Does he stop at nothing for fame?
LaVar Ball is like a Kardashian: many people hate him, but cannot stop talking about him. Saturday was another chapter in the saga that is, still, his 15 minutes of fame. Ball was coaching his son's AAU game when, with his team up by 9, he got on the court and argued a foul call with a referee. He later walked off the court, urging his team to follow suit and forfeiting the game in the process.
I give the man his credit for what he has done in his life. He is a great marketer, is nursing his wife after a stroke she had, and after reading the article his son Lonzo wrote, I gained more respect for him as a father. However, this is over the top. LaVar has done a lot of questionable things over the past few months, from saying he could beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game to saying Lonzo is going to be better than Steph Curry, even if he has not played a regular season game. However, this takes the cake. Having confidence is one thing, but being arrogant and exploiting your son's team for fame are two different things.
I cannot begin to defend this. The foul was the correct call. His team was winning by nine. He literally cursed out the referee. Instead, like the selfish person he is, he pulled his team off the court after the referee called a technical foul on him for something NBA players get techs and fines for every time they do so. The fact that his team also walked off the court willingly was both shocking and angering. It makes me question what kind of power dynamic exists between the coach and players, but also, it should be the players' decision if they want to play, not the coach's. Last time I checked, you can play basketball without coaches, but you cannot play without players.
I feel sorry for the team that won today because they did not really win. They are going to think that they won because the other team did not want to play because of an idiotic decision by a coach that has no business in basketball. LaVar may have some redeeming qualities about him, but Saturday, like many other days, he was nothing like a big baller. He committed a sin that the basketball gods will never forgive him for.