A few weeks ago, the sports world was in the midst of giving Lonzo Ball so much love as it looked like he was finally stepping up and being his own man.
The Los Angeles Lakers guard was said to had cut ties with Big Baller Brand co-found Alan Foster after he allegedly stole $1.5 millions from his personal and business accounts.
He then took it to another level when he posted an image on Instagram that suggested that a move to Nike was in the future. A couple days later, he officially took his Big Baller Brand tattoo off of his arm.
Unfortunately, the good times wouldn’t last long.
Yahoo’s Chris Haynes published an article on Friday that shows that LaVar Ball is very much still in control.
“The plan was for the Los Angeles Lakers’ second-year guard to become his own man, but LaVar Ball has re-emerged as the shot-caller in orchestrating his son’s next pivotal move, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
LaVar Ball has since met with a few NBA agents on his son’s behalf and CAA is viewed as the favorite to gain control of the point guard’s career, sources said.
But there are concerns from respective agents with LaVar’s involvement and where the family stands financially with the failed Big Baller Brand, sources said.
In the process of vetting agent candidates during meetings, LaVar is inquiring if the agencies have the power to pair his three sons — Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo — on the same NBA team, sources said.
LaMelo, the youngest son, may have an NBA future, but middle son LiAngelo is not viewed as an NBA-caliber player. Multiple agents have reached out to gauge the interest of Lonzo Ball, sources said, but most became uninterested once notified LaVar is still running the show.”
Before Lonzo even made it into the league, Lonzo bypassed potential lucrative multi-million dollar shoe deals from multiple established brands because LaVar wanted a billion dollar deal up-front. Once he was told no, he started Big Baller Brand and released Lonzo’s signature shoe on that family brand.
Ball has had two sub-par seasons that has mostly been marred by nagging injuries that includes an ankle injury that limited him to just 47 games this season. During the 2018-2019 season, he averaged 9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
The Ball family might be headed in a new direction, but LaVar’s voice is still very much in control.