“LeBron went to LA, now meet LaMelo” : Why Lavar Ball’s confidence is exactly what his sons need

To some LaVar is loud, cocky, and boastful, but to others he’s just a passionate father.

“LeBron went to LA, now meet LaMelo” : Why Lavar Ball’s confidence is exactly what his sons need
American basketball players LiAngelo and LaMelo's father LaVar Ball holds up his arms in greeting before speaking to the media upon their arrival at the international airport in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball in December signed one-year contracts to play for Lithuanian professional basketball club Prienai - Birstonas Vytautas from the small southern Lithuania town of Prienai, some 110 km (68 miles) of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) (Mindaugas Kulbis)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Lavar Ball’s reputation precedes him.

To some he is loud, cocky, and boastful, but to others he’s just a passionate father.

That certainly came across when he spoke on his youngest, LaMelo Ball.

"LeBron went to LA, now meet LaMelo" : Why Lavar Ball's confidence is just what his sons need

Lavar is the father of the Ball boys, Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo.

The oldest, Lonzo plays point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers alongside Northeast Ohio’s own LeBron James.

The family recently made a similar cross-country move when LaMelo decided to wrap up his senior season at Spire Institute in Geneva,

But if you ask Lavar it was a clean swap.

“LeBron left Cleveland for LA, so here, have one of the Ball boys.” 
Lavar Ball

At just 17-years-old LaMelo has the spotlight on him early.

He played in Lithuania last year, and most recently did a stint in his father’s JBA league.

His arrival to Northeast Ohio was met with a life-size billboard near downtown Cleveland.

Welcome to Ohio, LaMelo!
Welcome to Ohio, LaMelo! (Source: Overtime)

But the people closest to the teen aren’t worried about the hype getting to him at all.

“He’s a kid,” head coach Jermaine Jackson added.

I don’t think anyone his age will have a ‘level head’, but that’s okay, he’s a great kid."

And to top it off, he’s balling.

Ball is playing with some of the top talent in the state with Rocket Watts and Isaiah Jackson running the floor.

The team is packing arenas at high schools across the country; definitely the case when Spire showed up against Garfield Heights.

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No matter what you think about the family, you can’t knock their success.

While the off-the-court antics may be a distraction to some, his kids know without a doubt, that he’s there to support.

“At the end of the day, that’s my baby boy. I want to see him have fun.”
Lavar Ball

His crew at Spire Institute is doing just that:

Their next game is scheduled for Dec. 5, against Life Christian Academy, the game will be played at Virginia State University at 7 p.m.

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