Bill Simmons suggests LaVar Ball was paid ‘hush money’ to stay quiet about LeBron James, Lakers
Aside from Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, everyone on the Big Baller Brand side of town has been quiet, with his father, LaVar, not causing much disturbance and making headlines as of the late. According to Bill Simmons, who joined Mike Francesa on WFAN Sports Radio, the Ball family patriarch may now be getting paid to not speak about everything that comes to his mind, especially if it has something to do with LeBron James and the Lakers.
“I have a feeling he’s going to kind of disappear. He’ll be getting a nice paycheck to not really be heard from that much,” said Simmons.
LaVar rose to fame shortly after his son arrived at UCLA as he was getting on air and making bold claims such as Lonzo being able to take Stephen Curry down in a game of 1-on-1 as well as himself being able to beat Michael Jordan. It was predestined for Lonzo to end up in Los Angeles, but many wondered how Magic Johnson and head coach Luke Walton would deal with the often blurts from LaVar on certain issues such as his comments about Walton’s respect from the players and more.
LaVar’s past statement on Lebron came at the news of his arrival.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen. I know it’s going to happen. I told you to call him L.A. ’Bron,” LaVar Ball said on FS1’s “Undisputed” on June 12. “For him to justify he’s the best player in the world ever, he’s got to win a couple more championships somewhere else.”
Many remember, however how, James and LaVar came into a bit of an exchange over choice words from the latter back in March 2017 on “In the Zone with Chris Broussard,” as LaVar stated that his sons were set up for better success than Lebron’s children because they will have far too much to live up to.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth. Keep my family out of your mouth,” James responded. “This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”
As no further words have been exchanged, one can say Bill Simmons may not be far from right.