team today through the Lithuanian press: His son, rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, will walk away from the team when he’s eligible for free agency unless brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo join him on the Lakers.
The younger Balls currently play for Prienu Vytautas in the Lithuanian League (LKL), a minor team in that…

Basketball patriarch LaVar Ball might be thousands of miles away from Los Angeles, but he’s still firing away at the franchise. Ball issued an ultimatum to the team today through the Lithuanian press: His son, rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, will walk away from the team when he’s eligible for free agency unless brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo join him on the Lakers. The younger Balls currently play for Prienu Vytautas in the Lithuanian League (LKL), a minor team in that…

Facebook’s Watch Is Surprisingly Popular With Young People, New Study Shows

It looks like a fair amount of people are checking out LaVar Ball on Facebook.

Facebook’s Watch — its budding video platform — is off to a strong start, according to a new study from Morgan Stanley.

Forty percent of Facebook users check out clips on a weekly basis, according to analysts Brian Nowak and Ben Swinburne. Watch launched last August, with the social network streaming hundreds of shows — including content from A&E, Vox, Thrillist, and debuting shows like “Ball in the Family,” following around Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and his zany family.

And Facebook — often more associated with an older crowd than Instagram, its trendy photo app — will be happy to see Watch is performing well with a younger demo; 40 percent of 16-34 year-olds check out Watch on a daily basis. Short form content (20 minutes or less) has been the most popular on Facebook, Morgan Stanley pointed out.

“We are encouraged (and admittedly surprised) by this early Watch traction as it speaks to [Facebook’s] ability to drive adoption of new products,” said Nowak and Swinburne. “We view Watch (and video) as the next key long-term driver of FB engagement and monetization.”

The data was pulled in December, with Morgan Stanley surveying 1,400 Americans, aged 16 and older.

YouTube remains the king of the online video hill, however, 78 percent of respondents watch YouTube on a weekly basis — and one out of four saying they watch at least an hour each day.

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It looks like a fair amount of people are checking out LaVar Ball on Facebook.

Facebook’s Watch — its budding video platform — is off to a strong start, according to a new study from Morgan Stanley.

Forty percent of Facebook users check out clips on a weekly basis, according to analysts Brian Nowak and Ben Swinburne. Watch launched last August, with the social network streaming hundreds of shows — including content from A&E, Vox, Thrillist, and debuting shows like “Ball in the Family,” following around Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and his zany family.

And Facebook — often more associated with an older crowd than Instagram, its trendy photo app — will be happy to see Watch is performing well with a younger demo; 40 percent of 16-34 year-olds check out Watch on a daily basis. Short form content (20 minutes or less) has been the most popular on Facebook, Morgan Stanley pointed out.

“We are encouraged (and admittedly surprised) by this early Watch traction as it speaks to [Facebook’s] ability to drive adoption of new products,” said Nowak and Swinburne. “We view Watch (and video) as the next key long-term driver of FB engagement and monetization.”

The data was pulled in December, with Morgan Stanley surveying 1,400 Americans, aged 16 and older.

YouTube remains the king of the online video hill, however, 78 percent of respondents watch YouTube on a weekly basis — and one out of four saying they watch at least an hour each day.

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Lavar Ball Tweets Cartoon GIF of Him Dunking on Trump, Takes Twitter Feud to New Level

The Twitter feud between LaVar Ball and Donald Trump rages on, with the latest salvo coming into the form of an animated GIF of the Big Baller Brand founder dunking on the president. But there’s so much more than just the dunk. Take a look.

Let’s break this down. The dunk is the main thing here, and it’s spectacular. The animated LaVar does a windmill slam on Trump. That’s wild, but what comes after that’s the true dig.

First, Trump falls on his butt and the ball bounces off his hair. Given how Trump’s hair is a topic of discussion, there’s almost zero chance it’s not intended as an extra insult.

Also Read: Trump Again Slams ‘Ungrateful Fool’ LaVar Ball: ‘Poor Man’s Version of Don King’

Finally, after the action, Trump whips out his phone and scrolls through Twitter only to encounter the GIF of the dunking. Which means this GIF not only exists in our reality, but also the reality inside the GIF.

For those not familiar with the Ball-Trump feud, it began last month when Ball’s son LiAngelo, a former UCLA basketball player was arrested in China for shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store. LiAngelo and his teammates who were also arrested eventually returned home after being forced to stay at the team hotel for an extended period. Trump took credit for getting LiAngelo home, and angrily tweeted afterward that the players weren’t grateful enough to him for his help. Then LaVar Ball shot back, and that’s where we stand.

Also Read: Stephen Colbert Weighs in on Trump’s Weird Feud With LaVar Ball (Video)

As a result of the incident, LiAngelo and the others were indefinitely suspended from the UCLA team. The younger Ball has since pulled out of school and signed with an agent, which will prevent him from being able to playing for another college basketball team.

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The Twitter feud between LaVar Ball and Donald Trump rages on, with the latest salvo coming into the form of an animated GIF of the Big Baller Brand founder dunking on the president. But there’s so much more than just the dunk. Take a look.

Let’s break this down. The dunk is the main thing here, and it’s spectacular. The animated LaVar does a windmill slam on Trump. That’s wild, but what comes after that’s the true dig.

First, Trump falls on his butt and the ball bounces off his hair. Given how Trump’s hair is a topic of discussion, there’s almost zero chance it’s not intended as an extra insult.

Finally, after the action, Trump whips out his phone and scrolls through Twitter only to encounter the GIF of the dunking. Which means this GIF not only exists in our reality, but also the reality inside the GIF.

For those not familiar with the Ball-Trump feud, it began last month when Ball’s son LiAngelo, a former UCLA basketball player was arrested in China for shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store. LiAngelo and his teammates who were also arrested eventually returned home after being forced to stay at the team hotel for an extended period. Trump took credit for getting LiAngelo home, and angrily tweeted afterward that the players weren’t grateful enough to him for his help. Then LaVar Ball shot back, and that’s where we stand.

As a result of the incident, LiAngelo and the others were indefinitely suspended from the UCLA team. The younger Ball has since pulled out of school and signed with an agent, which will prevent him from being able to playing for another college basketball team.

