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Exclusive: LaVar Ball on Championships for the Lakers, the JBA, and the Ball family empire

Exclusive: LaVar Ball on Championships for the Lakers, the JBA, and the Ball family empire

LaVar and the Ball family were in town as they made their way to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland for a pair of JBA games on Thursday night. Two of LaVar’s sons, LaMelo and LiAngelo, play on the Los Angeles Ballers, who defeated the Atlanta Ballers 170-123.

What’s the JBA, you ask? The Junior Basketball Association is a professional men’s league that gives high school and junior college players a chance to play professionally and make money as an alternative to the NCAA. The league was founded by LaVar Ball in December 2017 and kicked off the inaugural season on June 21.

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“The chemistry, it’s so special to me on the fact that I love watching my boys play,” Ball said on watching his sons play together again. “With Gelo back, they’re both just having a great time. And like I said, the bottom line is all my boys are gonna meet up at the Lakers.”

LaMelo posted his third straight 40-point triple double against Atlanta with 48 points, 24 rebounds, and 14 assists. LiAngelo also finished with 48 points along with 16 rebounds and eight assists.

To close out the interview, LaVar touched on what he expected from the Lakers this season after adding LeBron James to play alongside Lonzo and the young Lakers. “Championship. I expect that all the time. You can’t give my son the best player in the game and don’t expect them to win a championship.”

Watch the full interview in the video above.

Lead editor and credentialed media member covering the Dallas Mavericks | Born & raised in the Dallas area. UNT graduate. Sports writer with a hefty beard and a smooth jump shot.

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