A few weeks ago I wrote that LaVar Ball was like Donald Trump’s black twin brother because they continue to amaze us at what they’re goin’ to say next. When you think a boy can’t be more outlandish they hit a new high. We’ve heard LaVar say that his son Lonzo was better than Steph Curry before the dun had even played a single minute in the NBA. He jumped out of the birthday cake and told the world that he would have beaten Jordan in his day even though he averaged 2 points per game in college.
We heard him tell the three major shoe companies to kick rocks and that he would sell his own shoes without distribution. Then we saw him charge boyz $499 for a shoe that was never released. He told us that his son LiAngelo stealin’ in China was no big deal, pulled he and his youngest brother out of school and shipped them to Lithuania. I could go on for hours with this foolishness but you get my point.
Well playas…on Wednesday he not only got butt naked and jumped out of the birthday cake but he pulled all of his skin off down to the muscles and tendons and dove off of the cake stand into the punch bowl. Ole boy said that he was launchin’ a basketball league for nationally ranked players who have graduated high school but didn’t want to got to college. He’s callin’ it the Junior Basketball Association.
Now accordin’ to him, it’s goin’ to be fully founded by the Big Baller Brand. The same brand that has no distributor and that stiffed everybody on the shoes that they ordered last spring. I’m just sayin’. He says that he’ll pay the lowest ranked player $3,000 per month and the highest ranked player $10,000.
Okay, let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! On the surface, what he’s tryin’ to do may sound like a great idea especially to people that know absolutely nothin’ about sports and basketball in particular. Yes, there are players that don’t need to go to college because they’re pros playin’ in high school right now. It’s a complete waste of time for them to be on a college campus. Yes, these colleges and universities exploit the crap out of the superstars that show up for a year or two by sellin’ their jerseys and likenesses etc.
Yes, the NCAA Tournament makes a killin’ every year off of the coverage from CBS, TBS, TNT and whatever other side station they have coverin’ these games. There’s a several billion dollar deal in place to cover the Tournament. We all know that the “One and Done” player only has to take his classes pass/fail the first semester, simply enroll in class for the second semester and once the NCAA Tournament is over they don’t even have to go back to class. Why? Because the draft is in June. So who cares if they flunk out? They’ll be millionaires with guaranteed contracts at that point right? So yes, we’d like somethin’ done about the foolishness of college basketball and guys transitionin’ to the NBA.
However, what LaVar is tryin’ to do makes absolutely no sense. There are only 6 to 8 people in the world that are One and Done’s every year. He’s lookin’ for 80 kids to fill the rosters of his league. Not everybody playin’ high school basketball that is ranked is good enough to play in the NBA. Ninety-nine percent of the kids goin’ to play college basketball actually need to go to class because they aren’t gettin’ drafted. There’s only 60 draft spots per year.
That means that out of all the millions of people in the world playin’ basketball only the top 60 are gettin’ drafted and at least 15 of them are European. So where’s LaVar goin’ to get the 80 players worth watchin’ that he needs to fill this silly idea of a league? The European players are already playin’ pro ball and the American one and done’s aren’t about to trust their future’s to a league that has ZERO resources.
What happens if a kid gets hurt foolin’ around with LaVar? He get nothin’ but the silly $3,000 to $10,000 per month that he says he’ll give them and that’s it. If he gets hurt in college he’s still on scholarship and can at least get an education for free. It’s foolishness!!!!
If every one of the potential “One and Done’s” show up to play in his league he’s got 8 kids. Now what? Where’s he goin’ to get the other 72 to 74 kids? He’ll have to fill the roster with a bunch of cats that weren’t goin’ to college anyway. Why? Because kids that already know they aren’t goin’ to be “One and Done” or even “Two and Done” aren’t stupid enough to believe that they’re goin’ to get to the NBA playin’ in LaVar Ball’s Junior League.
So why would a kid with a slim to none shot of bein’ drafted forfeit an opportunity to get a FREE education to fool around with a dun that has ZERO credibility for followin’ through with his word? And he has ZERO resources to compete with the colleges and universities?
Here’s the second question to this foolishness. What does the Big Baller Brand League offer that makes it attractive enough for a McDonald’s All-American bein’ courted by places like Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Michigan State to say “I’m not goin’ to college? I want to play for LaVar.” Those schools and many others have multi-million dollar strength and conditionin’ facilities, team doctors, nutritionists, trainers and support staff at the players beck and call. They’ve got built in fan bases and millions of dollars to travel on charter plans and dine in five star restaurants while on the road. They’ve got television contracts that allows the kids to be seen on TV every night while they’re on, what is essentially, a freakin’ NBA job interview. Let’s ask the basic question bruh, “Who’s goin’ to coach these kids?”
LaVar can’t compete with what these big time schools have to offer. He doesn’t have facilities, team doctors, trainers, strength and conditionin’ staff etc. for one team let alone one for every potential team. Where are the teams goin’ to play? Where is he goin’ to get the fan base? Who’s payin’ to see a bunch of former high school cats play that aren’t goin’ to the league. I just told you that there are only 6 to 8 “One and Done’s” walkin’ the earth every year. So who’s watchin’ the other kids? It makes no sense bruh!!!
And how is LaVar goin’ to pay boyz what the G league isn’t even payin’ right now? Nobody’s makin’ 10 racks in the G league and they’re funded my the NBA!! Why? Because nobody is buyin’ tickets to see the G league players play. So if he’s got no fundin’, not sellin’ shoes, no venues to play in and no fan base why would anybody in there right mind sign up for this foolishness?
If they don’t want to go to college they can always go to Europe and play like Brandon Jennings did for six months and makes $600,000, come back and get drafted even if LaVar could figure out how to give them the stupid 10 grand per month.
Sometimes it’s best to just shut up and keep it movin’. How bout he worry about how his own kids are goin’ to get to the league without the proper trainin’, strength and conditionin’, nutritionin’ etc. Stop me when I start lyin’!
1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.
2) Ole boy: noun – the person that I’m currently talkin’ about.
The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”
The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!