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Angry, confused Trump supporters are attacking LeVar Burton on Twitter

Many Trump voters did so with full knowledge of his incompetence and mental incompatibility with the office, deciding that a racist huckster was somehow better than the alternative. Others thought voting for him would be funny, or that he could be pulled even further to the right, creating a white nationalist…

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President Trump Escalates War Of Words With “Poor Man’s Don King” LaVar Ball

The feud between President Donald Trump and basketball dad LaVar Ball escalated after the Commander in Chief called Ball “a poor man’s Don King” and an “ungrateful fool.”
The Wednesday morning tweet comes after the pair continue to argue about Trump’s role in securing the release of Ball’s son from a Chinese jail after he was held for shoplifting Louis Vitton sunglasses.
In the latest early morning blast, Trump claimed personal responsibility for the release of LiAngelo…

The feud between President Donald Trump and basketball dad LaVar Ball escalated after the Commander in Chief called Ball “a poor man’s Don King” and an “ungrateful fool.” The Wednesday morning tweet comes after the pair continue to argue about Trump's role in securing the release of Ball's son from a Chinese jail after he was held for shoplifting Louis Vitton sunglasses. In the latest early morning blast, Trump claimed personal responsibility for the release of LiAngelo…

Trump Again Slams ‘Ungrateful Fool’ LaVar Ball: ‘Poor Man’s Version of Don King’

President Donald Trump escalated his verbal attacks on LaVar Ball, calling the former pro athlete-turned-businessman and reality TV star an “ungrateful fool” and “poor man’s version of Don King.”

In a series of early morning tweets on Wednesday, the president stepped up his insults toward Ball for what he considered a lack of gratitude for Trump’s efforts free Lavar’s son LiAngelo Ball from possible prison after a shoplifting arrest earlier this month in China.

“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME,” the president wrote.

Also Read: Stephen Colbert Weighs in on Trump’s Weird Feud With LaVar Ball (Video)

He went on to slam Ball, who in a Monday CNN interview had refused to credit the president’s efforts to gain release for LiAngelo and two other UCLA basketball players, as “just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”

The freshman and two classmates admitted to stealing merchandise from stores in China, where a shoplifting conviction could lead to a 10-year prison sentence. They publicly thanked the president last Wednesday, after some prompting by an earlier presidential tweet.

Also Read: Twitter Celebrates LaVar Ball’s Latest Baffling CNN Appearance (Video)

LaVar Ball, the star of the Facebook reality series “Ball in the Family” about his family of athletic prodigies, was not so quick to give thanks. (In addition to LiAngelo, Ball’s sons include L.A. Lakers Lonzo Ball and high schooler LaMelo Ball.)

“But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!” the president concluded, making the most of Twitter’s new maximum character count.

Don King, the longtime professional boxing promoter convicted of second-degree murder in 1967, campaigned for Trump last year.

It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017

…LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017

Trump also provocatively retweeted a message from a supporter with a crude description of his former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. “If Hillary got my kid out of prison, as much as I hate the woman, I’d thank her corrupt ass!” wrote conservative talk radio host Joey Mannarino.

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President Donald Trump escalated his verbal attacks on LaVar Ball, calling the former pro athlete-turned-businessman and reality TV star an “ungrateful fool” and “poor man’s version of Don King.”

In a series of early morning tweets on Wednesday, the president stepped up his insults toward Ball for what he considered a lack of gratitude for Trump’s efforts free Lavar’s son LiAngelo Ball from possible prison after a shoplifting arrest earlier this month in China.

“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME,” the president wrote.

He went on to slam Ball, who in a Monday CNN interview had refused to credit the president’s efforts to gain release for LiAngelo and two other UCLA basketball players, as “just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”

The freshman and two classmates admitted to stealing merchandise from stores in China, where a shoplifting conviction could lead to a 10-year prison sentence. They publicly thanked the president last Wednesday, after some prompting by an earlier presidential tweet.

LaVar Ball, the star of the Facebook reality series “Ball in the Family” about his family of athletic prodigies, was not so quick to give thanks. (In addition to LiAngelo, Ball’s sons include L.A. Lakers Lonzo Ball and high schooler LaMelo Ball.)

“But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!” the president concluded, making the most of Twitter’s new maximum character count.

Don King, the longtime professional boxing promoter convicted of second-degree murder in 1967, campaigned for Trump last year.

Trump also provocatively retweeted a message from a supporter with a crude description of his former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. “If Hillary got my kid out of prison, as much as I hate the woman, I’d thank her corrupt ass!” wrote conservative talk radio host Joey Mannarino.

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Stephen Colbert Weighs in on Trump’s Weird Feud With LaVar Ball (Video)

On the same night LaVar Ball showed up for a now-infamous appearance on Chris Cuomo’s CNN show, Stephen Colbert kicked off Monday’s edition of “The Late Show” with a discussion of Ball’s bizarre feud with President Trump.

The two have been going at it since last week, when Ball’s youngest son, UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball was arrested along with three other players for shoplifting while the team was in the city of Hangzhou, China. After the three players were released, Donald Trump said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene, and complained on Twitter that the players were insufficiently grateful.

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When asked about Trump’s commment by ESPN, LaVar Ball’s response was a blunt: “who?” This outraged Trump further, and POTUS on Sunday slammed Ball and said about his son and classmates that “I should have left them in jail!”

After describing the beef, Colbert said “Well, say what you will about Donald Trump, and I do, but he is the president and ultimately far above responding to a publicity-hungry troll.”

“I”m just kidding,” Colbert continued, adding “Mr. Trump, I know you’re upset, but maybe now’s not the best time to be implying that someone’s kid should go to jail for what their dad did.”

Watch a clip below:

TONIGHT: It’s #ThanksgivingWeek and everyone is feeling especially grateful… except for LaVar Ball, who refuses to thank the President. pic.twitter.com/gaJZq0pHh1

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) November 21, 2017

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On the same night LaVar Ball showed up for a now-infamous appearance on Chris Cuomo’s CNN show, Stephen Colbert kicked off Monday’s edition of “The Late Show” with a discussion of Ball’s bizarre feud with President Trump.

The two have been going at it since last week, when Ball’s youngest son, UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball was arrested along with three other players for shoplifting while the team was in the city of Hangzhou, China. After the three players were released, Donald Trump said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene, and complained on Twitter that the players were insufficiently grateful.

When asked about Trump’s commment by ESPN, LaVar Ball’s response was a blunt: “who?” This outraged Trump further, and POTUS on Sunday slammed Ball and said about his son and classmates that “I should have left them in jail!”

After describing the beef, Colbert said “Well, say what you will about Donald Trump, and I do, but he is the president and ultimately far above responding to a publicity-hungry troll.”

