LaVar Christopher Ball is an American businessman, media personnel and personal trainer. He rose to the limelight through his famous basketballer sons, Lonzo, Liagelo and Lamelo Ball. LaVar Ball is the founder of the Junior Basketball Association and the CEO of Big Baller Brand, a sports apparel company.
LaVar Ball’s Bio, Age
LaVar Ball was born on October 23, 1967, and has four brothers named LaFrance, LaValle, LaRenzo, and Lashon. He was actively involved in high school American football and basketball in Canoga Park and also in college at the West Los Angeles College, Washington State, and the California State University. In his younger days, Ball was a prominent football quarterback and a forward in the basketball team at the Canoga Park High School.
He broke the school record in a season when he grabbed a total of 316 rebounds. Ball started his basketball college career in West Los Angeles College where he recorded 33 points and 18 rebounds against Porterville College; he later transferred to Washington State and again to California State Los Angeles playing along with three of his brothers.
After college, Ball made a return to football and signed with the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL) on May 1, 1994, as a defensive end. Ball was sent to the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football where he recorded 28 yards in kick returns. He quit playing football after he sustained a career-ending injury. For his academics, Ball studied criminal justice while he was in college.
Ball launched his sports apparel company in 2016 and it first shoes retailed around $495. All his sons have signature shoes and have advertised for the Big Baller Brand. LaVar Ball is estimated to be worth $4 million. In a move that would surely boost the family income, Deadline Hollywood reported that Facebook would be backing a reality show focused on the Ball family. The show will be called Ball In The Family
Family – Wife, Sons
LaVar met his wife Tina Catherine Slatinsky in college. Tina was born 11 December 1967 in Miami, Florida to Robert and Catherine Slatinsky. She attended Alta Loma High School and California State University, Los Angeles where she met her future husband. Like Ball, Tina was highly involved in basketball both in college and high school. She played for the California State Los Angeles Golden Eagle Women’s basketball team.
The two got married in 1996 and are blessed with three sons Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo. Tina got a job in high school as a physical education teacher after they both settled down and she suffered a massive stroke in February in 2017 which meant she was hospitalized for some months; however, she is slowly recovering and has gotten back to her feet.
LaVar Ball’s first son Lonzo Ball was born on October 27, 1997; he is 6 feet and 6 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds (86 kg). Lonzo is the most popular and the most successful of the LaVar’s sons and has received several national awards. He was personally trained by his father and played college basketball for UCLA Bruins before being selected as the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft. He is currently dating his high school love Denise Garcia and they both welcomed their first child – a girl they named Zoey Christina Ball on July 22, 2018.
LiAngelo Ball was born on November 24th, 1998; he is 6 feet and 5 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds (104 kg). He currently plays for the Los Angeles Ballers of the Junior Basketball Association. LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA on Dec 4th after he was suspended for shoplifting in China. He then played alongside with his younger brother LaMelo for BC Prienai of the Lithuanian.
LaMelo Ball the youngest of the Ball siblings was born on August 22, 2001. He is 6 feet 6 inches and weighs 153 pounds (69 kg). Lamelo is one of the most publicized teenage basketball players currently. He has played for BC Prienai with his brother and now plays professionally for Los Angeles Ballers.
The Ball brothers had the privilege of been coached by their father while they were growing up. LaVar Ball’s parenting style has been criticised and praised in some quarters, while some praise him for his hands-on approach in raising successful athletes, others have attacked him for being too overbearing in their lives.
What is LaVar Ball’s Height?
As you would expect of any professional sportsman, LaVar Ball has an impressive physical stature. He is 6 feet 3 inches tall (1.91m) and weighs 263 pounds (119kg)