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Old 03-13-17, 09:45 PM
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LaVar Ball, parent of college and HS basketball players in California

First heard about this guy a few weeks ago when his kid scored 92 points cherry picking in a High School game in California. He has three sons, one at UCLA and two still in HS. All three are highly rated.

Thought this was a funny article. He claims to have been great at football and basketball but it looks like his style is straight out of professional wrestling.

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“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,’’ said Ball, the 49-year-old basketball dad who is 6-6 and 270 pounds and has a mouth to match his size.

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It’s worth noting that Ball played basketball for Washington State during the 1987-88 season and averaged 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds a game before transferring to Cal-State Los Angeles in search of more playing time. Jordan, meanwhile, averaged 35 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Chicago Bulls that same season and is widely regarded as the greatest player in basketball history.
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Old 03-14-17, 09:04 AM
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Dude is off his rocker
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Old 03-14-17, 09:13 AM
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First heard about this guy a few weeks ago when his kid scored 92 points cherry picking in a High School game in California. He has three sons, one at UCLA and two still in HS. All three are highly rated.

Thought this was a funny article. He claims to have been great at football and basketball but it looks like his style is straight out of professional wrestling.



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I don't generally wish ill upon people that live outside of Steubenville, but I kinda hope his kids fail spectacularly
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Old 03-14-17, 09:43 AM
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I don't follow bassetball. Not one bit. I absolutely hate it.

But.. I know who Larry Bird is. Johnson. Abdul. Dr. J. All those guys had SOMETHING. Bird was a 3 point king. Jordan dunked from the foul line. The hook shot. What do these guys have that makes them stand out? How are they different from any other 6'9 250lb guy in the NBA carrying the ball and dunking on rims they can touch from their tippy toes? Dumb. Just dumb.
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Old 03-14-17, 09:49 AM
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This guy's kids seem destined to be drafted by lousy organizations and I cannot wait to see the hold outs and threats to play overseas unless he gets what he wants.
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Old 03-14-17, 10:00 AM
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Lonzo seems to be pretty good. He will likely be a top-20 player a year or two into his NBA career. He's not LeBron, Kobe, KD, etc though.
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Old 03-14-17, 10:03 AM
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I don't follow bassetball. Not one bit. I absolutely hate it.

But.. I know who Larry Bird is. Johnson. Abdul. Dr. J. All those guys had SOMETHING. Bird was a 3 point king. Jordan dunked from the foul line. The hook shot. What do these guys have that makes them stand out? How are they different from any other 6'9 250lb guy in the NBA carrying the ball and dunking on rims they can touch from their tippy toes? Dumb. Just dumb.
The NBA's been downhill since the Jordan's last year w/ the Bulls. The very best players wanted to compete v one another. Now, they're all friends and want to form super teams. It's no wonder college bball has become more popular than the NBA.
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Old 03-14-17, 10:24 AM
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What proof do you have that college ball is more popular than the NBA? Also, from what I can tell, NBA's popularity has been skyrocketing for quite a few years now. How can you say it's been going down ever since Jordan's last year with the Bulls? In what ways?
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Old 03-14-17, 10:26 AM
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What proof do you have that college ball is more popular than the NBA? Also, from what I can tell, NBA's popularity has been skyrocketing for quite a few years now. How can you say it's been going down ever since Jordan retired? In what ways?
Style of play, the competitiveness. In today's NBA Bird and Magic would probably try to play together. Yeah, the guys are better scorers, but there's a lack of toughness. Too many primadonnas.
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Old 03-14-17, 10:27 AM
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What proof do you have that college ball is more popular than the NBA? Also, from what I can tell, NBA's popularity has been skyrocketing for quite a few years now. How can you say it's been going down ever since Jordan's last year with the Bulls? In what ways?
And as far as proof college bball has gotten more popular, look at the ratings for the tourney, they dwarf what they were 20-30 years ago.
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Old 03-14-17, 10:31 AM
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So because NCAA ratings today>NCAA ratings 30 years ago means that it's more popular than the NBA?
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Old 03-14-17, 11:19 AM
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Not sure how anyone can deny CB is more popular than it was 20 yrs ago. And the NBA was infinitely better in the 80s and 90s. Today a normal game is played with the same intensity the players from 20-30 yrs ago played with in the All Star game. They're soft. Even guys who were "2nd Tier players" of that time like Ewing would dominate today's big men. God knows how many rebounds Barkley and Rodman would average.
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Old 03-14-17, 11:22 AM
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College basketball has been horrific the past 5 years. Thank God this year has been different. This is one of the best years in CBB that I can remember.
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Old 03-14-17, 11:23 AM
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College basketball has been horrific the past 5 years. Thank God this year has been different. This is one of the best years in CBB that I can remember.
Pretty much.
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Old 03-14-17, 11:29 AM
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College basketball has been horrific the past 5 years. Thank God this year has been different. This is one of the best years in CBB that I can remember.
I didn't say the game was better, but the popularity has increased with more exposure. It took a huge hit when the best HS players could go pro, but since they're making them stay 1 year, it's increased the game's profile.


Trivia(w/o cheating), who was the last HS player drafted?
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Old 03-14-17, 11:35 AM
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Monta Ellis, maybe?
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Old 03-14-17, 11:37 AM
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Patrick Ewing was in space jam. Second tier, the Monstars disagree
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Old 03-14-17, 11:38 AM
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Who was the last senior drafted #1 in the NBA Draft
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Old 03-14-17, 11:39 AM
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Monta Ellis, maybe?
Not quite. This guy's still in the League, but not by any means a well known player.

Edit: This is in reference to US HS players
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Old 03-14-17, 11:40 AM
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Technically Thon Maker
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Old 03-14-17, 11:41 AM
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I believe 05 was the last year and ellis was probably drafted too early.
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Old 03-14-17, 11:42 AM
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I don't know, PBoy. I think the popularity of the game has sucked the past 5 years or so. This year has been different... not sure what sort of #s would back that thought up.
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Who was the last senior drafted #1 in the NBA Draft
Duncan?
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Old 03-14-17, 11:44 AM
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Duncan?
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Technically Thon Maker
Excluding technicalities.
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Kenyon Martin
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NCAA finals ratings were down 30% last year. Pretty sure the Cavs/Warriors series was the most watched NBA finals in history.
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Old 03-14-17, 11:45 AM
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Pboy wrong.
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Jayson Tatum's dad was the player who rolled into him and broke his leg.
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I just googled it. You could give me 1,000 guesses and I never would have guess him
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