“I”m just kidding,” Colbert continued, adding “Mr. Trump, I know you’re upset, but maybe now’s not the best time to be implying that someone’s kid should go to jail for what their dad did.”

Watch a clip below:

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Twitter Celebrates LaVar Ball’s Latest Baffling CNN Appearance (Video)

LaVar Ball, father of NBA rookie Lonzo Ball, appeared Monday night on Chris Cuomo’s CNN show to talk about his ongoing war of words with Donald Trump. And as far as Twitter is concerned, the resulting interview tops pretty much anything Ball has said or done since he unveiled his son’s absurdly expensive line of athletic shoes earlier this year.

The stand-out moment: Ball spending nearly 30 seconds demanding that Cuomo thank him for appearing on the show before agreeing to begin the discussion:

LaVar Ball’s troll level is unmatched. Chris Cuomo is worked. ???? pic.twitter.com/Fohv82Csnu

— Hardys Closet (@HardysMedia) November 21, 2017

The issue at hand was Ball’s other basketball-playing son, UCLA student LiAngelo Ball, who, along with two other UCLA players, was arrested for shoplifting last week while the team was in the city of Hangzhou, China.

Their arrest happened to overlap with Trump’s trip to China, and after the three players were released, Trump said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene. Trump later complained that the players were insufficiently grateful, tweeting on Wednesday: “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!”

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Trump’s complaint prompted thanks from the students, but when ESPN later asked Lavar about it, he dismissed it. “Who?” he said. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

That comment enraged Trump, who on Sunday tweeted the following:

Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017

Back to Monday night’s CNN appearance, highlights of which include the above-mentioned demand for thanks, and LaVar’s testy “What’s your name, are you Donald Trump’s brother?”

See the whole thing here:

LaVar Ball, the father of a basketball player freed from China who also recently ran afoul of President Trump on Twitter, talks with @ChrisCuomo: “I don’t have to go around saying thank you to everybody” https://t.co/Y1HRSycqyD pic.twitter.com/a7in4bLogG

— CNN (@CNN) November 21, 2017

“He fessed up to it. … It was an impulse thing, a bad decision at a bad time, that’s all it was for an 18-year-old who never done anything wrong,” says LaVar Ball, father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball https://t.co/NE3kictbKv pic.twitter.com/ZGobFZ6Aug

— CNN (@CNN) November 21, 2017

“If you help, you shouldn’t have to say anything,” says LaVar Ball, father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball, adding, “Let him do his political affairs and let me handle my son, and let’s just stay in our lane” https://t.co/CzyFZ2YTO1 pic.twitter.com/1XiXEg6Pl4

— CNN (@CNN) November 21, 2017

But if the combative and unrepentant Ball frustrated Cuomo, he delighted social media. “The winner and STILL champion of the world…LaVar Ball!!!” said one user. “LaVar Ball’s troll level is unmatched” said another. “LaVar Ball has won 2017. In the year of trolling, he is the King of the Trolls and I love it,” said still another.

Read on for a sampling.

Most accurate portrayal of Lavar Ball’s CNN interview https://t.co/rjNhaGEA8V

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 21, 2017

Lavar Ball makes Christ Cuomo look smart and logical. Let that sink in.

pic.twitter.com/0oyvtHeOih

— BooBoo NyC (@BooBooNyc) November 21, 2017

The real winner: LaVar Ball, ladies and gentlemen. pic.twitter.com/glPJDKPs3K

— theScore (@theScore) November 21, 2017

LaVar Ball has won 2017. In the year of trolling, he is the King of the Trolls and I love it. pic.twitter.com/i7dK14ScAX

— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) November 21, 2017

Lavar Ball just roasted Chris Cuomo and offered some ????️????️????️ merch, CNN lost.

— Ahmed/they don’t like me cuz i’m white & i rap ???? (@big_business_) November 21, 2017

When the Lavar Ball CNN interview finally ends: pic.twitter.com/8cKoEOxKDr

— Chuck Naso (@ChuckNaso) November 21, 2017

The winner and STILL champion of the world…LaVar Ball!!!pic.twitter.com/tC6NnlL9gB

— Clemzingis (@TheClemReport) November 21, 2017

when i know i shouldn’t like Lavar Ball but the fact everyone hates him makes me like him pic.twitter.com/OswlM68z3M

— Daniel Ware (@DanielTWare) November 21, 2017

LaVar Ball to Chris Cuomo “Whats your name, are you Donald Trump’s brother? pic.twitter.com/d3NFGg6k0J

— gifdsports (@gifdsports) November 21, 2017

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LaVar Ball, father of NBA rookie Lonzo Ball, appeared Monday night on Chris Cuomo’s CNN show to talk about his ongoing war of words with Donald Trump. And as far as Twitter is concerned, the resulting interview tops pretty much anything Ball has said or done since he unveiled his son’s absurdly expensive line of athletic shoes earlier this year.

The stand-out moment: Ball spending nearly 30 seconds demanding that Cuomo thank him for appearing on the show before agreeing to begin the discussion:

The issue at hand was Ball’s other basketball-playing son, UCLA student LiAngelo Ball, who, along with two other UCLA players, was arrested for shoplifting last week while the team was in the city of Hangzhou, China.

Their arrest happened to overlap with Trump’s trip to China, and after the three players were released, Trump said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene. Trump later complained that the players were insufficiently grateful, tweeting on Wednesday: “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!”

Trump’s complaint prompted thanks from the students, but when ESPN later asked Lavar about it, he dismissed it. “Who?” he said. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

That comment enraged Trump, who on Sunday tweeted the following:

Back to Monday night’s CNN appearance, highlights of which include the above-mentioned demand for thanks, and LaVar’s testy “What’s your name, are you Donald Trump’s brother?”

See the whole thing here:

But if the combative and unrepentant Ball frustrated Cuomo, he delighted social media. “The winner and STILL champion of the world…LaVar Ball!!!” said one user. “LaVar Ball’s troll level is unmatched” said another. “LaVar Ball has won 2017. In the year of trolling, he is the King of the Trolls and I love it,” said still another.

Read on for a sampling.

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Well, it finally happened: Two of the loudest, brashest voices in modern American media have finally collided with each other, setting off a new Golden Age of petty, asinine bullshit in which the rest of us are all now forced to live. In one corner: Self-promotion sensation LaVar Ball, who’s risen to fame over the…

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Well, it finally happened: Two of the loudest, brashest voices in modern American media have finally collided with each other, setting off a new Golden Age of petty, asinine bullshit in which the rest of us are all now forced to live. In one corner: Self-promotion sensation LaVar Ball, who’s risen to fame over the…

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President Donald Trump On LaVar Ball Diss: “I Should Have Left Them In Jail!”

