LaVar Ball isn't listening to the haters. Less than 24 hours after announcing plans to start his new basketball league, The Junior Basketball Association, Ball is asking the haters to do the same thing they've always done. Nothing. In a new video released by TMZ, the father of pro-ballers Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo, said he plans on giving young basketball players what they're worth.
Ball announced the launch of the JBA on Wednesday. The new league will be completely funded by his Big Baller Brand and will give high school hoopers an alternative to going to college. The league will reportedly pay its player between $3,000 - $10,000 per month. Despite being an alternative to college hoops and the NCAA, the league will use the same rules as the NBA. ESPN reports that Ball was partially motivated by the comments made by NCAA President Mark Emmert at a SportsBusiness Journal conference.
LaVar's JBA is going to:— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) December 20, 2017
-Pay top-ranked HS kids to play
-Provide everyone with BBB gear/shoes
-Prepare kids for the NBA with pro rules
-Try to take down the corrupt NCAA
Let's see how this gets spun into a negative.
When asked if Ball was good or bad for college ball, Emmert responded, "Is this about someone being part of a university and playing basketball or any other sport with that school's jersey on, representing that institution, or is it about preparing me for my career, my professional career as a ballplayer? If it's the latter, you can do that inside a university and that might be a really good way to go. But if you don't want to and you don't think that it's right for your family, then don't come."
In theory I love what Lavar Ball is doing with this league. My conditioning has me worried about things like education & NBA readiness if you skip College... but Im stupid cause College doesn’t guarantee u shit... America is about $— OldMan Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 21, 2017
The JBA is looking for 80 players to fill 10 teams. There is no word on when it will begin.