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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.