President Donald Trump fired back via Twitter today at claims by basketball patriarch LaVar Ball that he didn’t have much to do with helping his son, LiAngelo, escape Chinese justice for shoplifting.

Ball told ESPN yesterday that claims Trump aided his son, UCLA freshman basketballer LiAngelo Ball, were making “a big deal out of nothing.”
“Who?” Ball said to ESPN. “What was (Trump) over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me…

President Donald Trump fired back via Twitter today at claims by basketball patriarch LaVar Ball that he didn’t have much to do with helping his son, LiAngelo, escape Chinese justice for shoplifting. Ball told ESPN yesterday that claims Trump aided his son, UCLA freshman basketballer LiAngelo Ball, were making “a big deal out of nothing.” "Who?" Ball said to ESPN. "What was (Trump) over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me…

LaVar Ball Denies Trump Helped Free Son LiAngelo From China Shoplifting Charges

LaVar Ball, patriarch of the famed basketball family, has denied that President Donald Trump helped his son, UCLA freshman basketballer LiAngelo Ball, get out of potential shoplifting charges in China.
Speaking to ESPN, LaVar Ball said “everyone” wanted to make it seem like Trump helped the family, and noted that people try to “make a big deal out of nothing.”
Ball’s basketball family has a reality show, Ball in the Family, that airs on Facebook, and his brash style is…

LaVar Ball, patriarch of the famed basketball family, has denied that President Donald Trump helped his son, UCLA freshman basketballer LiAngelo Ball, get out of potential shoplifting charges in China. Speaking to ESPN, LaVar Ball said “everyone” wanted to make it seem like Trump helped the family, and noted that people try to “make a big deal out of nothing.” Ball’s basketball family has a reality show, Ball in the Family, that airs on Facebook, and his brash style is…

UCLA Frosh LiAngelo Ball Remains In China On Shoplifting Charges As Team Departs

The UCLA basketball team is heading home to Los Angeles from China without star freshman LiAngelo Ball, who is accused of shoplifting and detained. And it may be a while before Ball rejoins them, as new evidence in his case has surfaced.
ESPN is reporting that there is surveillance footage of Ball and fellow UCLA freshmen players Jalen Hill and Cody Riley shoplifting from three stores inside a retail center near the team hotel in Hangzhou, China. The players have spoken…

The UCLA basketball team is heading home to Los Angeles from China without star freshman LiAngelo Ball, who is accused of shoplifting and detained. And it may be a while before Ball rejoins them, as new evidence in his case has surfaced. ESPN is reporting that there is surveillance footage of Ball and fellow UCLA freshmen players Jalen Hill and Cody Riley shoplifting from three stores inside a retail center near the team hotel in Hangzhou, China. The players have spoken…

Lonzo and LaVar Ball Re-Up With Facebook: ‘Ball in the Family’ Renewed for Season 2

LaVar Ball, digital media mogul?

With the NBA season tipping-off, Facebook announced on Tuesday it’s bringing back the Lonzo and LaVar Ball-led series “Ball in the Family” for a second season.

The show debuted on Facebook’s Watch platform in August, following the first family of SoCal hoops as it navigated from Lonzo being drafted to the Lakers, to high school sensation LaMelo running into girlfriend problems. But the star of the show, as hoops heads have come to expect, was cocksure patriarch LaVar Ball, who took 13 seconds to announce the show’s return. And yes, he was decked out in his trademarked Big Baller Brand merchandise when he shared the news.

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The first episode was a smash, racking up more than 22 million views. But the following seven episodes haven’t pulled in as many eyeballs, with about 8 million combined views. The season finale is coming up on Oct. 29.

Reality TV hitmakers Bunim/Murray Productions — best known for “The Real World” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” — will continue producing the show.

Beyond Lonzo’s budding career in Los Angeles, the show looked at LaVar building out the budding BBB sportswear brand, along with matriarch Tina Ball’s battle to come back from a stroke. “Ball in the Family” was part of Facebook’s initial push into original content over the summer.

Here’s to viewers finally being treated to that one-on-one battle between LaVar and Michael Jordan in the season two premiere.

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LaVar Ball, digital media mogul?

With the NBA season tipping-off, Facebook announced on Tuesday it’s bringing back the Lonzo and LaVar Ball-led series “Ball in the Family” for a second season.

The show debuted on Facebook’s Watch platform in August, following the first family of SoCal hoops as it navigated from Lonzo being drafted to the Lakers, to high school sensation LaMelo running into girlfriend problems. But the star of the show, as hoops heads have come to expect, was cocksure patriarch LaVar Ball, who took 13 seconds to announce the show’s return. And yes, he was decked out in his trademarked Big Baller Brand merchandise when he shared the news.

The first episode was a smash, racking up more than 22 million views. But the following seven episodes haven’t pulled in as many eyeballs, with about 8 million combined views. The season finale is coming up on Oct. 29.

Reality TV hitmakers Bunim/Murray Productions — best known for “The Real World” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” — will continue producing the show.

Beyond Lonzo’s budding career in Los Angeles, the show looked at LaVar building out the budding BBB sportswear brand, along with matriarch Tina Ball’s battle to come back from a stroke. “Ball in the Family” was part of Facebook’s initial push into original content over the summer.

Here’s to viewers finally being treated to that one-on-one battle between LaVar and Michael Jordan in the season two premiere.

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5 Things to Watch on Facebook’s ‘Watch’ This Weekend: From ‘Ball in the Family’ to ‘Dad Jokes’

Labor Day Weekend is here, and you’re ready to go out and party. That’s the plan, at least, but if you’re like me, it’ll likely involve spending too much time streaming new shows and avoiding the blistering heat.

But with Facebook’s Watch — the social network’s new platform for original content — rolling out to users in the U.S., streamers have a fresh destination for shows. Viewers can now find Watch nestled right underneath the Facebook News Feed and Messenger tabs on the left side of their screen.

FB is going full force with its Watch launch, immediately dropping hundreds of shows. From the start, Watch is separating itself from streaming heavyweights like Netflix and Hulu. Many of its shows are quick-hitters, under 10 minutes long and tailor-made for sharing on social. Others, though, run longer than 20 minutes and have sleek production.

Also Read: Is Apple Too Late to Win at the Content Game?

