Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar, will be coaching a JBA team
Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball’s father, the infamous LaVar, will be taking his coaching talents overseas. According to JBA Media, Ball has been named the head coach of the Junior Basketball Association’s (JBA) USA TEAM, which plans on competing against talented players from foreign countries during the upcoming international season.
In the meantime, Alan Foster will serve as the JBA’s president of basketball operations.
BREAKING: Lavar Ball will be the coach of the JBA USA TEAM. President of basketball operations Alan Foster will run day to day activities.
— JBA Media (@jbamediabbb) September 12, 2018
The JBA just finished its inaugural season. It is meant to be an alternative option for high school and college-aged kids to showcase their basketball skills to NBA scouts. The league reportedly paid each player $30,000 as an annual salary, but former JBA player Brandon Phillips claimed he was not given the amount he was promised.
Phillips was a member of the L.A. Ballers, a team that featured Ball’s two younger sons, LaMelo and LiAngelo. He was cut before the Ballers won the league’s first championship, but investigations are still ongoing to get to the bottom of things.
Most of Lavar’s experience as a coach comes from AAU. His sons played for his highly publicized Big Ballers team. Ball even had a one-game appearance as an assistant coach at the professional level, helping lead LaMelo and LiAngelo to a 31-point victory for BC Vytautas in Lithuania but that was in an exhibition game for the Big Baller Brand challenge against a team of teenagers.
Ball is the founder of a sports apparel brand, a large scale youth basketball league, and will now add national team coach to his impressive resume. Let’s see if the best talents of the JBA and Lavar’s zany antics can find success on a bigger stage.