Like him, love him, or hate him, LaVar Ball has proven repeatedly that a Black man can go against the grain and cultivate greatness in his children. The outspoken dad has a son in the NBA, one on the UCLA basketball team, and a rising star at Chino Hills High School. LaVar’s latest move falls right in line with his unwavering commitment to advocating for his sons–he is pulling LaMelo out of Chino Hills.
Doesn’t Like The Coach One Bit
The basketball program has cycled through three coaches in the last three years. LaVar’s sons, with his tutelage, are largely responsible for Chino Hills posting a 65-3 record over the past two seasons. But the Big Baller Brand founder is bumping heads with new coach Dennis Latimore and he has decided to take matters into his own hands.
“I’m not dealing with the coach over there,” LaVar told Ramona Shelburne. “I’m not dealing with the administration over there. I don’t want no distractions on Melo. So therefore I’m going to home school him and make him the best basketball player ever.”
Homeschooling Can Work
Sixteen year-old LaMelo is just starting his junior year in high school and there are many ways that he can continue his education as a homeschooler. Young athletes and entertainers enlist tutors and enroll in online programs which make their schedules more flexible and efficient.
And LaVar owns the Big Baller AAU team and has a network of other players and teams to keep LaMelo competing in the sport. The doting dad refuses to let politics at Chino Hills keep his son from shining.
“That coach has his own frame of mind on how he wants to play and who he picks in the team,” LaVar said about Latimore. “OK, y’all got all that going on, let’s see how you do without my tutelage. Without me training those players at my house. It seems like anybody who’s training over here, that coach don’t want him in the team.”
Protecting LaMelo’s Future
The work that LaVar and LaMelo have already put in has earned the young man a No. 7 ranking in the ESPN 60. He is already committed to play basketball at UCLA joining the 2019 incoming freshman class. Latimore made it clear that he was changing the Chino Hills offense to bring LaMelo’s “50 shots a game” to an end, so can anybody blame LaVar for protecting his son’s future?
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There is no doubt that LaMelo’s presence at Chino Hills will be missed, especially after scoring 92 points in one on his games last season. But LaVar says that his son will still be able to see his friends and train with his teammates. This new arrangement will allow him to focus on honing his skills without all of the ‘distractions.’
“I’m not letting them mess with his head anymore,” LaVar said. “I’m not going to put my son through all that.”