With a myriad of options to choose from, I’ve taken it upon myself to check a few of them out and pass along my two cents. Keep in mind I am not a trained television critic and these are completely arbitrary selections, but if you’re looking to sneak away from the above ground pool for a few minutes this weekend, these shows might catch your eye.

“Ball in the Family” 

Look, I’m the target audience for this one; SoCal born and raised, Lakers fan, and I’ve enjoyed LaVar Ball’s yearlong run of hilarious (and sometimes cringeworthy) interviews. But with more than 2.5 million views in its first 24 hours since going live, “Ball in the Family” has clearly piqued the interest of more than just hardcore hoops fans.

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The 18-minute show follows new Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, his wacky dad LaVar, and the rest of the Ball basketball clan. The debut episode centers on the night Lonzo was drafted by the Lakers back in June, and has a few funny moments sprinkled in. I especially enjoyed every person on screen rocking Big Baller Brand — LaVar’s nascent sportswear line. The guy is a marketing genius. But the episode also had a dramatic element to it as well, touching on Tina, the matriarch of the family, and her recovery from a major stroke. Whether you love or loathe LaVar, it’s probably worth a test run.

“Skimm’d With…” 

One of TheSkimm’s two shows launching on Watch, “Skimm’d With…” features a rotating cast of celebrities breaking down topics in the news. For its maiden voyage, “Skimm’d With…” has “The Simpsons” voiceover masetro Hank Azaria explaining what bitcoin is. And he’s doing it from a bathtub, with a glass of champagne in his hand, because why the hell not?

Also Read: ‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’: Comedian Recounts Early Years in First Trailer for Netflix Special (Video)

The explainer was top notch from Azaria, but Bitcoin is moving too fast for the show to keep up; “Skimm’d With” notes bitcoin has rocketed to hit $2,000… and it’s now at nearly $5,000. Upcoming episodes will have Chelsea Handler, Brooklyn Decker, and Minka Kelly chiming in on the news.

“Humans of New York: The Series”

Building off the popular art project profiling New Yorkers since 2010, “Humans of New York: The Series” takes a look at several stories in The Big Apple. It covers the full spectrum, from dancers on the subway to a woman dealing with her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Along the way you get a glimpse of what makes New York such a distinct city — it’s array of natives from every walk of life.

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“Dad Jokes”

I stumbled across this one in my Watch queue, another example of Facebook knowing what you want to see — even before you know it. “Dad Jokes” works because it’s simple, with two comedians squaring off and telling each other silly PG-rated jokes. Whichever jokester can earn the most “laugh points” by getting a reaction from their competition is crowned the winner. If you’re nostalgic for MTV’s “Yo Momma,” “Dad Jokes” is a good show to zone out to.

“Career Canines” 

This is for all the dog lovers out there. ABC Network’s “Career Canines” takes a look at dogs with jobs — and put me to shame in the process. The first episode profiles Isky, a K-9 that helps a wounded warrior returning from Afghanistan. As one sergeant puts it, Isky is truly an “American hero.”

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Labor Day Weekend is here, and you’re ready to go out and party. That’s the plan, at least, but if you’re like me, it’ll likely involve spending too much time streaming new shows and avoiding the blistering heat.

But with Facebook’s Watch — the social network’s new platform for original content — rolling out to users in the U.S., streamers have a fresh destination for shows. Viewers can now find Watch nestled right underneath the Facebook News Feed and Messenger tabs on the left side of their screen.

FB is going full force with its Watch launch, immediately dropping hundreds of shows. From the start, Watch is separating itself from streaming heavyweights like Netflix and Hulu. Many of its shows are quick-hitters, under 10 minutes long and tailor-made for sharing on social. Others, though, run longer than 20 minutes and have sleek production.

With a myriad of options to choose from, I’ve taken it upon myself to check a few of them out and pass along my two cents. Keep in mind I am not a trained television critic and these are completely arbitrary selections, but if you’re looking to sneak away from the above ground pool for a few minutes this weekend, these shows might catch your eye.

“Ball in the Family” 

Look, I’m the target audience for this one; SoCal born and raised, Lakers fan, and I’ve enjoyed LaVar Ball’s yearlong run of hilarious (and sometimes cringeworthy) interviews. But with more than 2.5 million views in its first 24 hours since going live, “Ball in the Family” has clearly piqued the interest of more than just hardcore hoops fans.

The 18-minute show follows new Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, his wacky dad LaVar, and the rest of the Ball basketball clan. The debut episode centers on the night Lonzo was drafted by the Lakers back in June, and has a few funny moments sprinkled in. I especially enjoyed every person on screen rocking Big Baller Brand — LaVar’s nascent sportswear line. The guy is a marketing genius. But the episode also had a dramatic element to it as well, touching on Tina, the matriarch of the family, and her recovery from a major stroke. Whether you love or loathe LaVar, it’s probably worth a test run.

“Skimm’d With…” 

One of TheSkimm’s two shows launching on Watch, “Skimm’d With…” features a rotating cast of celebrities breaking down topics in the news. For its maiden voyage, “Skimm’d With…” has “The Simpsons” voiceover masetro Hank Azaria explaining what bitcoin is. And he’s doing it from a bathtub, with a glass of champagne in his hand, because why the hell not?

The explainer was top notch from Azaria, but Bitcoin is moving too fast for the show to keep up; “Skimm’d With” notes bitcoin has rocketed to hit $2,000… and it’s now at nearly $5,000. Upcoming episodes will have Chelsea Handler, Brooklyn Decker, and Minka Kelly chiming in on the news.

“Humans of New York: The Series”

Building off the popular art project profiling New Yorkers since 2010, “Humans of New York: The Series” takes a look at several stories in The Big Apple. It covers the full spectrum, from dancers on the subway to a woman dealing with her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Along the way you get a glimpse of what makes New York such a distinct city — it’s array of natives from every walk of life.

“Dad Jokes”

I stumbled across this one in my Watch queue, another example of Facebook knowing what you want to see — even before you know it. “Dad Jokes” works because it’s simple, with two comedians squaring off and telling each other silly PG-rated jokes. Whichever jokester can earn the most “laugh points” by getting a reaction from their competition is crowned the winner. If you’re nostalgic for MTV’s “Yo Momma,” “Dad Jokes” is a good show to zone out to.

“Career Canines” 

This is for all the dog lovers out there. ABC Network’s “Career Canines” takes a look at dogs with jobs — and put me to shame in the process. The first episode profiles Isky, a K-9 that helps a wounded warrior returning from Afghanistan. As one sergeant puts it, Isky is truly an “American hero.”

