LaVar Ball has taken plenty of criticism, often warranted and occasionally unjust, for his parenting and how he raised his three sons. For as much objection as Ball has received for his bombastic personality, the criticism seldom takes into account the norm for how parents of standout athletes typically act. But Ball has also been right.
On top of LaMelo being drafted with the No. 3 pick in this year’s NBA draft, LiAngelo Ball’s signing with the Detroit Pistons on an Exhibit 10 contract meant all three of his sons had secured an NBA contract, proving much of LaVar’s confidence of the years was warranted.
Interestingly, one of LaVar and the family’s longest supporters has been Kevin Durant. Over the years, Durant has been a fan of Lonzo and spoken on how many kids and athletes wish they had a parent like LaVar.
On Thursday, Durant welcomed LaVar onto his podcast, “The ETCs,” for a chance to offer him some praise for how he raised his kids to his (virtual) face.
“Most definitely. I mean, you see so many different players and you see, you know, you hear the statistics about how hard it is to get to the NBA. And, you know, you got somebody that’s training you, that’s got knowledge on the game, know the history of the game, and constantly teaching you, you know, how to play this game, how to navigate in the life. I mean, you can only succeed no matter if you’re gonna make it to the top level of the NBA or you can be, you know, in the G league or overseas….