FTW- “Man, we were supposed to go to Sacramento, but that coach is hard-headed. He wanted to do things his way. If we would have gotten along, we would have been in the state title easy. But he’s trying to have a little resistance towards me. And I’m like, ‘Man, try and do it your way. That’s why you lost three games.’
“Because once he run and just play and when my son really wants to play for you, we’re gonna do good. But when you have any kind of resistance towards me, and you the head coach, it don’t work out that good. I already knew he was going to lose that game.” - LaVar Ball
Why do I get the feeling that "his way" involved coming back past half court once and awhile and at least pretending to play defense in the playoffs? Perhaps I'm just trying to put pieces together where they don't fit, but I think (know) we would have heard about it by now if LaVar Ball was upset with the coach's style when his son put up 92 points by playing like a complete asshole.
Anyway, that's neither here nor there. Who really gives a shit whether or not Chino Hills (and their brand of basketball that would have killed John Wooden if he wasn't already dead) won their state title? Sucks that they lost, but I'm honestly just glad that LaVar Ball is proving that he's simply nothing more than a shit talker that will in noooo way interfere with the future careers of his children. Yeah, he criticized a high school coach that his son might have to play for again next year, but publicly blasting a local administrative official on a national media outlet is just his way giving constructive criticism. Clearly he just wants the best for all parties involved. Maybe his style of showing that is a little rough around the edges now, but surely he'll become more tempered as his kids get older, richer, and more famous. There's not much I know about LaVar Ball's coaching prowess, but I know it totalllllly would have been less hard-headed than whatever offense the actual coach was running that forced the Ball boys to miss 33(!) out of their 46(!) three pointers...
It really disappoints me that people would assume that the guy that already made his teenage sons targets before they fully went through puberty is in any way overbearing or detrimental to their development. Clearly he's just an expert motivator that only stopped talking them up until their unorthodox shots started falling.....and then he started yelling at anyone that would listen.