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Can LaVar Ball’s boastful antics and familial dramas draw a TV-size audience for Facebook? The first two episodes of “Ball in the Family” — a docu-series about LaVar Ball, his basketball whiz-kid sons and his wife — will premiere Aug. 31 on the social platform. The show was funded by Facebook and produced by Bunim-Murray Productions,… Read more »

Can LaVar Ball’s boastful antics and familial dramas draw a TV-size audience for Facebook? The first two episodes of “Ball in the Family” — a docu-series about LaVar Ball, his basketball whiz-kid sons and his wife — will premiere Aug. 31 on the social platform. The show was funded by Facebook and produced by Bunim-Murray Productions,... Read more »

Michael Jordan Tells LaVar Ball: I Could Beat You ‘One-Legged’ (Video)

Michael Jordan — widely regarded as the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) when it comes to hoops — has finally shot back at LaVar Ball, the brash father of the Number 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Lonzo Ball, saying that he couldn’t beat him “if I was one-legged!”

Air Jordan was responding to a question from an attendee at his annual Flight Camp in Santa Barbara, California. His Airness didn’t mince words, and clowned LaVar for his college career in the process (Ball Sr. played at Washington State from 1987-1988).

“You’ve got to understand the source. He played, I think, college, maybe?” Jordan asked. “He averaged, like, 2.2 points a game. Really? It doesn’t dignify an answer, but I’m going to give it to you, because you asked the question: I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.”

Also Read: ESPN’s Jay Bilas Rip ‘Misogynistic Buffoon’ LaVar Ball: ‘He Has Become a Joke’

Did you expect anything less from Jordan? He’s the same guy who spent the majority of his Hall of Fame induction speech rehashing a laundry list of old foes he had vanquished, Richard Nixon-style.

If you haven’t been following the MJ-Ball “rivalry,” LaVar made waves in a March USA Today profile when he said “back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.” Ball has built a cottage industry out of his outlandish claims, using the headlines to promote his budding Big Baller Brand line of apparel and sneakers. A select few of his greatest hits include: saying Lonzo was better than two-time reigning MVP Steph Curry (he’s not),  guaranteeing Lonzo would lead UCLA to an NCAA championship (didn’t happen), and saying it’d take a billion dollars to sign his son to a shoe deal (Nike and Adidas, uh, passed).

His cocksure attitude has also gotten him into hot water. Ball was under fire last week for demanding a female referee be removed mid-game during an AAU tournament for his youngest son.

Also Read: 3 Reasons Why LaVar Ball Is Internet ‘Gold’

Jordan, for his part, actually took a second to see Ball’s side of things — before laying the smackdown once more.

“Look, every parent is very proud of their kids,” the Chicago Bulls legend said. “I don’t discourage that. I think the kid [Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo] is really good. I think he has the potential to be a good player. But I would say, if I had to sit down and talk to him right now, if he was here, I would tell him (LaVar) to shut up and let the kids play.”

And if you expected Ball to go quietly into the night, you don’t know LaVar. He gave his response loud and clear on Instagram later on Tuesday.

Also Read: LaVar Ball and Sons Take Over WWE’s ‘Monday Night Raw’ (Video)

We’ll keep you posted if the PPV goes down.

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Michael Jordan — widely regarded as the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) when it comes to hoops — has finally shot back at LaVar Ball, the brash father of the Number 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Lonzo Ball, saying that he couldn’t beat him “if I was one-legged!”

Air Jordan was responding to a question from an attendee at his annual Flight Camp in Santa Barbara, California. His Airness didn’t mince words, and clowned LaVar for his college career in the process (Ball Sr. played at Washington State from 1987-1988).

“You’ve got to understand the source. He played, I think, college, maybe?” Jordan asked. “He averaged, like, 2.2 points a game. Really? It doesn’t dignify an answer, but I’m going to give it to you, because you asked the question: I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.”

Did you expect anything less from Jordan? He’s the same guy who spent the majority of his Hall of Fame induction speech rehashing a laundry list of old foes he had vanquished, Richard Nixon-style.

If you haven’t been following the MJ-Ball “rivalry,” LaVar made waves in a March USA Today profile when he said “back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.” Ball has built a cottage industry out of his outlandish claims, using the headlines to promote his budding Big Baller Brand line of apparel and sneakers. A select few of his greatest hits include: saying Lonzo was better than two-time reigning MVP Steph Curry (he’s not),  guaranteeing Lonzo would lead UCLA to an NCAA championship (didn’t happen), and saying it’d take a billion dollars to sign his son to a shoe deal (Nike and Adidas, uh, passed).

His cocksure attitude has also gotten him into hot water. Ball was under fire last week for demanding a female referee be removed mid-game during an AAU tournament for his youngest son.

Jordan, for his part, actually took a second to see Ball’s side of things — before laying the smackdown once more.

“Look, every parent is very proud of their kids,” the Chicago Bulls legend said. “I don’t discourage that. I think the kid [Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo] is really good. I think he has the potential to be a good player. But I would say, if I had to sit down and talk to him right now, if he was here, I would tell him (LaVar) to shut up and let the kids play.”

And if you expected Ball to go quietly into the night, you don’t know LaVar. He gave his response loud and clear on Instagram later on Tuesday.

We’ll keep you posted if the PPV goes down.

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LaVar Ball and Sons Take Over WWE’s ‘Monday Night Raw’ (Video)

Lonzo Ball will soon be calling the Staples Center home when the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round draft pick plays for the team next season, but on Monday he took over the stadium for very different reasons.

The newest NBA recruit was joined by his loud-mouthed dad, LaVar, and younger brother, LaMelo Ball, for WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” — and the family certainly made an impact in their pro wrestling debut.

The trio joined The Miz for a very memorable edition of his WWE “must-see” talk show, but not as usually happens with the Balls, not everything went according to script.

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Never ones to shy away from self promotion, the ring featured four mannequins wearing “Big Baller” T-shirts, with LaVar introducing Lonzo as “not only the face of the Big Baller brand, but the face of the Lakers,” as his oldest son made his Staples Center debut.

“It is an honor to sit in this ring with the Big Baller family,” The Miz told them, sucking up to the special guests while trying to jump into a partnership with them.

That idea did not sit with LaVar, who told him that the Miz stood for “miz-interpretted zone.” (Yep, that’s definitely not a real word).

“Or, it stands for a million zippers … you’d better stay in your lane, or the hunt is on and you’re the prey,” Ball added.

