Kanye West and LaVar Ball linked up a number of instances final Fall, together with at an ESPN studio and later at a Junior Basketball Association recreation in Belgium.
At the time, it was unclear precisely what the 2 polarizing figures had been as much as, however the latest episode of "Ball In The Family" sheds some mild on what was mentioned throughout their assembly.
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As seen within the newest episode of "Ball In The Family," Kanye truly met with LaVar for dinner previous to that exhibition recreation in Belgium, and so they spent a while chatting concerning the JBA, in addition to a potential Yeezy x Big Baller Brand collab.
"When Ye walks in, everyone goes loopy," says Lavar (H/T Sole Collector). "Nobody expects a big-time rapper to return to Belgium in the course of a basketball recreation. You by no means know who's going to return to a JBA Basketball Game. That’s why you hurry up and get there. Because one thing particular is at all times sure to occur."
Of the JBA recreation, 'Ye says, "It was lit. I see the place that’s going. I see the potential. I see the imaginative and prescient. I really feel it.” As far as BBB working with Yeezy sooner or later, Kanye hinted on the risk, saying, “I consider in ya’ll. They can’t in our approach. Period.”
Check out the footage within the video embedded beneath.
LaVar Ball Wants You To Pay $three,500 To Take Video Of His Son LaMelo
The Big Baller Brand by no means misses out on a possibility.
LaVar Ball is well-known for being that man that micromanages each little a part of is child's lives. When his oldest son Lonzo was drafted into the NBA, LaVar was proper there telling the media which groups have been and weren't allowed to draft his son. It was all a ploy for him to get taken by the Los Angeles Lakers which finally occurred. Since then, LaVar has introduced his different two sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, to Lithuania for a stint within the skilled league.
Now LaMelo is enjoying for the SPIRE Institute in Ohio, the place he's being highly-scouted by school packages. LaMelo and his teammates will likely be in a event in Kentucky this weekend and LaVar is popping heads as he is demanding that folks pay $three,500 in the event that they need to take any video of his son.
LaVar and SPIRE have what seems to be a mutual partnership contemplating they've a contract with FloHoops to stream all the group's video games for a $5K a match.
According to Adam Zagoria, there are a number of retailers who've really agreed to pay the charge. Outlets is not going to be required to pay to take video of any of the opposite groups on the occasion. The charge solely applies to LaMelo Ball and his SPIRE Institute teammates.
Lonzo Ball's Awkward Shooting Technique Is Coming Around
Lonzo Ball is noted for having a "stranger than fiction" shooting motion. Up until now the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' mantra need not apply. And yet, as his coaches and teammates report, his shot seems to be falling again, in conjunction with a new comfort level he has found on and f the court. On Monday, for example, he made all his shots, including 3 threes, in a victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
His collegiate stats suggests that there is room for improvement. The ball brothers, especially Melo are said to have "never met a shot they didn't like." That Mamba gene is unteachable. All Laker guards tremble in the shadow their predecessor. Lonzo's new teammate Isaiah Thomas, himself a high volume scorer, isn't ready to turn the corner. He had this to say about Lonzo's mechanics:
"It's an ugly shot, but he's been successful with it his whole life. So you get to the highest level, there is no need to change it. You just got to figure out ways to continue to make it better."
Since December 12th , Lonzo has seen his three-point percentage rise to a very respectable 42%. If he continues to put in the work, the results will follow, as the old saying goes. The Lakers next game is tomorrow at San Antonio.
LaVar Ball: Lonzo Won't Re-Sign With Lakers If They Don't Sign His Bros
LaVar Ball has always dreamed having his three sons, Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo playing in the NBA for the same team. With Lonzo already playing for the hometown Lakers, that's where LaVar envisions Gelo and Melo playing in the future, once their Lithuanian experiment is over.
However, if the Lakers refuse to sign Lonzo's younger brothers, LaVar Ball says the 20-year old point guard will leave the team once his rookie contract is up.
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According to Lithuania reporter Donatas Urbonas, LaVar says Lonzo will go to any team that will take all three the Ball brothers.
“I want all my three boys to play for the Lakers. But if that does not happen. I’m telling you the story what’s gonna happen first. If they don’t take Gelo this year, I bring back Gelo here (Prienai) to play with Melo for two years. Lonzo will be on his third year and I want let every NBA team know that Lonzo is not going to re-sign with the Lakers but will go to any team that will take all my three boys. That’s my plan.”
Naturally, there are some issues with LaVar's plan. Most notably, the Lakers can pick up the option on Lonzo's fourth year before he become a restricted free agent, so the master plan would have to wait longer than Lonzo's third year. In fact, the Lakers have the team-option in 2019-20 for $8.7 million and another in 2020-21 for $11 million, according to ClutchPoints.
