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In the power rankings for Father of the Year, LaVar Ball continues to rank near the bottom, down the list with guys whose kids would’ve been better off if they’d been raised by single moms.

Ball’s latest train wreck moment as a parent came at the expense of his youngest son, LaMelo, whose NBA prospects dwindle by the day as his father fritters away his talent on exhibition games and Lithuanian benchwarming.

The JBA International Tour, which was supposed to provide NBA scouts with proof that lack of college basketball wasn’t hurting LaMelo’s draft stock, has instead shown that the “JBA All-Stars” wouldn’t be able to avoid relegation if they played in the Lithuanian Basketball League.

LaMelo got in a tussle with Mindaugas Susinskas in BC Dzukija’s 124-116 win over the JBA squad on Oct. 1, throwing hands and getting ejected from the contest.

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The incident was featured in the latest episode of the family’s Facebook TV series “Ball in the Family,” and LaVar went nuclear on the boy in the locker room afterward.

“You a selfish motherf—er,” Ball told his 17-year-old son. “You get tapped in the head, I told your ass we cannot f—in’ respond like that. You of all people, but you let me down. You f—ed up my brand, you f—ed up my game.


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“We don’t win because your ass f—in'” — LaVar pretended to fight — “‘Let’s go, what’cha wanna do?’ Son, I told your ass, I said you’re getting on my bad last nerve because you’re doing the wrong s— over and over and over. I thought you had my back. You don’t care about nobody on the team. You don’t care about winning. You care about yourself. And I’m supposed to be calm.

“You new guys, I brought you over here to block a f—in’ shot. … You might as well go back home. You’re gonna come over here, come over here and play. I thought you y’all was hungry for a f—in’ job. Ain’t nobody getting no job playing like this. Ain’t nobody getting no job.

“But I tell you what, I blame this, this loss right here, not on none of y’all. Cause y’all need to do your thing. I blame it on that raggedy f—er right there,” he said, pointing at LaMelo. “You changed the whole, the whole trip is f—ed up now.”

The sheer volume of doublethink required to turn LaMelo into the bad guy here is beyond the ken of even the most ardent party devotees in Orwell’s “1984.”

LaVar talks about only thinking about himself, then immediately segues into “you f—ed up my brand.”

“My” brand. Big Baller Brand. But sure, LaMelo’s part in this little dog-and-pony show is the problem, LaVar. You keep telling yourself that.

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“You don’t care about nobody on the team. You care about yourself. I thought you had my back.”

Is LaMelo Ball's hope of making the NBA ruined?

The only thing LaMelo did wrong in that whole sequence was that airball at the rim because he thought he was James Harden for a second and tried to rip a shooting motion through contact.

LaMelo Ball is not James Harden.

Lonzo Ball continues to struggle for the Los Angeles Lakers, being floated around in trade rumors as a potential piece in an effort to bring Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans alongside LeBron James.

LiAngelo Ball washed out as an NBA prospect after he got busted for shoplifting in Shanghai, lost his spot on the roster at UCLA, then had his eligibility shot down by his dad’s Lithuanian misadventure last year.

And now LaMelo, who was once floated as a possible NBA-caliber talent, is getting kicked out of exhibition losses against a team with about as much chance to win Euroleague as the Knicks have of winning the NBA Finals this year.

All because of a fame-addicted nobody who’s right up there with Marv Marinovich and Jim Pierce as the worst sports dads in history.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Birthplace
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Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Nevada-Reno
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Seattle, Washington
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