“There are only two dudes better than I am and I’m both of them,” he went on to boast. (Yup, that doesn’t make a lot of sense either…)

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LaVar and The Miz then both stripped their shirts off — and it was on, especially when Dean Ambrose came out offering to represent the Big Baller Brand.

LaMelo, a 15-year-old at Chino Hills High School, also discovered the danger of a wearing a mic on live TV as he told his dad: “Beat that n—–.” Oops, that’s a hard lesson to learn.

WWE was quick to respond on a statement saying: “The inappropriate language used by a guest during the ‘Miz TV’ segment was not scripted nor reflects WWE’s values,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Watch the video of the whole circus above — and be sure to keep an eye out for the ongoing LaVar show once the NBA season actually tips off in October.

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Lonzo Ball will soon be calling the Staples Center home when the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round draft pick plays for the team next season, but on Monday he took over the stadium for very different reasons.

The newest NBA recruit was joined by his loud-mouthed dad, LaVar, and younger brother, LaMelo Ball, for WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” — and the family certainly made an impact in their pro wrestling debut.

The trio joined The Miz for a very memorable edition of his WWE “must-see” talk show, but not as usually happens with the Balls, not everything went according to script.

Never ones to shy away from self promotion, the ring featured four mannequins wearing “Big Baller” T-shirts, with LaVar introducing Lonzo as “not only the face of the Big Baller brand, but the face of the Lakers,” as his oldest son made his Staples Center debut.

“It is an honor to sit in this ring with the Big Baller family,” The Miz told them, sucking up to the special guests while trying to jump into a partnership with them.

That idea did not sit with LaVar, who told him that the Miz stood for “miz-interpretted zone.” (Yep, that’s definitely not a real word).

“Or, it stands for a million zippers … you’d better stay in your lane, or the hunt is on and you’re the prey,” Ball added.

“There are only two dudes better than I am and I’m both of them,” he went on to boast. (Yup, that doesn’t make a lot of sense either…)

LaVar and The Miz then both stripped their shirts off — and it was on, especially when Dean Ambrose came out offering to represent the Big Baller Brand.

LaMelo, a 15-year-old at Chino Hills High School, also discovered the danger of a wearing a mic on live TV as he told his dad: “Beat that n—–.” Oops, that’s a hard lesson to learn.

WWE was quick to respond on a statement saying: “The inappropriate language used by a guest during the ‘Miz TV’ segment was not scripted nor reflects WWE’s values,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Watch the video of the whole circus above — and be sure to keep an eye out for the ongoing LaVar show once the NBA season actually tips off in October.

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3 Reasons Why LaVar Ball Is Internet ‘Gold’

While the Boston Celtics won the NBA lottery on Tuesday night, giving the franchise the first overall pick in next month’s draft — the real winner across social media was clearly LaVar Ball.

The outspoken (to put it mildly) father of UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball — who appears destined to be drafted No. 2 by the Los Angeles Lakers — has become an internet sensation thanks to his outlandish comments and GIF-able mannerisms.

“Anything with Lavar Ball’s name attached to it is going to drive clicks,” Drew Ruiz, a contributor for Slam Magazine, told TheWrap. “He says the most wild things, man.”

Also Read: Twitter Thinks Lonzo Ball’s New ZO2 Shoes Aren’t So Baller

Once the Lakers secured the second overall pick, and most likely Lonzo in the process as the Celtics are expected to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz, Twitter was flooded with LaVar memes.

And with the No. 2 pi — pic.twitter.com/5PuLmWF7EO

— Drew Ruiz (@DrewRuiz90) May 17, 2017

Ball Sr.’s comments soon followed, as he doubled-down on his previous claim his 19-year-old son would play for the Lakers because he would “speak it into existence.”

The former football player also made the brash proclamation that “the Lakers make the playoffs as soon as my boy gets there,” Bleacher Report reported. His younger sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, are both star players at Chino Hills High School, and are heading to UCLA “if you put Bobo the Clown in as coach,” their dad says.

For the uninitiated to the Lavar carnival, his internet appeal boils down to three core fundamentals.

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1. He’s Loud
“It’s the brashness — the way he gives these one liners” that makes him the perfect fit for social media, according to Harrison Faigen, associate editor-in-chief of Silver Screen and Roll, a Lakers blog. His “punchy” quotes are tailor-made for Twitter.

Faigen pointed to Ball’s comments about Jason Whitlock, a national sportswriter who was critical of Ball after he told Fox Sports radio host Kristine Leahy to “stay in your lane.”

Lavar Ball: “Jason Whitlock can’t comment on anything but snacks.”

— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) May 17, 2017

“If you’re the first person to transcribe it [what Ball says] and tweet it out, it’s going to get you a million retweets,” said Faigen. “What comes out of his mouth is generally gold.”

Also Read: NBA Draft Lottery: Boston Celtics Awarded First Overall Pick

2. He’s Unpredictable
People are willing to click on a LaVar Ball story because he’s capable of saying anything. And it’s not going to be boring. Whether it’s saying his son is better than reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry, or that he’d “kill” Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one, Ball keeps topping himself when it comes to asinine statements.

It’s a cyclical — and cynical — process. Writers, radio hosts and TV shows fall over themselves to have Ball on their show. The more he speaks, the more often he goes viral, and the more likely he’ll be asked to come back — no matter how dumb his comments are.

LaVar Ball making threatening comments towards @KristineLeahy on “The Herd.” pic.twitter.com/O2ePgbnVug

— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) May 17, 2017

3. He’s Polarizing
The audience for LaVar Ball content is divided into two camps: Those that love his loud personality, and those with a severe case of schadenfreude. As Ruiz puts it, “regardless of if you love him or hate him, you’re still going to talk about him.”

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The trifecta of Ball’s persona goes beyond the realm of an obnoxious sports dad. There are plenty of those in every NBA draft, and you can’t name one from last year’s crop of players. It’s now become a weapon for Ball to utilize in his effort to build his nascent shoe and apparel company, Big Baller Brand.

Ball was widely clowned for having his “co-branding” pitch turned down by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. After deciding to go solo, the jokes kept flying on social media when Lonzo revealed the $495 “ZO2” shoes he’ll sport next season. LaVar immediately fanned the flames, tweeting “If you can’t afford the ZO2’s, you’re NOT a BIG BALLER!”

It was liked or retweeted more than 50,000 times.

Big Baller’s loose! If you can’t afford the ZO2’S, you’re NOT a BIG BALLER! ????