Another glaring issue in LaVar's dream scenario is the fact that NBA scouts have zero interest in signing LiAngelo Ball.
Check out LaVar's full comments in the tweet below.
LaMelo Ball Has Been Getting Buckets In Europe
For those still doubting LaVar Ball’s Big Baller plan, his youngest sons LiAngelo and LaMelo are currently thriving overseas against pro competition.
Watch LaMelo show f his NBA-range in the highlights below; It’s looking like he’s destined for the league like his big bro Lonzo.
LiAngelo & LaMelo Ball Combine for 29 Points In Lithuania Debut
LiAngelo & LaMelo Ball finally made their Lithuania debut Tuesday night where the boys combined to put up 29 points in a 90-80 victory against Zalgiris' second team.
With parents LaVar and Tina Ball sitting courtside, UCLA dropout LiAngelo scored 19 points, while his younger brother, LaMelo, finished with 10 and had several no-look assists to wow the crowd in the process.
"I did all right," LiAngelo said. "I'm glad we won, but I could do better."
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For what’s it worth, Zalgiris’ second-team featured the top under-18 players from the elite program in Lithuania. While LiAngelo acknowledged that he "wasn't expecting the game] to be so physical," LaMelo said he didn't think there was a big difference from basketball in the States.
"Not a lot," LaMelo said. "Just another game to me. I think I passed, led and played defense well," LaMelo added. "My shooting was f, but we won. That was the main thing.”
Tuesday night's game was broadcast live on Facebook and had more than 120,000 viewers online, while another 1,500 people packed themselves into the tiny gym in the town Prienai.
The team's next game is Saturday night in a Lithuanian league contest at Lietkabelis, but it's unclear how much playing time the Ball brothers will receive since the game counts in the standings.
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Check out highlights from the Ball’s brothers debut (below) and be sure to tune into Saturday’s game on Facebook.
LaVar Ball Swarmed By Reporters Upon Arrival In Lithuania
The Big Baller Brand era in Lithuania has ficially begun.
LaVar Ball and his sons, LaMelo and LiAngelo, finally arrived in Lithuania today at the Vilnius airport and they were quickly greeted by a mob reporters and fans with their cell phones and cameras at the ready. It's a scene the Ball family is all too familiar with and can expect much more now that they're overseas.
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16-year old LaMelo and 19-year old LiAngelo will make their pressional basketball debut with Prienu Vytautas on January 9th, as Vytautas hosts Tsmoki-Minsk in a Baltic league game, which is considered a lower-level than the Lithuanian league. The brothers will make their Lithuanian league debut against Lietkabelis on January 13th.
Vytautas head coach, Virginijus Seskus, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that he expects that they "will play a lot."
Check out some the footage the Ball family's arrival in Lithuania below.
TMZ Sports caught up with the Big Baller yesterday before he boarded a flight bound for Lithuania, and he once again reiterated that all three his sons will be playing for the Lakers before long.
"We'll go over there to Lithuania] for a hot minute just to let 'em know before these boys get on the Lakers," LaVar said, per TMZ Sports. He added that the expectation is for his boys to dominate overseas for "less than a couple years" before returning to L.A. to reunite with their older brother Lonzo.
LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball Sign With Lonzo's Agent, Will Play Overseas
The Ball family is done with UCLA. Just days after LaVar Ball pulled his 19-year old son LiAngelo out UCLA, he announced that both LiAngelo and 16-year old LaMelo, have signed on with Lonzo's agent, Harrison Gaines.
LaMelo had already committed to UCLA for the class 2019, but now that he signed an agent he won't be playing for the Bruins at all.
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According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, LaVar's plan is to now get LiAngelo and LaMelo on the same team overseas.
"I don't care about the money," LaVar Ball said on Thursday morning. "I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team."
The reports suggests several teams in Europe and Asia have expressed interest in signing the Ball brothers, though it's unclear what the fers are. LaVar plans on travelling with the boys wherever they end up, and says two their uncles will also be taking the trip and keeping an eye on them as well.
"I don't know the deals and who is fering what," Ball said. "I'm letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again."
"There will be three people with them all the time," Ball said. "I'll go back and forth and probably stay out there a while at first."
LaMelo is widely considered to be a more valuable prospect than his older brother LiAngelo and is (was) among the Top-10 players for the Class 2019.
LaVar Ball told ESPN that LiAngelo and LaMelo have signed with Lonzo's agent, and the goal is to find an overseas team that will play both at the same time. This also means there’s no chance LaMelo playing college hoops — https://t.co/gYhyEIaPFO— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 7, 2017