LaVar Ball, father of Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball, says his son is unhappy about coming off the bench during an impressive rookie season.
As the youngest of three Ball brothers, all of whom have been in the NBA, LaMelo was the third overall pick in the 2020 draft. Once in the NBA, he didn’t disappoint, having one of the best seasons for a rookie thus far in 2021 for the Charlotte Hornets. LaMelo Ball is currently averaging 12 points, seven rebounds, and six assists through 14 games.
Is LaVar Ball More Upset Than LaMelo?
LaVar Ball admitted that his son was good at hiding his emotions because he was actually unhappy about playing behind Devonte’ Graham.
“My thing is he ain’t happy with that, but he ain’t go show that,” Ball said. “If I train you to be the best and always been starting all your life — here is what they don’t get. My boys are not freakin’ role players! They superstars! Let them do what they do!”
LaVar, who played football at Cal State- Los Angeles, said that the reason his 19-year-old son wasn’t playing to his full potential was because of the Hornets head coach, James Borrego. LaVar Ball said that Borrego didn’t possess the “killer mindset” that his sons do.
“But, if your mentality ain’t like that, guess what? It’s hard to coach my boys and tap into the best because you don’t have a killer mindset.”
LaVar also shared his dream of all his sons being on the same team someday.
Currently, LiAngelo Ball is a free agent after going undrafted in 2018. Although he played in the JBA, he signed with the Detroit Pistons in late 2020 but was waived prior to the start of the 2021 season.
On the other hand, oldest brother Lonzo was the second pick overall in 2017 for the Lakers, but after two seasons, he was traded to the Pelicans.
LaVar has a lot of confidence in his boys, saying he thinks if his sons all team up, they could go head-to-head and beat the Brooklyn Nets’ big three, which consists of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden.
Call him what you will. We will call him a dreamer for the sake of his children.