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Famous Nike exec calls LaVar Ball “The Worst Thing to Happen to Basketball in the last 100 years”


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It’s been a few days since we’ve heard LaVar Ball’s name, which is why it makes perfect sense that it came up this morning. According to Michael Smith, a writer at Sports Business Daily, longtime Nike executive and Hall of Fame coach George Raveling slammed Lonzo Ball’s father at the World Congress of Sports event in Dana Point, California yesterday, calling him “the worst thing to happen to basketball in the last 100 years.”

Ouch. If you think that’s harsh, Raveling apparently followed it up by saying Lonzo should get automatic entrance into heaven for dealing his outspoken dad. From The Postgame:

“Down the hall, to the left and have a suite, son,” Raveling said as he imagined how Lonzo would be greeted at the pearly gates.

I guess that means Nike won’t be taking LaVar Ball up on his offer of $1 billion to sign all three of his sons to their label. “Big Baller Brand” better stop selling $50 tees and start making sneakers.

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10 responses to “Famous Nike exec calls LaVar Ball “The Worst Thing to Happen to Basketball in the last 100 years””

  1. Sentient Third Eye

    I have no problem with Ball. A parent should be proud of and promote their children. Maybe he does it in an unprecedented style, but that’s the fault of the social-media world we live in. You can’t fault him for using the tools available to him.

    1. TBW3011

      No. It’s his fault. Social media doesn’t make stupidity come from his mouth. Social media only allows us to find out about it quickly.

    2. Sentient Third Eye

      Actually, social media pretty much makes everybody look stupid, to one degree or another…

    3. catsarerunnin

      Stupid is as stupid does.

  2. Mathlete

    The best thing anyone can do for Lavar Ball and his kids is to stop paying attention to Lavar forever. He’s had his 15 minutes, time to move on

  3. cbeard7

    Not even close, what short memeory

    Latrell Sprewell
    Gilbert Arenas
    Jayson Williams
    Ron Artest
    Donald Sterling
    James Dolan
    Vivek Ranadive
    Tim Donaghy

  4. Big DAWG Loggin

    LaVar Ball is a racist, mouthy, media-lovin’ Marv Marinovich control freak fool.

  5. david8577

    LaVar is your typical style over substance guy. There is just nothing there to respect.

  6. catdaddyd

    How did George Raveling get into the HOF? Coached 21 years, made ncaa tourney 6 times, never made it past the 2nd round, and had a winning percentage of .536.

    1. catsarerunnin

      He never unraveled while on the sidelines.