— Lavar Ball (@Lavarbigballer) May 4, 2017

“They’re taking a page from the Trump playbook: say outrageous shit, and you’ll cut through the noise,” Michael Bilello, CEO of Centurion Strategies, a public relations firm with NFL and NBA clients, told TheWrap. “Once you choose to [start your own company], the only way you’re going to get attention for this is to be extremely bold.”

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Ball’s business prospects have now become inextricably linked to his ability to stay in the news cycle. To keep the free publicity flowing, he has to continue churning out tweet-able content.

But the long-term viability of his brash, social media-friendly game plan will ultimately come down to something he can’t control: how his son performs on the big stage in the NBA.

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While the Boston Celtics won the NBA lottery on Tuesday night, giving the franchise the first overall pick in next month’s draft — the real winner across social media was clearly LaVar Ball.

The outspoken (to put it mildly) father of UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball — who appears destined to be drafted No. 2 by the Los Angeles Lakers — has become an internet sensation thanks to his outlandish comments and GIF-able mannerisms.

“Anything with Lavar Ball’s name attached to it is going to drive clicks,” Drew Ruiz, a contributor for Slam Magazine, told TheWrap. “He says the most wild things, man.”

Once the Lakers secured the second overall pick, and most likely Lonzo in the process as the Celtics are expected to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz, Twitter was flooded with LaVar memes.

Ball Sr.’s comments soon followed, as he doubled-down on his previous claim his 19-year-old son would play for the Lakers because he would “speak it into existence.”

The former football player also made the brash proclamation that “the Lakers make the playoffs as soon as my boy gets there,” Bleacher Report reported. His younger sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, are both star players at Chino Hills High School, and are heading to UCLA “if you put Bobo the Clown in as coach,” their dad says.

For the uninitiated to the Lavar carnival, his internet appeal boils down to three core fundamentals.

1. He’s Loud
“It’s the brashness — the way he gives these one liners” that makes him the perfect fit for social media, according to Harrison Faigen, associate editor-in-chief of Silver Screen and Roll, a Lakers blog. His “punchy” quotes are tailor-made for Twitter.

Faigen pointed to Ball’s comments about Jason Whitlock, a national sportswriter who was critical of Ball after he told Fox Sports radio host Kristine Leahy to “stay in your lane.”

“If you’re the first person to transcribe it [what Ball says] and tweet it out, it’s going to get you a million retweets,” said Faigen. “What comes out of his mouth is generally gold.”

2. He’s Unpredictable
People are willing to click on a LaVar Ball story because he’s capable of saying anything. And it’s not going to be boring. Whether it’s saying his son is better than reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry, or that he’d “kill” Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one, Ball keeps topping himself when it comes to asinine statements.

It’s a cyclical — and cynical — process. Writers, radio hosts and TV shows fall over themselves to have Ball on their show. The more he speaks, the more often he goes viral, and the more likely he’ll be asked to come back — no matter how dumb his comments are.

3. He’s Polarizing
The audience for LaVar Ball content is divided into two camps: Those that love his loud personality, and those with a severe case of schadenfreude. As Ruiz puts it, “regardless of if you love him or hate him, you’re still going to talk about him.”

The trifecta of Ball’s persona goes beyond the realm of an obnoxious sports dad. There are plenty of those in every NBA draft, and you can’t name one from last year’s crop of players. It’s now become a weapon for Ball to utilize in his effort to build his nascent shoe and apparel company, Big Baller Brand.

Ball was widely clowned for having his “co-branding” pitch turned down by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. After deciding to go solo, the jokes kept flying on social media when Lonzo revealed the $495 “ZO2” shoes he’ll sport next season. LaVar immediately fanned the flames, tweeting “If you can’t afford the ZO2’s, you’re NOT a BIG BALLER!”

It was liked or retweeted more than 50,000 times.

“They’re taking a page from the Trump playbook: say outrageous shit, and you’ll cut through the noise,” Michael Bilello, CEO of Centurion Strategies, a public relations firm with NFL and NBA clients, told TheWrap. “Once you choose to [start your own company], the only way you’re going to get attention for this is to be extremely bold.”

Ball’s business prospects have now become inextricably linked to his ability to stay in the news cycle. To keep the free publicity flowing, he has to continue churning out tweet-able content.

But the long-term viability of his brash, social media-friendly game plan will ultimately come down to something he can’t control: how his son performs on the big stage in the NBA.

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Lonzo Ball’s outspoken father LaVar Ball knows exactly why UCLA didn’t win the NCAA men’s basketball championship.

“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” LaVar Ball told the Orange County Register. “I told Lonzo — ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out the that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”

So, Lonzo didn’t quite score 30 or 40 when his Bruins were eliminated — he netted 10 points. The guy he was guarding, Kentucky’s De-Aaron Fox, poured in 39. That’s a tournament record for a freshman.

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“People thought he was giving up, but he popped his hamstring,” LaVar explained away the poor performance. “He said ‘I was trying to run, but my hamstring was pulled.’ But he’s never going to make excuses.”

“You’ve got to kill him to get him off the court,” Ball Sr. continued. “If you get in a bar fight and your eyeball gets knocked out, you can’t go outside and say my eye’s hurt. You got to go in there and fight with your eye hanging out. You never leave your brothers hanging on the court.”

As for his slow, white-guy brothers, LaVar was likely referring to UCLA starters TJ Leaf, Bryce Alford and Thomas Welsh, who combined for 39 points in the March 24 loss.

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Lonzo Ball’s outspoken father LaVar Ball knows exactly why UCLA didn’t win the NCAA men’s basketball championship.

“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” LaVar Ball told the Orange County Register. “I told Lonzo — ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out the that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”

So, Lonzo didn’t quite score 30 or 40 when his Bruins were eliminated — he netted 10 points. The guy he was guarding, Kentucky’s De-Aaron Fox, poured in 39. That’s a tournament record for a freshman.

“People thought he was giving up, but he popped his hamstring,” LaVar explained away the poor performance. “He said ‘I was trying to run, but my hamstring was pulled.’ But he’s never going to make excuses.”

“You’ve got to kill him to get him off the court,” Ball Sr. continued. “If you get in a bar fight and your eyeball gets knocked out, you can’t go outside and say my eye’s hurt. You got to go in there and fight with your eye hanging out. You never leave your brothers hanging on the court.”

As for his slow, white-guy brothers, LaVar was likely referring to UCLA starters TJ Leaf, Bryce Alford and Thomas Welsh, who combined for 39 points in the March 24 loss.

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