Fifteen months ago, LeBron James issued LaVar Ball a stern warning.
But the Ball patriarch apparently wasn’t listening.
The father of Lakers youngster Lonzo Ball famously hopes to have all three of his sons suit up in purple and gold together.
Now he wants arguably the world’s most famous hoops scion to join them: LeBron James Jr.
“Here’s the plan what I think. LeBron come to LA,” Ball said in an interview at a recent JBA event. “[LaMelo] and [LiAngelo] get on the team. Now, you got the Ball boys. LeBron got four years with the Ball boys. And then when he’s out the game, his son comes in the game, and we take care of his son. The Ball boys take care of little Bron. It goes on and on.”
The old paper bag filled with rocks and bad teeth has apparently done some research on the son of Lonzo’s new Lakers teammate over the past year.
Back in March 2017, Ball publicly doubted James Jr.’s basketball future.
“There’s been a lot of great players, and all of their sons are whack. Kareem’s got sons, Jordan’s got sons, Shaq’s got sons,” Ball said, before turning his attention to LeBron’s kids.
The four-time MVP, as you might imagine, was displeased.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth,” LeBron responded. “Keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now. … He can talk all about his brand, talk about his sons, talk about basketball, talk about me. But keep my family out of this.”
At least this time around, Ball didn’t trash the 13-year-old they call Bronny.
Though it’s probably unwise to even tempt the wrath of a man who could have LaVar’s son playing in Orlando at the drop of a dime.