much more than just The LaVar Ball Show

much more than just The LaVar Ball Show

But if you’re a person (read: mature adult) capable of wading through hyperbole and willing tograpple with the novelconcept human beings are complex, the first two episodes of «Ball in the Family» offer much, much more than a platform for LaVar to boast and brag. Don’t get it twisted he’s not ready to back off his claims he could beat Michael Jordan in a game of 1 on 1 or that his progeny are the greatest basketball players he’s ever seen. But, more importantly, the showgives acompellinglook at a manwholly committedto helping his wife, Tina, andhis boys in their quest to execute the plan he’s presented and they’ve adopted wholeheartedly reach the NBA and play for their hometown Lakers.Given the odds, it’s a quest as preposterous as LaVar’s pridefulness, but with Lonzo going No. 2overallto the Lakers in the 2017 draft and wowing in the NBASummer League in Las Vegas, the Balls are for 1 for 1.»Everything my dad does is definitely planned,» Lonzo said in one of the opening cutaways of the show’s first episode, which premiered Thursday afternoon. «Even if people think he’s crazy, he knows what he’s doing.»MORE: Lakers fined $500,000 for tampering with Paul GeorgeThe show tracks theBall boys, each at a coming of age moments in their development. Lonzo is adjusting tonavigatingthe NBA life as a rookie, expected to resurrect one of the league’s most storied franchises and return it to its championship glory all the while maintaining his three year relationship with girlfriend, Denise, who apparentlydoesn’t play.»I’ve caught Zo in a couple lies, but I know he’s never cheated on me,» she said in the show’s second episode. «He would be an idiot if he did anything stupid because, A. I’m going to find out, and B. 7 in the nationin the class of 2019 by ESPN, must traverse the high school ranks without either of his big brothers by his side for the first time.However, the mostinteresting element of the show is itsexploration of LaVar’s relationship with Tina. Viewers will learn howthey metandwhat her parents initially thought of him.»My daughter told me she she had a boyfriend, and being that I’m white and he’s black, I didn’t know how to take that at first,» Tina’s father, Robert, said. But LaVar and Tina’s folks have shunned hiring a speech therapist to work with their girl. Instead, they’ll help her get get back to normal, the same way they do everything as a family.MORE: Jay Z has nothing but praise forLaVarBall’s «vision»»She used to have long hair and I think when she feels her hair and it’s not all there, she might be thinking, «Aww, no. I don’t look as good as I normally do,'»LaVar said. «The way I always told her is, «I don’t care if your eye is on the side of your face and your noseis crooked and your lip is down. You still gone look beautiful to me «cause I only see you one way.'»As long as she can do two things we good. One is smile and the other is kiss her boys. She’s gonna get better. I know it. Whether it takes one year, two years, three, where am I going? We all in this together. We got a good team.»